In this post: Do you have a bedroom vanity? One of my favorite dressing table ideas for a master bedroom is to use a secretary desk as a vanity table.⇒
I love pretty things, I truly do.
But as much as I love the pretty, I also feel that every furniture purchase is an opportunity to solve at least one or two problems. Chief among them, in most homes, is the challenge of storage.
So when we were decorating our master bedroom in our townhome and it was time to work out what I’d use as a dressing table, I wanted something that provided more than just a few tiny drawers. This is why I use a writing desk as a vanity.
Ok, to be fair, it’s more than just a writing desk. It has a hutch, as well. But I love the look of a writing desk and the nooks and crannies it offers. I keep tissues behind the little doors and cosmetics in the pull out drawers. But mostly I love the small vintage pieces that add charm to the surface of the desk.
My chair is a little painted cane back chair with a pretty boudoir pillow tossed on for comfort.
Almost all of the pieces that grace the writing surface are vintage, from the silver sugar bowl used to showcase florals to the pair of tiny hand mirrors that have been passed down in our family.
The hutch is a goldmine of extra storage which is a true privilege. Behind the glass panes I keep books and other striking things, whereas the wood doors hide the full breadth of the tools for my makeup routine.
I enjoy displaying my collection of correspondence instruments on this type of desk. The crystal inkwell and mother-of-pearl letter opener and magnifier were found in an antique market in London.
The view from this spot is delightful and a wonderful way to start my day. The lighting by the window is great for makeup application and I keep my mirror in the cabinet beneath the desk.
Vintage family photos in antique frames add a note of warmth and the clock nearby is a must for me, given my terrible habit of underestimating how long it takes to get ready for even the simplest or most casual of outings. (I am notoriously 10 minutes late for everything!)
Ever present in my decor, a lovely teacup sits at the ready. I keep them in every room, but the place a cup of tea makes the most sense is right here, presiding over my morning routine.
I’m not much of a heavy drapery girl, so these soft linen panels are perfect for my taste. We brought the gilded tie backs along with us from our last home, because I just love them so much.
The desk is a reproduction of a Swedish desk and the clock at the top is large enough for me to see from my bed across the room when I wake up in the morning. A pretty little trash can catches stray tissues and lip pencil shavings.
I really enjoy decorating in regions by function and this desk is my go-to spot for my morning routine. Besides dressing, there’s ample space for my laptop and it’s a nice place to sit and read morning emails while I sip my tea. I will share a little secret with you, however…
99 times out of 100 the tea in my cup is iced tea! True story.
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