I have to tell you I think there are very few rooms aren’t improved by the addition of a mirror. The magical way they open up a space and bounce the light around, nothing else can give you. Below is the mirror in my living room….I bought it from Restoration Hardware years ago (on the most wonderful sale). While it looks as though the frame is wood, it’s actually metal wrapped which I love, and it is BIG. That thing is hugely heavy and a bear to hang (I’m not sure my husband ever recovered)….and it will most likely never move again, until we do. But there’s one thing that would make it even better. Foxing, or as it’s better known, antiquing.
There are wildly varying degrees of foxed or antiqued mirrors, from the very subtle, to the dramatic…you have to look pretty closely at this one from Ethan Allen to even see the pattern…it’s very soft. And I love the sweet little rosettes at the intersections of the mirror tiles.
Compare if you will, to the next one from the Mirror Cooperative on Etsy, which has a real sense of drama…much more black, much less mirror. While you certainly wouldn’t want to put on lipstick in front of this one, wouldn’t it be incredible in a certain space? I love it….
And you can find different tones ….this one, also from the Mirror Cooperative, uses golden flake…I love the color, and I can imagine this one as a backsplash in a kitchen with dark cabinets….and all the little water spots and such that you get in a kitchen (it’s called a backsplash for a reason), wouldn’t even show.
And here’s one that I had done for my daughter Cada who just moved to Greenville SC (they say it’s the new Charleston!)…the original mirror had broken in the distressed wooden frame, and I thought…this is my chance to have a foxed mirror! So I lugged it over to MirrorCrafters in Baltimore where I took a turn through the dizzying world of antiqued mirrors. No matter where you live, there will be someone who does this, but sometimes you have a look a bit.
Gary Durette at Mirror Crafters (who unbeknownst to me I had met on a shoot years ago while doing Evening Magazine) showed me around and we looked at umpteen samples of antiqued mirrors. I mean, there really are so many that you could spend hours if you weren’t careful…
One called Hydrangea, had the lovliest shades of rose and deep blue. Some had jagged streaks of black through them….but given the fact the my mirror is already an eye-catching yellow, and distressed itself….it had enough going on that we both felt something subtle was better…kind of like the rule when getting dressed…take off one thing before you leave the house. You know what I mean…don’t overdo it.
So he installed one called French….it’s just lovely. Here’s a closeup the finished product with the mirror we chose. Keep in mind, antiquing is a hand done process…so it’s a bit dear…around $35 a square foot. But you have special piece of art really, that is unique, and yours alone! Is the “old is new” look for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!