Vintage mirrors

January 15, 2010

Arranging vintage mirrors together on a wall always looks great. Sniff them out in charity shops or at car boot sales and collect a range of different shapes and interesting styles for a really striking display.

Yes, it’s a stylist cliche, (HOW can I get an accent? HOW?) but it’s so effective, particularly on a big boring landing/stairs wall. I always think this is a tricky spot in any home…it looks odd with a small piece of artwork in the middle of it, it’s tricky to wallpaper because of the height and the stairs, and it gets a lot of abuse as people brush against it all the time. Covering this pesky wall with quirky vintage mirrors is a great solution, and will make a poky, dark landing feel lighter and larger, too.

I have been collecting old mirrors for ages and this weekend I plan to finally screw them in place on my landing wall. It’s a good idea to cut out paper templates of your mirrors (or photo frames etc) and masking tape the paper shapes in place to get the right arrangement before you start drilling holes and making a mess, so I’ll be doing that first! Here’s a great pic from DIY Ideas:

I think the mirror display in this dark blue bathroom looks fabulous…

And in this soft shabby-chic living room…

And in this hallway, too:

If you’re after a smaller display, or happen to have a lot of old hand-held mirrors knocking around, this is a cute idea:

Have a lovely weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with a HUGE trend story for you! – Ellie

Crafters – check out our new ‘book of the week’: Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora, just out in the UK. It’s a beautiful collection of vintage-inspired floral textile designs, hand-picked by Djerba Goldfinger of fabric purveyor Reprodepot, with a foreword by Grace Bonney of American blog Design*Sponge.

flora2As if the pages of floral gorgeousness are not enough, there’s the added bonus of a CD with 225 high-resolution patterns on it, ready to print out and use for your own projects. HOW. EXCITING.

flora3From party decorations to stunning stationery and gift wrap, the book includes instructions for 12 creative projects, but once you’ve got hold of those magic files and a decent colour printer, the only limit is your own imagination!

floral patterns3I love these simple paper flowers – they look fab, and they’ll never wilt!

flora1The Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora is out now, £16.99, Chronicle Books. There’s also a Folk book, for double the fun. – Ellie