Round up: Mirrors of All Sizes

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.
  • Horchow and Wisteria are having mirror sales today!

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Fashion Friday: The Resort Edit

I am loving having all these post recommendations you left in comments on my Instagram past last week!  I now have a file of things I know you want to see from me and am going to keep referencing them.  I noticed a bunch of you asked about resort wear and while I have no ability to do anything resort-y (waaaaaah! Zika! Work! Toddler!) I can dream about what I’d pack to go on a warm weather vacation.  This year I’m loving bold primary colors mixed with denim and white.  And lots of fun accessories!

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Pondering Henry’s Big Boy Room

When I designed Henry’s nursery I purposely took a serene, babyish angle because I knew that his future room (rooms– lets be honest, I’m a designer) would be more bold and boyish.  I also did/ don’t know if I’ll be able to have another baby so I wanted to go all out with the baby-ish look.

Well, now he’s a tiny person with a (vocal) penchant for animals, cars & trucks (tractors and lawnmowers, specifically) and a SERIOUS addiction to Curious George. Oh, and more recently dinosaurs.  So we’ve got a BOY on our hands now, and I feel like I’m going to need (want) to do a new room for him sooner rather than later. So I’ve been scheming. And have settled on a blue and red scheme (mostly because I saw this stripe Farrow & Ball paper go up on Amy Berry’s Instagram and instantly knew I needed to do it for Henry.)  So I’ve been scheming a bit and since one of you suggested I post about this thought I’d flush my ideas out a little further.

So here is where I am on the room. The striped walls and a navy upholstered daybed (made by LivenUp Design) with a trundle for future sleepovers. I’m loving this Peter Dunham star fabric for roman shades.  I love the look of a vintage Heriz rug for the floor in here. It’s tough and hides a lot and looks pretty cool, in my opinion.  I’d keep his changing table since it’s really a dresser and I love it. As well as his big Sharon Montrose lion photograph (because he is very into Lion King). I’d top the dresser with a shiny red Dunes & Duchess lamp.  It’s wood, so it won’t break if it gets pulled over.

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A Vermont Weekend

Andrew and I escaped to Vermont this past weekend for a little R&R at The Woodstock Inn & Spa. It was my Christmas gift from Andrew (including a few spa treatments- which was so lovely) and it was quite a relaxing and refreshing time away.

The Inn is beautiful and full of such wonderful staff.  We plan to come back with Henry soon as it’s super kid friendly.   The decor is the stuff of New England perfection.  Like the library with glossy blue millwork and an upholstered ceiling.

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Fashion Friday: Items I Reach For Daily

I was so excited to get your suggestions last night on Instagram for Fashion Friday posts.  I’m going to keep revisiting the list this year and try to hit on everything you guys requested.  I’m always looking for ideas for posts- so DM me or comment any suggestions for any kinds of posts you want to see this year!

Today I’m sharing the items that I reach for on a daily basis and buy again and again or in multiples because they are such staples in my closet.  Some items are investment pieces, some aren’t expensive at all.  What matters is that they work for me and I find them to be of great quality no matter the price point.

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