Mirrors are one of my favorite accessories. They brighten up a space, add interest and texture in unexpected places and dimension to walls when you don’t want to use artwork. A good mirror isn’t hard to find, but I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you in case you needed a little nudge in the right direction.
A few tips:
Always check and make sure the mirror can hang in the direction you want it to– not all mirrors can be hung vertically or horizontally. Some are made to only hang one way.
Round mirrors add a lot of nice soft movement to rooms with lots of angles.
If you need a very narrow mirror for a powder room or other small space look for vintage ones on Etsy,Chairish, 1stDibs or similar. There aren’t a lot of small mirrors made these days!
For really tricky sizes and dimensions, go custom. Any frame shop can make you a mirror with a framing moulding of your choice! Or we like to make grasscloth wrapped mirrors from here which add texture.
Consider mirrors when light is an issue- when we had to close up one of the two mirrors in our dining area for our addition I placed three rectangular bistro frame style mirrors in it’s place to trick they eye and bounce light. It worked wonders.
When you notice that every catalog and magazine and every other Pinterest pin has a specific trend shown over and over it’s probably time that trend rode off into the sunset. Here are some of the looks I think need to be retired, and what you may try replacing them with.
OVER IT: BANANA/ PALM PRINTS
Done SOOOOO much and often badly, it’s time to find a new organic, botanical print to work with. ALL ABOUT IT: VINTAGE FLORALS
Vintage inspired florals are BACK. Try mixing them with modern accents and graphic patterns for an “of the moment” look.
I have been really excited by all the more accessible alternatives to 1st Dibs that have popped up online these days. Especially those that not only offer vintage and antique goods but also showroom floor samples as well. It’s a BRILLIANT was to score designer goods in awesome condition for a fraction of the price. All three of these sources have been go-to’s for us in my office and I wanted to share them in case you guys weren’t aware of the killer wares you can score with a little digging!
Viyet is the most high end, specializing in showroom samples but also selling some vintage goods as well. The selection is amazing, and if you are lusting after a specific designer item I would check here before splurging to see if they have a sample that is for sale for much less than brand new.
I got a little rage-y this weekend with it being late September and yet 87 degrees and humid out. But I know one of these days fall will come, and when it does I will be ready. The change of seasons always inspired me to freshen things up a bit and swap some things out that feel more seasonally appropriate (although you will never find any season-themed pillows on my sofa!) You can update your spaces for fall without going all “pumpkin spice latte explosion”. Here are some items that add texture and richness without color (and really- most work any time of year!) I also like to go around and freshen up any dingy paint and get my rugs and upholstery cleaned. It makes the house feel SO much nicer!
I think we can all agree that the reign of the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is coming to an end. Which I am thrilled about because I cannot keep one alive and the fake ones all look pretty fake. This tree is faux, but looks very natural (and is very tall) and I love the lighter feel of it. Buy a very high quality faux tree once and save yourself the headache of the buy/kill/buy/kill cycle of real trees. Just be sure to dust them. :)
I’m SO excited to finally be able to announce this amazing new collaboration I’ve been working on for the better part of a year– my own rug collection with the fabulous Momeni rugs!!! I was so excited when they approached me to work on this collection because other than home accessories, rugs was one of the next category of items I wanted to design (fabric and wallpaper being the last piece of the trifecta). We worked hard to create beautiful, high quality rugs at an accessible price point. Not “cheap”, but the best quality for the money, which is important when you want your home to be durable but not break the bank! A variety of styles can be found from colorful wool flatweaves to classic jutes perfect for layering, to amazing faux hides (affordable AND nicer to animals!)
I’ll be launching the whole collection at High Point in October in my very own showroom (IHFC G-382) and we’ll be having an event on October 14th at 1 p.m., which will be a Q&A between myself and Amy Panos, the Homes editor for Better Homes & Gardens. We’ll be discussing how to create a beautiful, but also livable home for families followed by a cocktail reception in the showroom. If you are going to High Point please stop by and say hello and join us for this event!
Here’s a sneak peek of a couple of the styles we’ve developed ( I think we have close to 40 different styles!) Included is an amazing kids capsule collection in there that I am BANANAS about. :)