Dream dressing room

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Elle Decor

We bought our apartment in Paris almost twenty years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son.  It’s a beautiful Parisian apartment in a building that’s about 150 years old.  It has all that you would expect to find in a classic French apartment from the Haussmann era: high ceilings, herringbone floors, five sets of interior French doors, gilded mirrors, floor-to-ceiling windows, paneling, crown molding.  What it didn’t have, when we first moved in, was a SINGLE closet!  Can you imagine?  What’s a girl who likes to shop to do?

Well, armoires in the bedrooms did the trick for a while until we managed to carve out some actual closet space when we undertook a renovation a few years ago.  Even still, storage space is limited.  Apartment living requires you to make your belongings fit into the space that you have.  You’re forced to edit, which is a good thing.  The most stylish Parisiennes all seem to have a “uniform”.  They know what works for them and stick to it.

Despite its one major shortcoming I still love our beautiful apartment.  So what if I’ll never have a proper dressing room, that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about what mine would look like if I did.  Aerin Lauder’s dressing room, pictured above, is about as close to perfection as you can get.

Here are some of my dream dressing room musts:

A vanity with a lovely big mirror for putting on make-up and accessories.

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Anthropologie

A beautiful view would be nice too.

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via Decor Pad

A plush rug or carpet to keep my bare feet warm.

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Architectural Digest

Shelves for shoes!

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Architectural Digest

Lots of storage for handbags and accessories.

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via Elle Decor

A spot to sit and relax and enjoy my private retreat.

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Architectural Digest

Fantasizing about my dream dressing room got me thinking about how I’d pull this all together if I had an extra room to devote to my clothes.

I’d start with a beautiful backdrop like this breathtaking wallpaper from Gracie Studio. I’m not sure if this is the exact one that Aerin Lauder used in her dressing room but it’s quite similar.

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Gracie Studio

The ultra-feminine wallpaper is the obvious star here. To keep things from looking too froufrou I’d add streamlined accents and plenty of white to ground the space: white linen drapes, a plain plush white rug (no shoes allowed!).

I’d want lots of built-ins like these.

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via

With these knobs.

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Etsy

Touches of brass add a bit of glamour and warmth to a space and the clean lines of these pieces lend a modern vibe.

Pretty hooks for planning my outfits.

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Schoolhouse Electric Breyman hook

Lighting is key when getting ready and natural light is a plus, but the sky is often gray in Paris so I can’t always count on that.

I’d use these sconces.

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Destination Lighting Kirkwood sconce

And this pendant. I always find a pendant to be the best option for lighting a space from overhead. This one is really special thanks to its brass rod and rim. I wish I could find one here in France!

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Arhaus pendant lighting

Vanities are always much too small so I’d choose a writing desk instead to have more tabletop space.

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CB2 Dahlia desk

And add a simple and comfortable slip-covered chair.

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Restoration Hardware Belgian Slope armchair

An oversized mirror for my vanity.

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Arhaus Amelie mirror

And lastly, this wonderful chaise.

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Bernhardt Hyland chaise from Horchow

It’s a good thing this is just a daydream, I’d never want to leave!

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