January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Look for Less: Ballard Design's Calais Bedroom 7

The race to the finish line, pant pant pant...  The final pieces are the mirror and the demilune table.  Here we go --

Shopping for a mirror.  The inspiration is a beauty - it's the Bellesol Mirror at a large 31.5" diameter and a small price of $169.00.  It's roundish with an antique gold colored rim and an interesting cut/beveled feature around the outer "layer."  Not sure how else to describe it.  The inspiration photo shows two of them, one on either side of the bed:

I was not able to find anything near the size or the price of the inspiration mirror despite hunting online off and on for several days.  Honestly, this is not a cop-out.  Ballard Design had the best price by-far and the best mirror, too, from what I saw.  Here are a few mirrors that I found that are wannabes, each with definite draw-backs.

I found the Brennan Framless Wall Mirror online at Kohls:

It's on sale right now at Kohls plus an extra 15% off today and tomorrow are the last days for that -- the current price (not including the additional 15%) is $168.99.  The size is disappointing, well, it wouldn't be if I wasn't comparing it to the Bellesol mirror!  It's 23.5" diameter and, as you can see, the outer "layer" isn't nearly as intricately cut and pieced as on the Bellesol mirror.  The Brennan is definitely an octagon, whereas the Bellesol's outer "layer", is 16-segments and its shape much closer to a circle.

I checked Home Decorators online, but the two beautiful segmented round mirrors it offers were $269 for the 32" diameter Amberly mirror ($100 more than the Bellesol mirror), and the even larger (34" diameter) Fortune mirror at $349.

The prices were much more to my liking at Target online.  Here is Threshold's Starburst Mirror:

Of all the mirrors I looked at online, this one was closest in the look of the Bellesol mirror.  It has 16 outer segments but it has an antique gold inner frame.  The size is 24" diameter, so it's 7.5" smaller in diameter than the Bellesol mirror.  But the price is an unbelievable $40.  Yes, $40.   This makes me wonder about the mirror quality.  Is it actually glass, or is it spray-painted plastic with a distorted reflection?  Well, it would be behind a lamp on a wall and not used for putting on make-up, so it would work, ignoring the size differential.  For the price, maybe one could...

I also found some possibilities at Wayfair.com, but the closer those mirrors were in design and size to the inspiration mirror, the farther and farther away from $169 they got!  So I'm not posting any of them here, but if you are curious you can do a search for "round mirror" at Wayfair.

Shopping for the demilune table.  Here's the inspiration table:

It's the Torino demilune side table for $399.  It comes in three finishes including the above (Tuscan brown), distressed black and distressed green.  It has two drawers, is 32 1/4" tall, 38" wide, and 14.5" deep. 

A plainer and somewhat less expensive option, in a beautiful mahogany finish, is also offered by Ballard Designs:

This is the Newport demilune for $329.  It comes in three other finishes: rubbed black, rubbed white, and distressed light ash.  It has two drawers, an ogee top, and measures 32" tall, 38" wide, and 11 3/8" deep. 

An honorable mention to this very similar table by Powell, found at Wayfair:

This is the Antique Black Demilune Console Table - 502-515, priced at $266.49 with free 2-day delivery.  It has a distressed finish with terra cotta color underneath.  Dimensions 32" tall x 38" W x 14.5" D.  It's lines are very similar to Ballard Design's Newport demilune, but it's measurements are nearly identical to the inspiration table.  Also, I noted that the two Ballard Design tables come in a distressed black finish, and given that the Calais bedding itself is black on creamy white, black tables would not look out of place.  This is a very good price for a lovely table.

Here is another alternative found at Wayfair:

This lovely demilune table is by the Bridgeport accent table in brown by Wildon Home.  It does not have two drawers; it has storage behind the doors.  I fell in love with the beautiful finish and the details -- the carving underneath the top above the doors; the balls on the legs and their sleek rounded tapered shape.  The overall dimensions are very similar to the inspiration table:  31.625" tall x 38" W x 14.5" D.  It is priced at $222.12 with free 2-day shipping.  Hmmmm, from $399 for the inspiration  to $222 with free shipping (sacrificing 2 drawers but still has storage; same size, prettier finish and detailing...) what's not to love?

I hope you enjoyed this challenge along with me.  It is always my goal to present various price points lower than the inspiration looks, while sticking as close to the looks and dimensions of the originals as possible.  Sometimes, hmmmm, it's not as possible.  LOL! 

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