November 12, 2017:

Hola!

It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

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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