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Saturday, January 31, 2009


Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the most elegant of them all? It is hard to decide when there are so many beautiful styles of looking glasses to chose from! Thankfully, their uses don't just stop as reminders of the inevitable aging continuum; a vintage table mirror catches the morning light and hosts an old white marble urn topped by a French theatre crown. I enjoy using this mirror to watch the sparkle of rhinestones on an old brooch I attached to a couronne captured under a cloche on my dresser. One of our best finds however, came not from an antique store, but a second hand shop in Boston. One day during one of my husband's breaks from classes at Boston University, he walked into a hole-in-the-wall storefront and spotted the mirror that now welcomes our guests in the small but elegant foyer. He bought it for a very good price, not realizing that the genuine marble shelf and iron brackets were included. The length and grandeur of this piece doesn't take away from the small foyer, but rather adds significance to the little room. I try to keep the colors light and just embellish with muted colored hydrangeas. Our half bath is small as well, but the walls are light with only a touch of lavender color in the soaps and bath salts to set off the gold in the reproduction mirror I found in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachussetts. I particularly like the detail on the top piece of this mirror. A gilded mirror that I rescued from being thrown in the trash sits inside of my faux fireplace as it reflects the large tapestry on the opposite wall; it is one of my favorite castles in France, Azay Le Rideau.

Mirrors are a great canvas to reflect, and embellish your treasures. When you look into your mirrors, what possibilities do you see? Creators of beauty I hope! Have a splendid day.