Monday, September 14, 2009

(image above apartment of ubertalented Parisian milliner, Philippe Model. photo taken from Australian Vogue Living)

One of my all time favorite design tricks for interiors is the deft use of mirrors. Unfortunately, the proposal of mirror attached to wall quickly conjures up the poor treatment displayed proudly in the 1970's. Mirrored walls have a rich and powerful provenance -from overly elaborate mirrored halls of Versailles, to the gracefully chic faceted mirror staircase in the Chanel Atelier, to the sophisticated mirrored bathroom of Miles Redd. Give mirror a chance.

Versailles Hall of Mirrors:

Bunny Williams design c/o Stefan of Architect Design:

Quilted mirrored wall from (shutters as he types this) Southern Living:

And, the ever fashionable Miles Redd (my future husband):

Coco Chanel's mirrored stair hall:

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Dots Mirrored Room - on permanent display at The Mattress Factory:

For those of us who aren't fortunate enough to live in Versailles, Chanel's atelier, or Redd's bathroom there is a simpler option -mirrored screens:

The Mirror Lady:

James Hansen:

Random mirrored get the idea:


  1. Miles' mirrored bathroom is the best mirrored space of all time.

  2. shh -don't tell -but I think I'm in love with the mirror lady! we're on a first name basis -I call her just 'mirror'.

  3. Beth -I know! When he and I marry I'll invite you over.

    Stefan -Your secret's safe with me.

  4. I am all about the mirror and marble! It looks like heaven! It only requires some bubble bath and strawberries.

  5. You have a lot of future husbands. You better get busy if you're going to fit all of them in.

  6. You're absolutely right, Tai!

    That's very observant of you, Mark.

  7. Your "future husband" it. Btw, how was Friday evenings soirée? XXOO

  8. Really love the Bunny Williams - wonderful balance.

  9. Wow! I wish I could pick a favorite image but I can't! They are all so beautiful! Plus, you really know how to get my heart...mirrors are my absolute favorite thing for decorating! Great post :)

  10. A beautiful feature, excellent choice of mirror-themed visuals. Now how iconic is that Chanel staircase? And Miles Redd -- will you be charitable and lend him out after the wedding night...?

  11. Why am I so bad at following up with kind comments...? Well, better late than never?

    Allie -email me!

    Sanity Fair -Bunny Williams is kind of a god, isn't she?

    Custard by Design -You're absolutely right.

    Crystal @ Plush Palate -Thanks! I'm glad you liked the post. Mirrors certainly can act as a catalyst for stellar interiors.

    Jason -Don't we all?

    Mr. Michael Mattison -Thank you for stopping by my modest little blog, and for the kind compliments. I am, generally speaking, a charitable sort of guy. Lucky for you I tend to move on rather quickly from one feigned romance to another.