Dressing tables originated in 18th century France and provided the lady of the house a special place to apply her cosmetics and perfumes although those were often elaborately inlaid mechanical tables with special drawers and fold-away extensions. Now sometimes referred to as a vanity, they are still included in many master bedrooms, baths and dressing areas. Kidney shaped skirted dressing tables are more romantic than their skirtless counterparts. The overall shape is special because the indentation allows the user to move closer to the center. Both of these dressing tables feature gathered skirts, one with a simple band [above].
A second table is finished with a ruffled edge at the top using pin-stripe fabric that matches the draperies. Boudoir collectables, such as dresser trays to hold perfume bottle collections or dresser sets are most often found along side silver frames and bud vases. The addition of a single framed or triple folding mirror along with a pair of dresser lamps and chair, stool or ottoman create a favorite place to start and end each day.
(Sources: Chris Madden, Windham House Design, Ready to Cover)
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