Friday, 19 June 2009
I was wafting a duster & some polish around my bedroom (not my favourite occupation I might add!) and started thinking about dressing tables.
I remember my mum having a sleek 60's/70's one when I was a child. A long one with a knee hole in the middle so you could sit down while preening, applying your make up or completing your bee hive hair do. It had various drawers containing fascinating lotions & potions, brushes & rollers etc.
My sister & I had our hair cut on many occasions while sitting in front of it & probabably experimented with applying my mum's make up too!
I had a little white painted kidney shaped one with a free standing mirror on top & a curtain around the front - a "Dolly Varden" I think!
It went very well with my fringed pink candlewick bedspread in the days before duvets.
You don't see that many dressing tables in bedrooms these days do you? Once an essential part of a lady's life it seems they have become a little obsolete.
Having said that, I do have a dressing table - my mum bought it at auction for me when I was about 15 & it has travelled to various houses with me & across the sea too - it probably originated in England before being taken to South Africa & now it is back here.
It is such a practical item of furniture, one wonders why they ever fell out of fashion.
It holds lots of things in it's various drawers & I keep some pretties on display too.
Above the dressing table I display my small collection of Victorian silver purses & a chatelaine which holds various useful items such as a tiny hand mirror, a propelling pencil, a coin holder & a button hook.
I'm always impressed with how even practical, useful things were always pretty as well as functional - perhaps that is the attraction of vintage? The effort put into even the simplest item?
So....how many of you still have a dressing table or have memories of one?