May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

Jan

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Look for Less: Traditional Home Visits Designer Joseph Abboud Part 2

The Mirror!  I fell in love with the mirror on the left wall (between the windows):


But when I checked the materials list at the online article, the mirror wasn't on it!  Oh.

Not noted in the article at the Traditional Home website, in the magazine text it was noted that the mirror was an RH item.  But when I went looking for it at RH, I couldn't find it.  So, I went looking for something similar. 

I did not find a mirror exactly like it -- I wasn't even sure what to search for!  I tried medallion mirror, round mirror, round mirror with medallion, and my results were - meh.

This is similar (but not an exact match) to the mirror in the inspiration photo and I found it at RH online:

The Salvaged Mansard Mirror:


Dimensions

  • Small: 29½"W x 4¾"D x 28"H; 8.5 lbs.
  • Large: 41½"W x 5"D x 38"H; 15 lbs.
Price:  $295 - $395

Details:  Designed by David Thompson:

  • Hand-carved from salvaged wood
  • Treated with customized stains and then hand-painted
  • Multi-step finishing process achieves a uniquely weathered, washed patina that makes each mirror truly one of a kind
  • In white

  • As you can see, it is not a round mirror, it is oval.  But it has the same presence and heft as the mirror in the inspiration photo.  And, as a salvaged wood product, it's just beautiful. Love that finish.  I do not know where it was made, though.  USA?  It doesn't say.

    Here's what else I found:

    This Garden Mirror at Ballard Designs is probably closest in overall shape/look but it, too, is an oval (I am thinking the mirror in the inspiration photo looks round, but maybe I'm wrong):


    It's a beauty, all right.  And the price is good too.  Right now, on sale for $109 (originally $169):

    Dimensions:Oval: 31 1/4"H X 24 1/4"W X 3 3/4"D
    Oval Mirrored Area: 20"H X 14 3/4"W
    Oval Mirror Bevel: 1/2"

    Overall dimensions are somewhat close to the small size of RH's Salvaged Mansard Mirror. Ballard's mirror isn't cement, though, which would be okay with me, although probably heavy. It's not wood, either.  It's made in China from polyurethane.  Not happy about the place of origin or the price, even on sale.  Maybe that's why it is on sale -- because other folks feel the same way???

    Here is a mirror from Home Decorators.  It is not round, it's octagonal, and it does not have what I am calling the "shield" embellishment at the top, but it is made from wood, and the price for the size is really good:

    Mettalise Wall Mirror

    Dimensions:  31" x 31"
    Wood with distressed finish
    Price:  $159


    An enterprising D-I-Yer might be able to find a nice trim piece to place center top of the mirror to give it a "medallion" and a dry brushed coat of white chalk paint...

    Again, I don't know where this mirror was made.  I'm thinking that these days, unless it says otherwise in the advertisement, everything is from China.  I think if more of us insisted on buying American made products or not buying at all, we might get some family-sustaining jobs and wages back in this country.  Not everyone is going to be a computer scientist or a CEO raping taking his shareholders for millions, after all. 

    4 comments:

    1. Jan! Had to find your blog....your comment on my post made me laugh out loud! I love your whimsy and style! New follower! :o) Aimee

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    2. Hi Aimee, well, thanks very much! Always nice to pick up a new follower, and I will certainly return the favor tonight when I get home from work. Oops, I shouldn't be doing this right now, should I, at the office, out in plain sight...

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    3. I've nominated you for a Leibster award for bloggers!
      Check out my post to read about it!
      Congrats on your blog! Keep up the great work!-aimee
      http://refresh-renew.blogspot.com/2013/09/wow-leibster-award.html

      PS--you need to adjust your reply settings as I did not get your reply to my email. Here is what another blogger told me--and it worked: <>

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    4. Hello! I really like mirror too. Too bad they didn't list the source!! Good luck on your search. I have a couple of mirrors made by a local potter. They are gorgeous and original - my favorite thing is originality in my decor. Congrats on your liebster award!! It is nice too meet you!

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