I ended up staying home today because Hope's ear infections (she has them in both ears) are continuing to flare up. We are going to the ear, nose & throat specialist tomorrow. While she was napping, I decided to take some photos of my dresser/dressing table . It really is just a dresser, but I've set up the top with all of my precious items that were once on my dressing table.
My very first decorating project was when I was about 14 & saw a photo of a romantic dressing table in a magazine (I'm so glad that I kept this picture):
I wanted one for myself & went about collecting the items for my dreamy dressing table. I saved my babysitting money & purchased a decorator table (one of those round tables that is really just plywood & legs) & a white tablecloth from the JC Penney catalog. Over time, I found a vintage tea cloth at an antique sale that I went to with my parents, which I laid over the Penney's tablecloth. At Christmas, I requested a silver dresser set & perfume bottles, to complete my collection. My family generously gave me many of these items over the years, until I had a real dressing table. My first completed decorating project!
I don't have a place for the dressing table any longer & it was really just for show, but I do love to display my special things all in one place. In the photo above, in the lower left corner, you can see a carved wood box that my artist uncle made for me for my 16th birthday. The red leather jewelry case was a gift from Glenn one Christmas. There are photos of my maternal grandfather & grandmother, both taken in the 1930s.
You can see that my one & only perfume is Chanel no 19. I've worn it since I was 15 & it remains my favorite. One of the women that I babysat for always wore it & I loved it...still do. After years of wearing it, I learned that it is the scent that Coco Chanel wore herself.
The delicate ivory porcelain bowl is one of my prized possessions. It was done by a ceramics artist that is local to my hometown of State College, PA. It looks like a shell or a petal of flower. She made it by draping thin layers of porcelain clay over one another in a mold. The Limoges box below it was purchased on my first trip to Europe, a high school trip that took us through France, Monaco & part of Italy. I keep the leftover francs from that trip inside of the box.
This is my one treasure from the Portobello Road market in London, purchased on my semester abroad in college. Its a Victorian/Edwardian (I'm not sure) perfume bottle, though its unusable now, since it no longer has the "puff" that is needed to get the perfume out of the bottle. Does anyone remember what I'm talking about? Those oval/round "balls" that were attached to perfume bottles....you squeezed them to make the perfume come out.
Sharing this has been fun! I'll have to look around the house to see what other goodies I have to share :)