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.


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

There it is again! The wonderful idea for a faux fireplace! 'Uncle A.' came home and I showed him and he said; "Print it out." For ideas. :-)

We have a fireplace in the Hearth Room. But this would be lovely, in the Front Room, which we've been over-doing.

And oh sigh, the mirror in your foyer! I love the look of mirrors. And truly, don't have enough of them.

Aunt Amelia
"Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, "Winter Time"

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Anita!

Looks like you're doing great setting up your layout! And your music is spectacular! I got the snow from , on the left you'll see a list of options, chose "document effects" , then I believe the snow I'm using I called "snow effect without images" click on that and it will give the info to "copy" then you can go on your "layout" page and paste it on your sidebar using the "add a gadget" button then choosing "html/javascript" and "paste"ing the snow info. You can also add pictures on your sidebar using the same "add a gadget" on your layout page and choosing the "picture" button and downloading a photo of one of your crowns for example. If you want to write a message or poem or thought and have it show on your sidebar you you go on "add a gadget" and choose "text" perhaps for not copying any of your photos!
If you need to email me any ?s you can reach me @ , I'll be so glad to instruct you in ANY way I can on this blogger thing! I don't know everything yet but I can muddle through it. Maybe we can trade off in French lessons, ie, how do I say a salutation like Hugs, in French to my blogger friends. I don't want to do it incorrectly because of verbiage and offend someone that KNOWS the language!! LOL

Hugs, Sherry

Belinda said...

You have a beautiful nice to meet you and discover your blog this afternoon. :-) I love the way you use mirrors, and what a great eye your husband had when he spotted that magnificent mirror that now graces your foyer...its a beauty. I also really like the one you rescued, and adore your cute plateau mirror! :-)

Wanda said...

Love the crowns. TTFN

The Victorian Parlor said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love to decorate with mirrors as they give the room beauty. Your blogspot is lovely-I look forward to visiting again!

Rosemary said...

Love vignettes!! Of course the crown is my favorite. All of your mirrors are beautiful. Great photos!

Rosemary said...

Hi again Anita,
I wish you did live closer. I love your french lessons on the sidebar of your blog. I started to take french, but the teacher wasn't too good. We are adults and she treated us like 5 year olds. Did not like that. I try to read as much as I can to learn on my own.
Glad you visited my blog today.

Fete et Fleur said...

Anita, you darling! Your drawing below reminds me of Eloise at the Plaza. It's wonderful! Your photos are more and more stunning as well. You have the magic touch!!


faerie enchantment said...

I just love those crowns,and your decorating, beautiful!

Magic and Joy!

Simply Me Art said...

Hi there, I found your Beautiful Blog thru my dear friend Rosemary. It is as Beautiful as she told me it was. I am a Lover of Crowns myself. The Fireplace is Gorgeous too. I can't wait to stop in again, Jamie

GrandmaK said...

I visit today via The Dutchess. You have a lovely, most beautiful home in which you entertain. I'd like very much to visit again. Thank you! Cathy