135 Weeks | The perfect dressing table

When I was a little girl I was a big — no strike that — a HUGE fan of Sindy dolls.

Keep your Barbie, I was a Sindy girl through and through.

I had 19 in total and (almost) every time we ever went shopping as a family my dad would get roped into buying me another. My mum was not such a pushover, so most of my Sindy clan were bought on Saturday afternoon trips to the shops with my father.

It was my most played with toy —without question — and my Sindy dolls had everything.

A beautiful four storey house with a lift up the side, a swimming pool, a horse and carriage. She even had a shiny red Range Rover. Yep, Sindy lived the life that, as an adult, I would give my eye-teeth for.

And one of the things she had, that I coveted the most, was a beautiful dressing table.

‘When I grow up I am having a dressing table like that.’

Fast forward 30 odd years and I still don’t have that dressing table.

So, I thought it was high time I remedied this situation. Whilst Sindy’s Rococo inspired version suited my little plastic friend — it’s a bit too chintzy for me.

I’ve found the perfect dressing table on the Oak Furniture Company website.

The perfect dressing table

the perfect dressing table

The Perfect Dressing Table

A lovely size — at a compact  1170mm by 455mm — the Etienne Oak Dressing Table would work well in a dressing area or bedroom but equally well as a console area in a hallway.

This kind of piece is so versatile.

The painted woodwork will tie in with most colour-schemes plus it’s the kind of lovely shape that would work well in a traditional home or — with the addition of a contemporary mirror or chair — could look equally fantastic in a modern interior.

the perfect dressing table

1/ Lamp 2/ Mirror 3/ Vase with Orchid  4/ Dressing Table 5/Perspex Chair 6/ Sheepskin Rug 7/ Perspex Storage Boxes  Central Image/ Just Bella Blog

I love the fact that you’re essentially getting three pieces of furniture in one. A dressing table, writing desk, console table. Plus, as it’s painted oak, it will last a lifetime.

Plus, to have a dedicated space to keep my make-up and jewellery is a bonus.

So whilst I may not have Sindy’s amazing car and lifestyle I will finally have the perfect dressing table.

Have a look at my Pinterest board for more inspiration.

This post was written in collaboration with the Oak Furniture Company but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.

Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. Molly
    8th October 2015 / 1:18 am

    I always wanted a dressing table too – and have never had one – so you have reignited the wish with this lovely post, I can just see that painted oak one working for me!

    • 8th October 2015 / 4:40 pm

      Aaah it’s SO lovely isn’t it? Would fit in so many different settings too. I always imagined sitting at a dressing table, getting ready — there’s something so glamorous about them isn’t there? xx

      • Molly
        8th October 2015 / 5:56 pm

        Absolutely. I would like someone to stand behind and brush my hair one hundred times too ;)

  2. 8th October 2015 / 7:05 am

    I had Sindy, the girls now have Barbie. Adore that dressing table. I still don’t have one and really need to do that! Gorgeous ideas as always.

    • 8th October 2015 / 4:38 pm

      Weird isn’t it? The whole ‘pink’ Barbie thing never appealed to me!! Little girls don’t really get a choice these days do they? I would LOVE to live like my Sindy!!! ;)

  3. 8th October 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Caro, you and I cannot be friends – I was the ultimate Barbie girl haha! Still, Barbie had an awesome dressing table too, and I always wanted one. Still don’t have one – wah! I think this one from Oak Furniture really fits the bill, it’s simple and elegant and would look great with an Art Deco style mirror. One day! Sabrina xx

    • 8th October 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Hahaha!!!! That’s hilarious!! I couldn’t stand Barbie — she was so fake and everything was pink!! Sadly, these days, Sindy seems to have had a little too much Botox and now looks a lot like her!! ;) I won’t hold it against you lovely! LOL!! The dressing table is lovely isn’t it? So elegant. I can’t wait for the day when I finally have one… and that lovely red Range-Rover too ;)

      • Molly
        8th October 2015 / 5:56 pm

        I think I’m a lot older than you all, but ‘back in my day’ we had Daisy, a doll by Mary Quant who was like a Barbie or Cindy – but cool, with great clothes! I wish she had lasted. I had two, one blonde and one brunette.

        • 9th October 2015 / 9:59 am

          Aah you’re probably not!! But I don’t remember Daisy — I really did only have eyes for Sindy! A friend of mine was obsessed with Pippa dolls — remember them?!

  4. 8th October 2015 / 8:59 pm

    I was a Sindy fan, too. No Barbies in my house but it was the wardrobe I loved as opposed to the dressing table. I’d quite like a dressing table now though. I need somewhere to keep all my treasures rather than a wicker basket on the bedroom floor.

    • 9th October 2015 / 9:24 am

      I LOVE the fact that you didn’t have Barbies!!! Haha! Why doesn’t that surprise me either?? Yep. I loved that wardrobe — and her lovely swirly, antiquey looking bed. I think I’ve basically grown up wanting to be my Sindy doll ;)

  5. 10th October 2015 / 8:25 am

    OH lovely this is fab! I was a Sindy girl too, I had the house with a lift at the side and two horses – one with a plastic tail! My mum has kept most of them so Flo loves playing with them as well now. This dressing table is a dream. Love the style x

    • 11th October 2015 / 3:56 pm

      I don’t remember the horse with the plastic tail??!! We’ve still got the horse and carriage and the swimming pool and Range Rover!! I was convinced I’d have a daughter to pass it all on to!! Not sure the boys would be that interested!! ;) Would LOVE that dressing table — just lovely xx

  6. 13th October 2015 / 8:45 pm

    We’re in the process of updating our bedroom so I may just steal this idea…

    • 13th October 2015 / 10:28 pm

      Aaah if I had the room I would definitely have one!! Each time we move I always think ‘is this going to be the house with the dressing table?’. Sadly, I haven’t quite got there yet!! One day… ;)

  7. 13th October 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Ah I loved my Sindy dolls but I must admit I did also have a few Barbies and a Jem doll too. I had a fab Sindy doll’s house full of amazing furniture and yes, that amazing dressing table!! I have to tell you that I do have a very similar full size one in my bedroom now. I’ll take a picture of it soon and send it to you.

    • 13th October 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Arggh!! SO jealous of your dressing table!! Even though I haven’t seen it — I KNOW I’ll love it. I always, always wanted one!! Maybe when I grow up? ;) xx

  8. 13th October 2015 / 10:43 pm

    I was a Sindy girl too. My Sindy only had a tent and a trailer so she lived in that. I think she must have been he poor cousin to your Sindy dolls. I would have loved to have the house and dressing table. I always think dressing tables are so grown up. It is the one piece of furniture that I really miss and would love. Your choice is fab and I love the accessories you have chosen too. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 14th October 2015 / 11:28 am

      SO glad that you were a Sindy girl!!! :) And yep — I agree — I always think dressing tables seem very grown up (and glamorous) too!! Can’t wait for the day I have one of my own!! That’s bigger than Sindy size! ;)

  9. 28th October 2015 / 7:27 am

    I love that look with the traditional and modern. I’m still trying to find the perfect bedroom colour scheme and really do like this. Pinning for when I make my mind up. #homeect

    • 28th October 2015 / 4:59 pm

      Oooh new bedroom colour-scheme… I’m looking for inspiration too. I’m wondering whether to go a little darker than we currently have. So, so undecided about it!

  10. 28th October 2015 / 7:40 am

    Beautiful choices, I hope you don’t have to wait much longer for your dream dressing table. I recently got my own dressing table too, also featured in my HomeEtc post this week. Like you it is something I have always wanted to own. It’s not quite as lovely as the one you pictured but I love it all the same and I love having my own dedicated space for getting ready in the mornings. x

    • 28th October 2015 / 4:46 pm

      Ooh! Really looking forward to seeing your dressing table!! I absolutely LOVE them — there’s something so glamorous about them isn’t there? :)

  11. 28th October 2015 / 8:25 am

    Oh how lovely is this – such a grown up dressing table. I particularly love the perspex chair with sheepskin, how cosy does that look?! #HomeEtc xx

    • 28th October 2015 / 4:44 pm

      I’d blooming LOVE it. It’s something that’s been on my home wishlist forEVER. But we’ve never lived anywhere with a bedroom big enough to house one! x

  12. 28th October 2015 / 10:00 am

    I love that dressing table, it’s gorgeous! I’ve had my eye on one in IKEA for years but sadly, because our bedroom is in the eaves, it means we have very little wall space against which to fit furniture and we don’t really have a space for one. Now I’ve seen this, I’m wondering whether I should sacrifice my chest of drawers and dedicate that space to a dressing table. I’m sure my husband would be delighted about it! ;-)

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:00 pm

      Yep — same — we’re not in the eaves but the walls are taken up with windows, radiators or built in cupboards!! No room for lovely dressing tables!! xx

  13. 28th October 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I would love, love a dressing table. No room for one at the moment really but one day…! #HomeEtc

    • 28th October 2015 / 3:29 pm

      Aww me too!! I have always, always wanted one. STILL not got a bedroom big enough to house one!! Maybe in my next life?! ;)

  14. 28th October 2015 / 7:27 pm

    That’s so funny, I think I had as many Barbies as you had Sindys and mine too lived the life of luxury – I think the best thing I remember was some kind of jacuzzi, so extravagant!

    It’s a beautiful dressing table, I’d love one too – maybe if we ever get round to revamping our bedroom which is desperate need of some TLC Xx

    • 30th October 2015 / 10:27 am

      Our bedroom is in need of TLC too. It’s SO tired. Could definitely do with some improvement that’s for sure. I’d absolutely LOVE a dressing table to do my makeup at. So glam!! Like a forties film star :)

  15. 29th October 2015 / 12:31 am

    He he Sindy really did live a swanky life didn’t she. I was a Sindy fan too and mine had a sports car and boyfriends, as well as an extensive wardrobe. And sash! But she’s upstairs right now. She’d love that dressing table just as much as I do X #homeetc

    • 30th October 2015 / 10:25 am

      Aaah I’d bloody LOVE to be Sindy. She had EVERYTHING I want. So spoilt!! Was she self made..? ;)

  16. 29th October 2015 / 3:46 pm

    There are certainly some lovely pieces here. I particularly love the dressing table. Thanks for hosting #homeetc

    • 30th October 2015 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Helena — me too!! Gorgeous isn’t it? :)

  17. 2nd November 2015 / 2:00 am

    I was much more of a Barbie girl :)

    Dressing tables are gorgeous, I always wanted to have a white ornamental one… It just looks so glamorous and adult to have a proper dressing table. I sometimes think that if only I had a place to put my make up on properly and store my jewellery in I’d be a proper glamazon… Maybe :D Still, regardless, it would be hugely practical as well! #homeetc

    • 3rd November 2015 / 9:04 am

      Haha!! I never liked Barbie — everything was just too pink for me! And she had tiny feet too!! :) And I totally agree — it’s such a grown up thing isn’t it? I can imagine sitting, doing my makeup, at a gorgeous dressing table too… ;) One day maybe? xx

  18. 2nd November 2015 / 11:23 am

    Just gorgeous and so beautiful! I would love that too! Barbie fan here – no surprise there ha ha!! Great choices and lovely post. Thanks for being a superb co-host :) Jess xx #HomeEtc

    • 3rd November 2015 / 9:07 am

      It’s lovely isn’t it? The dream one in my head is more ornate but I don’t think it would go with anything else we own!! I think a simple version is probably the way forward! One day maybe? xx

  19. 2nd November 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What a gorgeous dressing table :-) I REALLY want one in our new loft room, but I’m still not sure where to put it- need somewhere to store all my make up and other beauty crap, I haven’t had anywhere proper to do so since I was a teenager living at home! *sigh*

    • 3rd November 2015 / 9:08 am

      I’m totally the same!! I don’t think we’ve really got room for one here — every wall is taken up with a window, radiator or HUGE piece of furniture. I’ve got room where my mirror is but it’s 8ft high and I LOVE it!! Not losing that — even for my dream dressing table!! ;)

  20. Patricia
    25th January 2016 / 12:04 pm

    The white Etienne Oak Dressing Table is stunning and really is a perfect dressing table. I would love to have it in my bedroom.

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