Dreamy Vanities

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Design by Amy Gold, Architectural Digest
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Houzz
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Louis Vuitton Fall 2010
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Liz Caan Interiors LLC, Elle Decor
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Photographed by Chelsea Allen for Silverhills.com
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Greta Garbo
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Marcel Wanders dressing table
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Jackie Kennedy's dressing room, Architectural Digest 1962
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Delphine and Reed Krakoff, photographed by Francois Halard
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Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights
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Courtney Love photographed by Emily Weiss
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Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind
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Lake Bell, Vogue
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Designed by Craig Wright, Architectural Digest
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Audrey Hepburn
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The Apartment Penthouse Suit, London Connaught Hotel
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Grand Piano Suite at Claridge's
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Nicki Minaj, Moment 4 Life Music Video
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Khloe Kardashian by Douglas Friedman, InStyle
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Garance Doré by photographed Emily Weiss
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Elizabeth Taylor's dressing table, Architectural Digest
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Kris Jenner's Dressing Room by Jeff Andrews
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Britney Spears, Now That I Found You Music Video
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Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls
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Penner House by Paulette T Frankl, 1938
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Suzanne Kasler's Atlanta home, Architectural Digest
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Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Dark Passage
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Aerin Lauder's East Hampton Home, House & Garden
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Katie Lee's Dressing Area
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Carrie Hayden design, photo by John Granen for House Beautiful
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Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2
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Nina Garcia's Dressing Table, Architectural Digest
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Marilyn Monroe
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Alicia Silverstone in Clueless
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Norman Bel Geddes, 1929-32, Brooklyn Museum
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Robbie Myers by Emily Weiss
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Armand-Albert Rateau dressing table, 1925, The MET
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Miranda Kerr by Emily Weiss
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Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby
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Dita Von Tesse by Emily Weiss
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Byung Hoon Choi, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The vanity table as we know it today dates back to 17th-century Europe, I recently learned thanks to an awesome exhibition at the Met (Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table). While there's sometimes a fine line between desk and dressing table, they're best appreciated when not used to multitask, but as a place of indulgence, even if your grooming routine takes all of five minutes. Hollywood's Golden Age beauties didn't rush brushing their hair, moisturizing, or applying perfume. For me, sitting at a vanity seems to evoke that time, but will bring alive whatever your ideal glamour era may be. Sit back and time travel through a roundup of gorgeous vanities, vintage to present-day.

—Katherine Cotter

Katherine Cotter is an NYC-based home and garden consultant.

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  • http://www.bowtiesandcaviar.com Bowties

    Maybe one day I'll have a large enough space to have a beautiful vanity. till then I'll settle for doing my makeup and hair in the bathroom :-/ These are all gorgeous. Things like this give me interior design envy :-) the other week I fully rearranged all of the furniture in one of the rooms of our condo. Not the same but the change is enough to keep me happy for a while :-)

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  • lucky

    I share a 500 sq ft apartment with my husband but we managed to dedicate a small corner to my vanity. In both senses of the term I guess…...

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