Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

I cannot have enough mirrors when decorating an interior. They work beautifully in so many places – an entry hall, powder bath, dining room – honestly, where do they not work? To me they are functional works of art.

Mirrors Made during the reign of Louis Philippe I

Immensely popular at the moment are mirrors that were made during the reign of Louis Philippe I, who was king of France from 1830-1848. These mirrors are easily recognized by their beautiful French gilding, lightly banded trim, and carved beaded accents along the glass. Typically, they have soft rounded frames and I find their simple lines to work well in traditional or contemporary spaces.

On a recent trip to Houston, I found this Louis Philippe mirror and fell in love with the beautiful ornamentation at the top. What can I say, I like my bling!

Other finds in Houston include the mirrors shown below from one of my favorite antique importers. Scavenging her warehouse is like a trip to France without the jet lag! I want the green one for my house.

French inspired mirrors

As I was leaving, I saw this simple, Empire style mirror sitting alone at the door. The owner said that it was from a past shipment and the price was reduced. I sure was tempted to find it a home. Wouldn’t it look great sitting above a fireplace mantel?

Empire style mirrors


In the end, I left it behind and drove away longing for more walls and a warehouse for mirrors.

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