Top Designer Tips to Style Your Nightstand

Top Designer Tips to Style Your Nightstand
QUESTION:This vanity set shows its age, but its graphics are still lovely. The setindudesa mirrored tray, a covered glass jar and hand mirror—are any pieces missing?

If so, how much more would a 1 complete set be worth than an incomplete one?

ANSWER: At the turn of the 20th century, these personal items were described as ladies’toilet sets and packaged in a fancy box that sat atop a woman’s dressing table. Less elaborate vanity sets of this design date from the 1930s through the 1950s. A complete set would certainly have included a matching hairbrush and possibly a comb and one or two scent bottles. This ensemble has a powder jar of pressed glass and what appears to be an enameled cover. It was probably an affordable purchase made at a variety store or department store. Expensive sets have cut-glass jars and sterling-silver covers, brushes and mirrors. Similar partial sets sell at auctions for $20 to $40. Additional matching pieces could increase the value to around $ 100.

RESOURCE: Montgomery Ward & Co. 1895 catalog reprint (2008: Skyhorse Publishing,

QUESTION: These 3-inch chalkware sheep are a little worse for wear, but they are adorable additions to my spring displays. Based on their condition and style, can you tell me how old they are and if they have much value? How, when and why were they made?

ANSWER: Chalkware is actually gypsum or plaster of paris, cast in molds and painted. Chalkware figures, especially animals and birds, were popular in the United States from about 1860 to 1890. They often mimicked more costly earthenware figures produced from 1820 to 1870 in Staffordshire, England. American chalkware figures are attributed to Italian immigrants working in New England and Pennsylvania. Large examples stood more than a foot high.These much smaller sheep, although made in the same ways as their 19th-century cousins, are likely from a 1930s or 1940s Nativity set. Chalkware animals of this size sell for $10 to $15 each.

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This simple and stunning piece from West Elm is the perfect match for a neutral bedroom. 

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