Sunday, May 22, 2016

Decorate With Large, Ornate Leaning Mirrors

I have been leaning large, ornate mirrors in my home since 1987, long before it became a popular decorating idea. So to me it is a classical, "just makes sense" thing to do if you have a beautiful oversized antique mirror to display. 

Large, framed mirrors sitting on the floor and leaning against the wall are very popular in today's homes and have been for the past few years so this blog post won't impress you with the latest cutting edge trend. I am just publishing it because I think there are many advantages to purchasing a big, gorgeous mirror for your space and I happen to think they are pretty leaned against walls. I am partial to leaning antique mirrors and believe with their extra large size and elegant design they can infuse refinement into any room and give any space a classic aesthetic.

I believe this look will settle in for the long haul and not just be a passing fad. Hopefully this post will convince you lean a mirror in your home.

Doesn't this make your mouth water? Any of these fabulous mirrors would be beautiful to use as a leaner.

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Leaning artwork and mirrors instead of hanging them brings down the  feel of a room to a more casual elegance.

Large ornate floor mirrors certainly will add drama to your interiors. However, leaning mirrors also give an effortless, less formal look to a room.

A beautiful oversized mirror is the perfect solution for opening up a small, closed room and making it appear larger.

When deciding where to lean your mirror make sure that what is reflected is something that is visually appealing. For instance in this picture the bed is emphasized. It could even be a piece of artwork. Just make sure it is something lovely!

If you have the space, try this lovely effect. Lean two mirrors facing each other and create a seemingly endless line of images fading into the distance.

One advantage to leaning a large mirror is that it can be easily moved around until you find the perfect spot without making unnecessary holes in the walls. And a mirror this size would require toggle bolts which make large holes and can really mar a wall. This is especially helpful for those who are renting an apartment or house.

To keep your leaning mirror secure, put something underneath the frames edge that would prevent it sliding on you. Also you might want to use a nail and wire to tie it to the wall, much like hanging any picture.

Another nice thing about leaning a mirror is that THERE IS NO MEASURING INVOLVED. I hate having to hang something oversized  that usually requires securing on to two screws or toggle bolts.

Leaning a large ornate mirror in your foyer makes quite a statement and first impression on your visitors.

Large, ornate mirrors look great leaning in dressing rooms.

And a corner or nook is also the perfect place to lean a gorgeous mirror.

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Lean a mirror to create a pretty background for a desk or other lovely chest or console.

What better way to hide unsightly things such as electrical sockets or cords than leaning a pretty mirror over them.

The bathroom is another place where a oversized leaning mirror makes a stunning statement, especially if you have a beautiful tub.

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Lean a gorgeous mirror at the head of the table. It will make your dinner party look grand!


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Leaning mirrors make an impact no matter where you choose to display them.

The bedroom seems to be a favorite place to lean a large, ornate mirror. Here is a large painted Trumeau mirror that is a perfect addition to a French style bedroom.

A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth, so don’t be scared to go big. What a pretty Venetian mirror!

You can even attach a pretty support to lean your mirror against, much like a picture frame. This would enhance any bedroom.

You might choose to tag team a space with two large leaning mirrors. These happen to match but you could choose to use two that were similar in size but with slightly different frames.

I love the way these twin paned mirrors give this room the feel of having two arched windows.

Mirrors don't have to be grand. Painted vintage ones look great leaning in farmhouse style spaces.

Also all leaning mirrors don't have to be oversized. Lean them on top of consoles and chests.

If you have a collection of small mirrors, you can lean them on top of a piece of fabulous furniture in your foyer or any other space you wish to create a vignette. Start by putting the largest one at the back and work your way to the front with the smaller ones, slightly overlapping but making sure that each item can be seen and enjoyed.

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Don't be afraid to go against scale, it adds a great deal of character to the room.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Decorate With Grey Painted Chests.........French And Swedish Style.

While French and Swedish palaces were resplendent with gilded and ornate furniture, white-washed or painted furniture was the mainstay of the country home. The petit chateau and Swedish farmhouse would have been decorated with furniture painted in shades of grey and soft cream. It is these painted country pieces that are presently in high demand on the antiques show circuit. This blog post focuses on those beautiful grey painted Swedish and French style chest of drawers that we all covet.

Guaranteed to beautify any home, the addition of painted antiques to your interiors will give depth and texture to a home's decor by bringing balance to the use of natural wood finishes. A grey painted chest will provide an artisanal, rural, understated elegance that doesn't overwhelm a space.

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Grey painted furniture automatically creates visions of the interior of an elegant French chateau or a wonderful old Swedish mansion.

This warm and comfortable furniture style is so well loved throughout France and Sweden that it never goes out of style.

A gorgeous distressed pale grey chest with soft cool grey details. These muted palettes of color, the chalk whites and wonderful warm greys are what makes Swedish and French painted furniture so warm and homey.

Swedish Gustavian grey painted chest of drawers.

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This chest features weathered wood and an elegant greyed green paint.

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Another example of a chest painted grey with a hint of green.

These grey painted chests are wonderful for creating vignettes of crystal girondles. Grey and crystal........perfection!

A chest like this, painted in a delicate grey and coupled with aged patina, will help bring sophisticated country elegance into you home.

Wonderful period Swedish Baroque chest of drawers painted in a pale grey. Grey pieces get along very well with any other color, this orange for instance.

Today, one of the strongest decorating trends is the use of "tone-on-tone" color. This means if you are painting yourself, you want to use different shades of a given color to get a textural aged appearance.

French and Swedish grey painted chest looks equally at home in the salon of a chateau or a small cottage style bedroom.

When an old chest needs a breath of new life, you might consider painting it grey. Just make sure you do your homework so you can make it look aged. Painting without giving it patina just doesn't work.

I especially like a touch of gold on aged grey pieces. This, and the following two images, are of beautiful grey chests from

You want an accumulation of polish or grime in the carving whether the furniture is painted or stained. This is what gives the piece an aged patina.

This chest is painted in a cooler bluish grey.

A painted grey chest like this would be a treasure for any home. I love the Greek key frieze.

If you like Chateau Style, you must pick up a painted grey piece. A chest is a good place to start.

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Grey is the color of stone. Because it is an elegant organic neutral it is very pleasing to the eyes. Grey painted chests work well in any room and get along very well with shades of pink and red. So gorgeous against a creamy vanilla background. Notice I said cream and not stark white.

This is a lovely grey painted chest. Remember you want to create an aged patina if you are embarking on a DIY project.

Swedish and French grey chests look so pretty against a soft greyish taupe wall. This is a wonderful combination and I love the aged turquoise stone accessories. Grey is such a great neutral and adds a clean, modern feel to just about any space.

Cute little grey chest with cream accents fits perfectly in a nook of this pretty bedroom.

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As long as grey painted French and Swedish chests emit warmth and comfort, they will continue to be perennial favorites.

A lovely distressed, pale gray Belvedere Chest with gold-leaf accents. Perfect if you love painted furniture but want a more formal style.

Last but not least......stunning grey and gold painted chest of drawers.

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