Southern Challenge: Dressing Room

I always wanted a proper dressing room. I fantasize of having a beautifully large bedroom, flanked on either side by large walk-in closets, which lead into an inner sanctuary. A boudoir I guess. My butler would bring me a martini while I soak in my bath. My imaginary husband wouldn’t be allowed in this space. It would be all mine, and in turn, he would have his own, which naturally, I would have no interest in entering. I think the reasons are obvious and I not elaborate. As Michelle Obama says – “When they go low, we go high”. So let’s keep this in the realm of the beautiful.

Joss and Main Llewellyn Desk . 30″H x 30″W x 20″D $102.99

In this southern challenge, we have a bath inside the master suite, which while it is in lovely shape, it isn’t quite roomy enough to support the necessities of female living. Hair and make-up must be straightened, braided, blown out, applied, curled and otherwise made salon quality, and that simply cannot happen in cramped quarters. I could almost hear those grand old dame’s of the bath tiles whimpering at the thought of being thrown out with the trash. How undignified. I wouldn’t think of it. They don’t make tile, tubs, and vanities like that anymore, and with a little paint that en suite is going to be glamorous all over again.

Left: West Elm’s Mid-Century Mini Desk $399. 36W x 20D x 30H (on sale now at 20% off) Right: Target Console Desk . 41.9W x 29H x 15.6D note that this option would not accommodate the tower. $104.45

That of course doesn’t solve the issue of a place to primp. Just across the corridor is a small, but suitable walk-in closet. It’s not quaint or charming – yet anyway, but it will be when we are done with it. It has a window, which I consider to be a huge bonus when it comes to closets. Natural light, such a wonderful surprise.

Ballard Design Sarah Storage System. Top pieces 86″H x 19″W x 14″D. Left: $599.25. Middle and Right: $524.25. Bottom Left: Corner $$749.25. Bottom Right: $599.25.

I did consider a California Closet, and that certainly is still an option, but I thought I would try something a little different here. The Ballard Design closet components are transitional in design style – I like that for this stately old Georgian Home. The pieces offer great flexibility, and the little nook within the closet is the perfect place for a dressing table. Again – you could have a custom vanity with drawers built for the space, but at considerable expense. I’ve selected a mini-desk that will snuggle in nicely, while still allowing a tower column with a mirrored glass door. What’s a walk-in closet after all if you can’t confirm you look fabulous before exiting.

Left: Ballard Design . Swivel Stool Slip covered. $98.48 – $310.50. Right: Target Pink Fringed Ottoman $56.99

I’ve provided several desk options, and of course will recommend mirrors for above the desk, a pendant light – every closet needs a bauble for onlookers to gawk over. Maybe a little throw rug for the sheer luxury of walking barefoot across. Oh, I do think I visualize the lady of the house being very happy in this space.

All – Shades of Light. Left: Quatre Crest $560. Middle: Deco Glam. Right: Minimalist Globe $260.

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