Vanity is making a comeback, at least in the furniture department. The vanity table, a standard in 18th century paintings and grandmothers' houses, is showing up, glamorously, in suburban master suites and teenage bedrooms. And it's no longer designed just for women.
New York designer Charlotte Moss begins and ends the day at a vanity table, skirted in mauve silk from an antique Chinese robe.
The top is covered with bowls and shagreen trays holding amber and coral necklaces, cuff bracelets and chunky pearls. There's an antique black chinoiserie mirror on it. She sells a similar vanity at her new shop in Manhattan.
"My vanity table is organized chaos, and I love it," Moss says. "Some people keep their makeup on it, but I like to use it for my accessories so I can see them all as I get dressed."
At West Elm, a sleek chocolate vanity table with a pull-up mirror is new for fall.
"Anyone getting ready to go out could use this table," says Kate Mulhearn, spokeswoman for the home decor retailer. "The darker color makes it unisex."
Says Moss, "I have male friends who spend more time getting ready in the morning than some women I know."