The Decorum Diaries

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What Emily Post Thinks About My Dressing Room

The only safe measure of what is good, is to choose that which has best endured. ...In the same way examples of old potteries and china and glass, at present being reproduced, are very likely good, because after having been for a century or more in disuse, they are again being chosen. Perhaps one might say that the “second choice” is “proof of excellence.
— 1922 Post, Emily (2012-05-11). Etiquette (p. 86). . Kindle Edition.

Okay, so Emily doesn't really have an opinion on my dressing room, but because of the above quote I can guess that she would approve.
 
Below you'll find my second ever youtube video and a few photographs of my dressing room. I even threw in a bonus shot of our master bath before the updates. (So those who watched the video could see the subway tile and original sink I mentioned.) The photo captions below have additional information on the updates.

As I mentioned in the video, I will soon be adding a makeup vanity and stool to my dressing room, (I think a cozy rug is in order too) and I will be sure to show you the updated photos when I do!

But first-- Today when my husband needed me to shuttle him to a tractor and back, I was able to hop in the car and head to the country before we had even hung up the phone. There's no way I would have been ready to go when he called had I not resolved to begin each day presentably dressed.

Here's a snapshot of my day. It's a photo of me following my sweet husband to our shop. I have a soft spot for this particular tractor. She's older than I am and my husband bought her while we were newly engaged. He's moved onto bigger and newer tractors for most jobs, but this girl still pulls her weight on the farm.

Here's a snapshot of my day. It's a photo of me following my sweet husband to our shop. I have a soft spot for this particular tractor. She's older than I am and my husband bought her while we were newly engaged. He's moved onto bigger and newer tractors for most jobs, but this girl still pulls her weight on the farm.

 

 

Classics like grasscloth and marble subway tile in a herringbone pattern feel right at home in this 1929 Lady's Dressing Room. Behind the chair, you'll notice the pass-thru laundry chute.

Classics like grasscloth and marble subway tile in a herringbone pattern feel right at home in this 1929 Lady's Dressing Room. Behind the chair, you'll notice the pass-thru laundry chute.

 

My "placeholder" folding table now sits under the window. The chair has been moved to my study, and the étagère has been moved upstairs to my children's bathroom.

My "placeholder" folding table now sits under the window. The chair has been moved to my study, and the étagère has been moved upstairs to my children's bathroom.

 

 

Here is a better view of my built-ins. (One without my head blocking the view!) You can see from the clothes hanging in the closet that my wardrobe has had a few updates, but is still fairly minimal.

Here is a better view of my built-ins. (One without my head blocking the view!) You can see from the clothes hanging in the closet that my wardrobe has had a few updates, but is still fairly minimal.

 

 

This is the view from our master bath looking into my dressing room. As you can kinda-sorta see in the before shot below, the original floor in the dressing room was oak. It was tough to choose to replace rather than refinish the hardwood, but my intention was to make the bathroom appear larger. The shift from marble to oak visually chopped the room in half, the new floor fools the eye into seeing a larger space.

This is the view from our master bath looking into my dressing room. As you can kinda-sorta see in the before shot below, the original floor in the dressing room was oak. It was tough to choose to replace rather than refinish the hardwood, but my intention was to make the bathroom appear larger. The shift from marble to oak visually chopped the room in half, the new floor fools the eye into seeing a larger space.

 

 

This before photo that shows the original subway tile, sink, and original floor that I mentioned in today's Youtube video. Had this been your bathroom to redo, what choices would you have made? One option I thought of, but eventually resisted, was taking out the wall behind the sink, and placing a new vanity centered between the bathroom windo and the dressing room window. The master bath would have been made much larger, and felt more modern-- but I would have sacrificed the original design for the dressing room.

This before photo that shows the original subway tile, sink, and original floor that I mentioned in today's Youtube video. Had this been your bathroom to redo, what choices would you have made? One option I thought of, but eventually resisted, was taking out the wall behind the sink, and placing a new vanity centered between the bathroom windo and the dressing room window. The master bath would have been made much larger, and felt more modern-- but I would have sacrificed the original design for the dressing room.

 

 

I forgot to take photos of my placeholder vanity but you can get a glimpse of it here in these photos my 8-tear-old took this evening. As I resisted pulling my hair out trying to figure out editing and uploading to Youtube-- she busied herself with twisting and braiding it. She then picked tiny flowers from the Lantana in our garden, working them into the braids. She photographed it with my phone so I could see what she had done. Unfortunately, the flowers were super stinky, so the look didn't last long.

I forgot to take photos of my placeholder vanity but you can get a glimpse of it here in these photos my 8-tear-old took this evening. As I resisted pulling my hair out trying to figure out editing and uploading to Youtube-- she busied herself with twisting and braiding it. She then picked tiny flowers from the Lantana in our garden, working them into the braids. She photographed it with my phone so I could see what she had done. Unfortunately, the flowers were super stinky, so the look didn't last long.