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Is there any woman that doesn’t love the idea of sitting on a vanity stool/chair/bench, at a beautiful vanity, custom made just for her, with the time to carefully apply her makeup, daydream a little bit, fix her hair, pull on her stockings and dab on a bit of perfume before starting her day…or evening?
Does anyone else remember watching their glamorous mother or grandmother doing this, and have memories of the cloud of her perfume wafting through the air while you shared special secrets?
Who remembers Hollywood movie star Kay Francis, below? Talk about allure!
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Or what about this vintage boudoir photo of Shirley Kilpatrick, a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe? That vanity stool was surely chosen by this movie’s set designers for maximum impact. A little ruffle, with black velvet banding, a la Chanel, can be a good thing…
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Today, dear Hadley Court readers, we want to share some of our favorite vanity stools with you, and ask you to share with us, in the comments or on our Facebook Page, which one is your favorite and why….but before we do…
As you know, design is in the details and thoughtful interior designers like Leslie Hendrix Wood help you carefully think through how even the simplest of furniture items will be used.
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So, before we start showing you are favorite vanity stools, here are 5 Top Design Tips for you to think about before you and/or your designer selects the perfect vanity stool for you.
OUR TOP 5 TIPS FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT VANITY STOOL
1. What angle will your vanity stool be seen from most often?
Often, it’s the back, and if this is the case with your vanity stool, too, then think, first, about the back details of whatever vanity stool you are choosing.
2. Will the vanity area be part of a larger area?
What details will help your vanity stool fit in – or stand out- in the context of that larger setting?
3. Do you really use your vanity stool to apply makeup?
If so, do you use powders? Might a fabric that can stand up to makeup, and be wiped off, versus a luxurious silk, be a wise choice?
4. Do you often need to pick up your phone…or talk to your child/husband, etc., sitting near you?
Would a swivel mechanism be useful to you, or perhaps concealed casters?
5. Does your vanity stool need to slide underneath your vanity, or is it just for looks?
If it needs to slide underneath your vanity, measure its width carefully, and the seat height, and make sure the arms, if there are any, slide all the way up underneath your vanity so that you can comfortably apply your makeup when you are leaning forward into the mirror.
OK, ready? Which one of these vanity stools/chairs/benches is your favorite?
Is it No. 1?
1 – Suzanne Kasler’s Alexandra side chair for Hickory Chair?
Is it No. 2?
2 – Barry Darr Dixon’s Roseanne Vanity Stool for Tomlinson Erwin Lambeth?
Here’s the Roseanne, in scale, in a beautiful blue coastal bathroom designed by Barry Dixon Interiors.
Is it No. 3?
3 – Christopher Guy’s Savoy Vanity Stool
TIP> Don’t forget to measure the seat width + arms at the very widest point. Sometimes catalog measurements aren’t quite accurate and that can make the difference between a vanity chair that can fit between two cabinets, and one that can’t.
Is it No. 4?
4 – Or his Givenchy design, shown below. Click the link that says GIVENCHY to play with designing your own combinations of fabric and finishes!
Is it No. 5?
5 – Frontgate’s lovely ELENA vanity stool, but with a much higher back. Would you mind if it covered up your own pretty back?
And then there are some vintage options – like these 2 below.
Is it No. 6?
6 – The one above: a 1960’s era French inspired revolving tabouret vanity stool from 1st Dibs.
Is it No. 7?
7 – this vintage brass bamboo vanity stool from One Kings Lane, above.
However, since this vintage mongolian lamb hair and gold bamboo vanity stool is already sold…
Is it No. 8?
this one, below, available to order, online, here?
Okay, Hadley Court readers..which one of these 8 vanity stools is YOUR favorite …and why? Please let us know in the comments or by clicking over to our Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/HadleyCourt and letting us know there!
We hope you had fun, got inspired and learned a little something, too!
As always, thank you for reading Hadley Court, we appreciate YOU.
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Founder, Editor In Chief
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