Glass, Glamour and a Vintage Dressing Table

My mother has a beautiful old dressing table. Since I was a small child I have been fascinated by it and all the shiny, glittery items that sit on top of it. A wealth of 1950’s glamour is captured in this piece of feminine furniture. A glass top to reflect the cut glass trays, jars, silver brushes, photoframes and exotic perfume bottles.  A trio of elegant mirrors, a pale wood body in a curved voluptuous shape, delicately carved ornament and swirly silver drawer handles, the whole piece is worthy of a place in the most romantic Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn movie. The perfumes bottles which stand on it may have changed over the decades – Nina Ricci ‘L’air du Temps in the 70’s, Chanel N°5 and Estée Lauder ‘Youth Dew’ in the 80’s, Dior ‘Dune’ and Givenchy ‘Ysatis’ from the 90’s to the present day – but the allure and romance it conjures up will always be the same for me……………………

 ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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  1. busy lady says:

    This is so beautiful. It makes a difference when people use beauty in their houses.

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    1. Thankyou very much busylady! I agree, beautiful things however simple add warmth and heart to a home.

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  2. Beautiful, warm, feminine sparkle!

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    1. Thankyou rimmington2014! Glad you think so!

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  3. Anne says:

    This reminds me of my paternal grandmother’s dressing table. My grandfather also got one for my mum when she married my father, and my sister and I have always loved those two pieces of furniture. Just recently a friend told me they were getting rid of an old dressing table because they had no use for it. I offered to buy it, but instead lucked out when they said I could have it. As I type this, I’m having it cleaned up and polished… Your post has brought back some lovely memories and I’m definitely going to use it as inspiration. Will share pictures when I complete my new project. – Thank you for always being such an inspiration, Jane.

    Xoxo

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    1. What a lovely comment Anne Thank you! This dressing table was part of a gorgeous bedroom suite bought by my parents in the 50’s when they were young newlyweds, so much a part of that romantic era! I shall look forward to seeing your pictures when the project is complete!

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  4. Love it! Could you take some more pictures of the table itself? I would love to see the whole thing!

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    1. Thankyoiu simply susane! I shall have a go and maybe do another post! 🙂

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  5. Lovely, lovely photos, Jane. So evocative of romance and history. I have always judged a hotel room by whether or not they have a “dressing table.” Having one in your own home is wonderfully classy. But as I’ve come to find out, your mother exudes class from every pore. And clearly, she’s passed down the trait.

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    1. Many thanks Shelley! It’s funny, although I’ve never been much of a ‘girlie’ girl, I have always coveted that dressing table! Very Grace Kelly!

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  6. Sooooooper dooooooooper….
    As you say, wouldn’t look at all out of place in a Hollywood movie….(Though I think more Rock Hudson than Cary Grant).
    The light is SO beautiful Jane, I’m guessing it’s sat in a BIG window…Wonderful.
    (But I bet it’s a bugger to dust).
    😀

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    1. Many thanks sh, I really appreciate that you like them! 🙂 Actually I cheated slightly with the light and heaved the thing around a bit to catch the side light from the window. Never a problem with dust – my mother simply will not permit it 😀

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      1. Well worth a heave in my opinion…The light makes it!
        Your Mum would not have appreciated mine…She was easily the most untidy woman in the world. Dust had to fight for space with biscuit crumbs and old newspapers…It’s no wonder I’ve turned out a tad hyper tidy…..

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      2. I confess to being to between the two – I try very hard to be tidy but I frequently disappear off to another world and returrn some while later to my own particular chaos! 😀

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      3. The road to a shiny dresser is paved with good intentions……..
        :-/

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