Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mirrors: My Weakness

It's true. I have a slight obsession with mirrors. Every chance I get, I use them in my decorating. Here's a few around my house.

Antique mirror made by Mitch's grandfather.

Those four alone are in my living room. 

This one is in the entry of Ryder's room. It's painted purplish-pink with a touch of gold. I painted this years ago, before Ry was even born, when his room was our office. (In my crazy color phase) I guess it's time to swap out the color for something more boy-ish, huh? I do love the size of it though. And that part of his wall is the perfect spot for a mirror.

Mirror-backed sconces in basement.

And I have two more mirror projects up my sleeve. Of course, turning this antique mantle into one.

And there's one more project that I want to dive into here soon that involves an old cheese box. I'm hoping it'll turn out something like this.

So anyway, you get the gist--I'm fan of mirrors. All that to tell ya, Bryce and I ran out to GW yesterday just to look around. And I spotted this Federal style mirror. 

I've been seeing them around in mags and whatnot lately and have been keeping my eye out for one. Well it was my lucky day. I got this reproduction Federal style mirror for $3. Sweet deal, right? A little while ago I read Lauren Leiss's blog post about these mirrors and loved them even more after being educated about them. This is what she had to say:

I've had my eye out for a Federal-style convex mirror for a while...  Alone, they can be very serious pieces, often thought of as formal & symbolic.  Above, the 13 balls surrounding the mirror represents the 13 original colonies, and of course, the Eagle, chosen by our Founding Fathers, symbolizes the United States of America.  Originals and even good reproductions like the mirror above cost in the thousands.   In the 1940s and 1950s, a bunch of reproductions were made out of plastic and other cheaper materials and then painted gold.  

I love when a piece has history behind it. I can't wait to explain to my boys someday how the eagle symbolizes our independence and have them count the balls around it and tell them the story of our nation's birth.

So here's the dilemma--what's a girl to do?


I think I have my answer. And let's just say GW (and I'm not talkin' Goodwill) would be proud. What do you think? Are you a fan or not so much?

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  1. I like the federal mirror by the door. Adds another dimension and it is just interesting. You have some cool mirrors, I only have 1 hanging in my house besides the bathrooms. That sounds crazy!

  2. wow you have a great collection I love the one in the 2nd image

  3. I have a thing for mirrors lately too. The federal style mirror is cool, I like the convex shape. I would love to see what you do with the fireplace mantel. Do you plan to mount it like a fireplace but with a mirror, or to hang it up on the wall?

  4. I had no idea that the mirror came with a story, that's so cool (well being a Canuck, you didn't expect me to know, did you? LOL)

    I'm with Tracy, I can't wait to see what you do with the mantel.

    Thanks for linking to Beautiful Junk Saturday.


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