Loving Out Loud: Round Mirrors….

I have been mildly obsessed with circles and curves as of late.  I find myself doodling squiggly lines and endless loops for some reason, so it doesn’t come as a shock to me that I am currently loving round mirrors.  In a sea of corners and hard lines, the introduction of a circle is a welcome relief to the eye.  Graceful and soft, a circle is the perfect decorative respite from a linear world.  I am currently pitching a round mirror to a client and used these images to swag  him……


Right now, I love these three round gorgeous beauties currently in the market….

Cisco Home Ara Ring Mirror with Chain

Cisco Home Ara Mirror

Jaime Young Round Leather Mirror

Jaime Young Round Leather Mirror

And the most surprising entry of all is this little nugget I found from CB2…..

tork-brass-dripping-mirror cb2

CB2 Tork Brass Dripping Round Mirror

I am thinking that the CB2 mirror may be making an appearance in my home in the near future!

Alrighty, I am off to grab some paint and continue my never-ending quest of finding the perfect shade of greyed out teal for a client’s bedroom!

Images In Order: Jacques Adnet//Dimore Studio//Kay Douglass//                     Larry Laslo//Tilton Fenwick

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Gold Mirror Vignette

Have you ever acquired something thinking that it would be perfect for a specific purpose only to find that you were off base?  Well that sorta happened to me, but this story has a happy ending.

I found a fantastic gilded gold mirror on the street while walking my dog Scruffy.  Actually Scruffy found it and for that he earned an extra Milk Bone.  Truth be told, I have a thing for mirrors – partially because I am vain but more so for their light creating qualities.  A room with a mirror instantly feels lighter, brighter and bigger in my opinion.  So when Scruffy found the mirror sitting on the curb with a “free” sign taped to its front, I all to happily picked it up to carry home thinking it would be a perfect addition to the master bedroom.


It just didn’t work with my room.  I was bummed and the mirror was relegated to the garage aka “purgatory”.  Fortunately, I met with my dear friend Gina this weekend to do our monthly bonding over thrift stores and baked goods.  Luck would have it that she needed lamps and I was showing her my collection in the garage when I saw the mirror.  I asked if she needed a mirror and then barraged her with several follow-up questions when she said yes.  Reason being that I hate giving stuff away to friends to only have them take it and never use it.  I would rather give an item to charity than have it sit in a friend’s version of purgatory.  After she promised with her first-born, did I let her take the mirror.

Well I am glad I did, because she sent me a picture yesterday of how she used it in her home.  And let me tell you, it looks WAY better in her house than it did in mine…..

I love everything about the vignette Gina created in her entrance way from the console table to the mirror to the adorable set of tiny antlers.  The pale blue walls are the perfect backdrop for the vignette and really highlights the pieces.  The  gold mirror is the perfect “pop” of unexpected and pulls the whole vignette together in my opinion.

Aside from the mirror, I am loving the Asian-inspired console table.  While console tables like this are not anything new, I think the milky-white color and distressed nature of the table make it fresh and interesting.  More so, its combination with the mirror is a nice mixing of styles.

I also love how Gina has propped and styled her vignette using a variety of keepsakes as well as every day items like her rain boots and husband’s briefcase.  It’s these personal touches that keep it from looking like a store showcase….

For those of you wondering, Gina was also kind enough to give me a complete breakdown of all items she used in the vignette:

Asian console: Nantucket Home in Chico, CA
Hurricane: Crate and Barrel –  unity candle from our wedding
Foo Dogs: Past Perfect
Mother of Pearl Box: The Breakers at West Palm Beach
Mirror: Courtesy of Scruffy Lake
Frames and mats: Cheap Pete’s
Antlers: BellJar San Francisco, CA
Eiffel Tower pic: taken when we were in Paris in 2008
Rembrandt shell etching:  print from Legion of Honor – original currently on view in Dutch & Flemish Masterworks exhibition
Flowers: From my friend Courtney (that’s me!!)
Brass bucket used as umbrella stand: From my parents – no idea where they got it
Hunter boots: Zappos
It’s really satisfying to see something that was once considered trash be used in such a great way!  And it also means I don’t need to take Gina’s first-born — so it’s a win-win for everyone because let’s be honest, what the hell was I gonna do with a baby?  I can barely keep Scruffy alive……
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Weekend DIY: Wall Mirrors Galore…

I got a two-fer for you this weekend all about mirrors.  Being a vain person, I enjoy walking by mirrors and seeing my reflection.  Wait a second, I just caught my reflection in my TV screen……..

Okay, I’m back now.  Mirrors are coming in a variety of shapes but none as hot as the sunburst/starburst.  The classy lass, AprilDense over at Unique Illusions has a cute tutorial on a starburst mirror she made for her Mother as a Christmas present……

Stop by her blog and see how she transformed this Ikea mirror into the perfect holiday present for the design conscious Mom:

For those of you who are savvy at counting, you are probably thinking to yourself….”He said two-fer and I am only seeing a one-fer.”  Well congrats on being able to count and creating a whole new word never seen before (i.e. one-fer).  Because you are so attentive, I will post the other awesome mirror project that AprilDenise did.  She created another gift-worthy mirror but using mosaics….

The tutorial is QUICK and SIMPLE – if I can contemplate this, then you can too!

Now go forth and build my fellow bloggers!  I will be right behind you…there is this really hot guy staring at me.  I need to find out more about him….OH WAIT, it’s me in the mirror.  Okay, never mind……

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