Monday, March 21, 2011

Mirror, mirror...

Do you love mirrors as art?

Sometimes it's easier to hang a mirror 
than a piece of art on your wall.
Art is subjective, and sometimes it's hard 
to find just the right piece.

That's why mirrors are a little easier. 
If you love the shape, and the frame, and the style....
you're good to go.

Mirrors can decorative and beautiful
in their style and design.

 Barclay Butera.

They can be very simple.

Or very ornate.

 Charles Faudree

 Carolyn Roehm

They can bring more 
light into a room.

They can fill a space
where a large piece of
artwork may not have been an option.


Have you ever considered an
old mirror's provenance?

Country Living
Do you ever wonder how
many people have checked their
reflection in the old mirror that you now possess?

Or considered what 
momentous occasions
might have been
captured within that frame?

(i.e. a wedding day, a new mother with child,
a young man off to war?)

 Monte  Luke Studio

In your home....
do you prefer plain or fancy mirrors?


Sue said...

Hi Alison,
I love to use mirrors in my home. I think my favorite thing is the way they enlarge the space and the extra light is a bonus too. I am currently trying to hang a new one in my breakfast room ~ kind of funny watching yourself eat!!
Happy first day of spring.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Hi Alison,
I'm your newest follower and loving your blog. I use mirrors in my decorating quite often...they really brighten up a tight space, such as my foyer. Now you have me wondering whose reflection has been captured in some of the vintage pieces I have. Come by and visit with me when you have a chance. Looking forward to getting to know you.

lvroftiques said...

Well I'm a mirror-0-holic *winks* you already know pretty much an anything o-holic!Lol! I can't get enough of em. And please make them as ornate as can be. But they need to be old. I don't care as much for new ones. There's something so wonderful about that hazing from silver loss that makes me weak in the knees. I only wish I had more wall space for more of them. And yes I do wonder how many others gazed at themselves? Great post Alison! Vanna

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

I don't use mirrors enough! Love your blog! I found you through Beatrice Banks Blog. Yeah!

Divine Theatre said...

I probably have 50 mirrors in my home. Ironic, because I absolutely hate to look at my reflection!
You're right, a mirror is the perfect piece to hang when a painting might be too much!

Karen said...

We've got very funky mirrors in our master bath that I found at Restoration Hardware - they make quite a statement. I love those depicted in your post - I like many different looks, often wish I could re-do my, once a year :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love using mirror to enlarge a room and reflect the light. I put a vintage mirror over my fireplace and I don't think I will ever move it!!


Custom Comforts said...

What a lovely collection of mirror pictures. I agree, mirror work great in just about any spot.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love me some fancy mirrors. I think they are very French Country...

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love mirrors of all kinds. I have one exactly like the CL one. In fact, I had to look at the initials twice, but they were different. Found mine at an estate auction.
Great inspirational photos!

Suzanne said...

I love mirrors and have a mixture of plain and fancy. Some have very heavy and ornate carvings on the frames and some are quite simple. Some are not hung on the wall, such as my mirrored vanity tray. They are such lovely accessories.

laxsupermom said...

I like ornate frames on mirrors. Because with a mirror, the frame is the art. Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing.

My House, My Garden said...


I am in search as I write this for a mirror to hang in my bedroom. I am leaving for Round Top, Texas (huge antique fair) at the end of the month and I am crossing my fingers I find the perfect one!

Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment. Being a new blogger, I appreciate it more than you know.

xo Vikki

Buttonchief7 said...

My son helped me build a twig frame around an old piece of mirror. Wouldn't you know that when it was done the mirror broke, too tight. Have an arched window from a friend's home that's about 105 yrs old. Had the pros put four mirrors in for the panes. So special now. Also treasure my barn wood framed mirrors made by family. Sounds country all the way around.

janette@ The2Seasons said...

I love mirrors because they create movement and light, and sometimes they are less expensive than art.

Olive Cooper said...

I buy mirrors at estate sales a lot. I love the image of the bride.

My Life of Domestic Bliss said...

Alison, I have a blog award for you on my latest blog. Lisa

Becca said...

I really like to mix all kinds ... antique, modern, traditional, etc. I, too, love decorating with them! Have a great day, Becca

Kristine: Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

I like a mirror just about any way it comes!

Your home is so beautiful. I really enjoy looking at all the pictures you have posted. I am loving all the plaid that you use.

Thank you for all the inspirational mirror pics!


Sarah said...

More wonderful inspiration photos! Thanks, Alison.
~ Sarah