Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Accent on Accessories – Day 2

Today, let's focus on mirrors. They bring such light and beauty to a room. Whether reflecting a fabulous view, or just bouncing light and color back into a space, they are one of the workhorses of design. No window in a room? A mirror can reflect artifical light to brighten a closed space.

This first photo shows a mirrored wall in a dining room. I’ll admit the room might be a little over the top for some, but the mirror certainly “expands” the room, reflects the light from the windows opposite, and is beautiful…IMHO! The perfect answer to the lament, “we’ve just moved into a new place with this wall of contemporary mirrors…”. Put some moulding around them, fill the room with your traditional furniture & accessories and you’ve got something spectacular!

Here's one I like even better. It also shows off another one of my favorite things, black lamp shades!

I took this photo in a local model home. Aside from the fact that the mirror appears not to be centered on the vanity and too close to the corner, I thought it was a great example of a non-traditional bathroom mirror. With all the hard, angular surfaces we find in bathrooms, the round shape & filigree-style frame are very appealing.

I love everything about this photo. The bench is so wonderful, the decorative painting lovely, the color scheme is just right. But, I also adore the mirror! The designer could have hung a painting, a wreath or swag of some kind, even an shelf for tchochkes. But instead, we find a simple, oval mirror. Any other adornment would have been too much. Besides, the birds with the ribbons that seem to be a part of the mirror are just too sweet.

Finally, this is a picture of my dining room mirror at Christmas. The mirror is beautiful in its own right, but you know I can’t resist the urge to embellish! Told you I was a “more is more” girl...

Enjoy! Chris


  1. Hi Chris,
    Nice to meet you.
    Glad you like my new bath!! I got that little bench at the Santa Monica Flea Market for $15. I love it.
    All of your mirror photos are great. I love mirrors, especially interesting ones.
    Thanks for visiting me.
    Happy 4th!

  2. I like the bathroom mirror... although I'm not sure if my obsessive-compulsive side likes it off-centered. heh. And the first room is gorgeous... but I'd be like an elephant in a china shop!

  3. Chris,

    Your holiday mirror is simply beautiful.

    We have an oval oak framed mirror that we received as a wedding gift almost 28 years ago. It is on the wall near my front door. I don't think I have any other mirrors downstairs but in the powder room.

    I posted some pictures of my Gathering Room today. I've decorated it a bit for the 4th of July.



  4. Love the look of a mirror on a mirror. Lovely post and music fitting!

  5. Every thing looks so beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Blessings, Kathleen


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