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.
A beautiful view would be nice too.
A plush rug or carpet to keep my bare feet warm.
Shelves for shoes!
Lots of storage for handbags and accessories.
A spot to sit and relax and enjoy my private retreat.
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.
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.
With these knobs.
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.
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.
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!
Vanities are always much too small so I’d choose a writing desk instead to have more tabletop space.
And add a simple and comfortable slip-covered chair.
An oversized mirror for my vanity.
And lastly, this wonderful chaise.
It’s a good thing this is just a daydream, I’d never want to leave!