May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


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, 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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