Okay – so the weather is not exactly turning it on – but it IS spring. It is! (*shakes fist at sky*) And here at Zanui, we’re putting our pretty on. For the last week we’ve been practically imprisoned inside the house. (So. Much. Rain.) So we thought we’d get in a little self-pampering in this modish dressing room styled by James Treble.*
*You can only do so much spring cleaning, surely. 😉
Fusing old world glamour with contemporary feminine charm, JT creates an inviting and intimate space. There’s chintz, an old-school Vogue print and paisley in the rug with a French provincial flavour running through it all. It’s positively lavish.
JT talks us through the building blocks here.
The dressing room is a haven for the individual. It’s a place of escape. It’s about stealing back a bit of me-time from your busy life. It’s a space for private reflection, the place where you get prepped for taking on the world. The aesthetic should reflect this intimacy, this luxuriousness, this sense of relaxation…
“A dressing room is a little bit indulgent by definition,” James says. “It’s a personal space so it can be a bit busier in the patterns and the mix of colours than you might go in say a living room.”
Indulge in sumptuous florals and intricate patterns in your soft furnishings but carry through the colour within your decor accents to create a holistic style. Here an almost Tiffany’s blue is touched on in the Kodari Paisley Designer Rug and the Eleanor Roman Wall Clock and complimented by the turquoise tones in the Replica Vogue Painted Canvas.
OLD MEETS NEW
“You don’t want your space to look brand new. If it’s all one style it looks overly worked,” JT warns. “You want to create a sense of history within your decor – otherwise it becomes de-personalised.”
In this dressing room, the Marseille Chest of Drawers in weathered oak performs this role nicely. Its masculinity and distressed finish stand out amongst all the soft floral hues. It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit hand-me-down, adding charisma and a grounded element to the room.
French provincial in attitude, the Marseille Chest of Drawers balances and collaborates with the Paris Dressing Table and Stool in pristine white. The stool cushion carries through the soft timber hue of the dresser and this tone is again referenced in the base colour of the Brink and Campman rug and the shade of the Empress Table Lamp to create a harmonious look.
OVERLAP YOUR LIGHT SOURCES TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE
Enhance the mood by combining a variety of lighting. Here JT has added stately style with the Tall Knight Pillar Candle Holder in addition to a Lotus Tealight Holder and a table lamp. This illuminates the space with a soft yet practical glow. It’s still functional – you can do your makeup in the mirror by lamplight (nice) – but it creates a warm ambience as well.
WORK YOUR STORAGE SPACE @ 70:30, HIDDEN TO OPEN
Displaying the scarf you haggled for in the markets of Marrakesh adds a delightful touch to your dressing room. But opt for less is more and don’t clutter your surfaces. Clean surfaces maintain a spacious aesthetic and allow you the room you need to piece together your look, lay out your make-up and plan your jewellery.
Just a touch of whimsy goes a long way. In addition to its vintage elegance, the Andrea Mannequin is a great prop to have in a dressing room. It’s perfect for draping your robe, scarves, and jewellery over or for airing out the creases in your outfit for this evening.
“The Andrea Mannequin injects some old world charm into the room,” JT explains. “It contrasts the kind of clean, almost clinical spaces many of us inhabit for our work. My grandmother owned one of these. I’ve seen it in photos!”
THE VINTAGE TRUNK
The Stateroom Trunk Side pays tribute to the world beyond the four walls of your dressing room. It adds an element of the exotic that takes you beyond the everyday. It says wanderlust, romance, escape…
“This travelling trunk evokes the feeling of holidays,” JT says. “It gives that impression of having just embarked on a vacation. So whilst you might be momentarily stuck in your life, weighed down by commitments or a sense of duty, this piece is like a breath of fresh air. It rescues you from the stagnancy of the moment.”
THE PROCESS OF LAYERING
Styling your space is a process of evolution. It’s all about layering: collecting textures, colours and personal items. It’s easy to feel impatient, but rushing to “get it done” is counter-productive. A gradual gathering of items will create a space that’s unique and personal that you’ll love longterm.
“A space is more comfortable if it has evolved and developed its own personality over time,” JT says. “Your home should be informed by your very own personal history.”
So. What do you think? Are you sold? Is it love or loathe? Too much or not enough? Tell us your thoughts! 🙂