December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. 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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