The is the first in a two part series featuring reprints from popular interior design blogs to showcase the trend of using dress forms for home decor.

While dress forms have always been popular in the bedroom, they are now being used in other rooms. (like bathrooms and craft rooms)

Sometimes they are for utilitarian purposes, other times purely for aesthetics. At Mannequin Madness, we sell a range of different style dress forms – wire, sewing, designer fabrics, jersey – for your decorating needs.

Here is the article from the interior design blog, Houzz.com

I am not sure when my love for old dress forms first began. Somewhere, somehow, they have subliminally wormed they way into my psyche. Whenever I come across one while out antiquing, I am suddenly transported to a beautiful, old Victorian home.

The home has a richly carved, mahogany staircase leading mysteriously upward from the second floor. It calls you and you climb the stairs, pausing briefly to catch your breath on the landing as the staircase turns taking you further and further upward.

At the top of the stairs, you spy a curious little door. Where does it lead? Upon reaching the top you open the door, and just for a second you are blinded by the bright sunlight streaming in through the old stained-glass windows. You step inside and the sweet smell of the old timbers combined with the musty smell of the attic takes you back to another place, another time.

Then you see it…illuminated in a single ray of sunlight near an ancient old trunk, tattered photo albums piled around its base. It’s beautiful…despite its shabby, yellowing form and occasional wayward stuffing. You’ve come to rescue it…it’s been a little lonely here in the attic these past 50 years with only the occasional mouse to keep it company. No longer will it stand alone, forgotten…you have a most special place in mind.
Then you see it…illuminated in a single ray of sunlight near an ancient old trunk, tattered photo albums piled around its base. It’s beautiful…despite its shabby, yellowing form and occasional wayward stuffing. You’ve come to rescue it…it’s been a little lonely here in the attic these past 50 years with only the occasional mouse to keep it company. No longer will it stand alone, forgotten…you have a most special place in mind.

A dress form will add style and whimsy to any room of your home.  It will gladly hold all your pretty baubles and bangles, keeping them elegantly displayed until they are ready to be worn.

Our dress form would feel very much at home in this beautiful room filled with wonderful antiques.

Dress forms add a touch of whimsy to any room .If you can’t find a full size form, old glove forms are fun for displaying jewelery, as well.

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Show off your vintage clothing collection with a lovely old dress form. It will bring a smile to your face each time you see it.

When you are done with your nice, hot evening soak, it will have your robe waiting…close at hand.

 If you can’t locate a vintage form or if vintage styling just isn’t your thing, there are lots of newer forms available these days. Tucked in a corner, they look stylish and fun in even the most hip rooms.
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Dress forms, or “dressmaker’s dummy” as they are sometimes called, are still used today by those who enjoy sewing and fashion.

I just love the look of this cozy attic style closet…and the dress form fits beautifully in this spot.
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The old dress form in my guest room wears an embroidered, vintage blouse. The rich blue of the blouse works well with the blue in the comforter, curtains and upholstered pieces in this room.

Do you have an old dress form that you’ve rescued? Or, do you have a newer version you are using in your decor? I’d love to see it…please share!

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