Decorating with mirror panels – Simple changes

Hope all had a wonderful week.

Recently I created a style/board for a dream cocktail parlor shown here  that featured a beautiful large wall mirror. This caused me to re-visit other décor possibilities for the wall of our cocktail parlor.   Although I love large wall mirrors I could not use one because we have a bar cabinet centered on that wall.  The wall décor was a dilemma from the start of the re-do in November until now.  And moving the furniture layout, painting and wall paper was out of the question.  Finally I downloaded the room image onto Houzz.com under their “design dilemma Q and A” board and asked other decorators as well.  I received great suggestions.  But only one suggestion really made sense…

“Since your wall art seems to be unbalanced,  why not use one mirror for each side of the cabinet”

Eureka! Never even considered it!

I went with two mirror wall panels. Placing one on each side of the bar cabinet.   So many pretty ones to choose from and their prices range very high to reasonable, from elaborate designs to basic….  I really could not make up my mind so Ms. Pocket Purse decided for me.    🙂

The winner:  AtHome.com the home décor superstore:   AtHome Barnwood Panel for $79.99  

The design was not too busy and the brown wood inlay coordinated with my furnishings.  The perfect size, nice weight and thickness, made well with sturdy wall hooks. And the right price.

To prepare the room the changes were made:  Replacing, moving, decluttering.  Really simple changes with a big impact.

 AFTER: 

Although the mirror panels has a black frame, the texture has brown accents that pick up the wood tones. 

I did not want a lot of mirror bling, just the right amount to reflect the mood lighting in the evening. 

Up lights on timers creates a nice ambiance.  

I may have sconces installed on this wall, still debating.

 Never considered mirror wall panels before but so glad it came to be.

My decision for mirror panels did not come from Houzz.com but they have great resources.  If you ever have a decorating design dilemma check out Houzz.com .  They have interior designers and decorators (some not) who take the time to help with valid suggestions.  Go to Houzz.com  click Stories and Advice then scroll to Design Dilemma .

Cheers to mirror reflections.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end and have a wonderful week

Thanks for stopping by.

Bamboo for the Foyer

Certain words have an effect on my creative imagination.  When I hear the word bamboo I always imagine myself on an exotic island, sitting barefoot in the sand wildly beating drums between my legs while my hair is flying in the wind! Just having a  good time.  Crazy right?  (yeah I know)onthebeachplayingdrums!!! Wake up Linda…Back to reality:

In my approach to minimizing, decluttering and purging, (tiny house living frame of mine) after a total clean out of closets it was time to focus on the rooms.   I started with our foyer. Long and narrow 7ft x 14ft.  I moved out the console table, side chair, art work and floor plant (forgot to take before pic.)  now that the foyer is empty, Ok, so now what?   I viewed many pics from Pinterest and selected my favorites: Minimalistentryway I love the open simplicity, large plants and small chair/ottomans in these pictures.   Since I’ve always loved bamboo in home décor designs and to get the feel of the pictures above, we moved our 7ft tall bamboo poles from the family room into the foyer and  inserted 3 bamboo leaf stalks to the natural bamboo poles. This one element replaced four.  A table, chair, wall art and small plant, all on that one wall space. BambooFoyerThe foyer is open and the poles definitely make a bold statement when entering the front.  After living with this for a few weeks we don’t miss the console table at all.  And the small storage ottoman placed closer to the door is really all that is needed for sitting to remove and store shoes.  This makes it visually appealing not having to see shoes in the front entryway.  The bamboo leaf stalks were purchased from  http://www.petals.com/silk-bamboo-artificial-tree-6ft/trc230-06    8099bamboopoles                                                 The bamboo art piece in the forefront shown here in an earlier post

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In the evening the base has an up-light my husband created which gives more drama. nightbamboo

I know this may not be a choice for many or bamboo poles may not be a design style for some but this can be an option to open a foyer if function is not the priority.    My purging opened the opportunity to arrange an accent piece differently than I would have normally.   The table, side chair and tabletop pieces were donated to Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity.  An overall feeling of accomplishment.

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I think Buddy likes it too.

To humor my silly imagination I could not resist doing this video on Bamboo….. Hope you enjoy.

See ya on the next purge!

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