Mirrors: The Perfect Reflection

There are two things in my home that you will see a lot of, candles and mirrors. The latter has absolutely nothing to do with vanity, in fact on any given day I’m lucky if I have a chance to get out of my P.J.’s before 5PM. If I’m not out sourcing for clients I am at home on the phone “taking care of business,” as a blogger. Bottom line it’s the way most designers bloggers roll. When I used to work for a well known purveyor of all things beautiful in the ATL, an exceedingly talented and well known designer came in with her entourage, in her P.J.’s and a long sweater jacket,  the latter had more “pills” than a Hollywood starlet. It’s a visual that is positively burned into my short term memory. In fact, I have seen her at numerous events perfectly coiffed, dripping in high-end couture (think Paris runway), and all I can think of is a tattered sweater, and Land’s End lounge-wear (on my new Tory Burch messenger bag, I swear it’s true). At that moment, I knew that I could definitely work that look, and I have, to the mailbox, down the street, to the drive thru and once right into my favorite high-style boutique. I just haven’t gone out in public with Mr. B. in my “P.J. Chic”…yet, but it will happen.

So, my point is that mirrors are definitely not for vanity at our house, but used to reflect light, add some sparkle, architectural interest, or to create a little high drama. If you follow my blog, you may have guessed that we actually “live” in our home. I make very few apologies for the toys lining our hallway, or the constant clutter and culinary chaos in our kitchen. I have been in “designer” homes and literally looked underneath the couch cushions to see if there was any evidence of kids (because I knew they had some), or signs of life. Yes, our house is well lived in and our mirrors are strategically placed to reflect back the cleanest parts of our home. How clever is that? Here are some of my favorite mirrors, inside some of the most amazing spaces, some of the interiors I have been fortunate enough to step foot in. P.S. I wish I could show you some of my own well-loved mirrors, but I just signed my life away with a company that is using some photos of our home in a marketing campaign. Say what? Hopefully our cleaning lady can wave her “Mr. Clean” wand and transform Casa B. into some much needed semblance of order, or at least find hiding places in between our cushions that haven’t already been taken.

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Courtesy/ Vicki Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

This mirror at one of my favourite watering holes in NYC-General Assembly, not only reflects the light, but adds architectural interest to an otherwise empty wall…

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This mirror in a simple frame, balances the artwork, and  gives the illusion that the studded console is taller than it actually is…

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Credit-Aclure Interiors

Foxed mirrors are the perfect backdrop to sophisticated, transitional spaces.

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Photo-Vicki Bolick/ theaceofspaceblog.com

This Federal style mirror is so fitting over the mantel of this century old mansion. I love the way it captures the chandelier in the room. Located in Memphis, Tennessee it’s a must see if your ever in “Elvistown.”

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A large grouping of similarly toned mirrors goes a long way in creating visual impact…

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This is such a clever way to mount a few mirrors, on a painted board or door. It also allows you to move this piece around the room….Genius.

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Photo-Vicki Bolick/ theaceofspaceblog.com

A large mirror leaned against a wall warms up this dining space…

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Design-Vicki Bolick/ theaceofspaceblog.com/ Photo-Christina Wedge

This was a space I designed for a couple who moved back to the states from Singapore. The large wall needed more visual pizzazz without detracting from the artwork, so I added mis-matched mirrors, which also served to reflect light back into the space…

I hope you have an amazing 4th of July holiday! P.S. Well be back with our “Tastemaker” series next week with more fabulously talented designers! So don’t forget to check back…

As always,

Be Inspired. Be Amazed.

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Just As Good On The Inside…(Indoor/Outdoor Furniture)

Summer is here!!! With the scorching heat of the southern sun- comes the pool and neighborhood kids running rampant through our home (Yes, we are the house). Apparently, kids come to our door in flocks because we have great snacks, and as of last week we bought a machine that makes custom sodas. Which was a mistake, a very Big one. Finding children standing at your front door with bottles to fill is something that I am going to change with drapery. That’s Right. We have a foyer that would benefit from drapery which would cover the expansive opening, and in a perfect world could be drawn blocking us from the world. Initially, Mr  B. was vehemently opposed, but as the summer progresses he is totally on board. In fact, if I knew this earlier, I would have paid the kids in the neighborhood top dollar to show up at our door just to get the drapery I always wanted (scheming is not outside the realm of possibilities to get a little privacy). Which brings me to another new purchase, the indoor/outdoor chairs which have replaced the creamy white slipcovered ones that used to be a part of our breakfast-room. I have watched them become a human napkin, a trampoline, and my favorite-removing the slipcovers and using them to transform your tiny self into a ghost. Creative, but a deal breaker.

So last week, the Fashionista and I found the perfect replacement. Virtually child proof with modern lines, they can absolutely be hosed off (Note to self: make sure there aren’t any pint sized lurkers first).  Plus, they can be brought outside for extra seating on the deck. So while I am trying to “summer proof” our house, (successfully I might add) I wanted to share some indoor/outdoor chairs that I had considered as worthy contenders. As luck would have it, I have “second and third guessed” my decision. Yes, I have seen others since that I love more. But that is all part of being a fickle soul.

Gone are the days when it didn’t matter if the furniture was weather proof or not, as long as it could be moved from the inside to the outside, and back without alot of effort. As in the case of my mother’s beloved Heywood Wakefield dining set. It certainly withstood the test of time, both inside and out. I remember having to move the set from the kitchen to the back lawn for evening dining (if it was a sunny day). In her defense we had two months of summer a year, so I’m sure catching what little we had of summer was the deciding factor. Granted, my forward thinking mother was probably ahead of her time and I am happy to report that she actually has outdoor furniture now. The Heywood-Wakefield dining room set was sadly replaced when we all left for college, unfortunate because today it would be so “au courant.” Had it been passed to me, I can assure you we would not be carrying it to the great outdoors every evening.

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 via reeenesdesign.com

This updated version of a farmhouse chair would be perfect indoors or out…

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 via indulgy.com

Oh the possibilities…

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I can imagine these surrounding a formal table inside with a sparkly chandelier, or moved patio-side gracing candlelit tables…

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via inmod.com

These were my second runner-up, there was such a sculptural quality, virtually art for the home…

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via luxeyard.com

Pantone’s “Colour of the Year,” Radiant Orchid, translated into an indoor/outdoor chair...

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via gilthome.com

This has to be the most stunning example of an indoor/outdoor chair…if you use these in a project I would love to see a picture!

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via theinspiredroom.net

The iconic Tolix Chair, successfully blended with other styles and textures. Hard to believe, but the very first Tolix chair was manufactured in 1934, and it’s still relevant today.

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via theaceofspaceblog.com/Vicki Bolick

My house, with the new chairs from Ballard Design. I looked everywhere, even chairs at triple the cost, but I loved the clean lines, and the synthetic rattan would survive close inspection by even the most discerning eye. Paired with some custom pillows from John Robshaw, and my work in this room is finished. I love the light here, and our view overlooking a large pond is the perfect spot to enjoy a cuppa.

I hope you are inspired to think outside the proverbial design box, and look at some standout offerings of indoor/outdoor furniture…until next time.

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.

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My Life In Watercolour

Ah…a week without snow, and I’m not sure I’m really ready. Truth be told, I actually like the white stuff. Since I’m from Upstate NY (near Canada, not NYC), I start wearing sweaters in August and I’m really not ready to put them away until maybe April. That’s how my internal clock works. Yes, this creature of habit actually embarrassed the “Fashionista”, when I walked into school to pick her up in my favorite cable knit sweater from Ireland, and it was almost 75 degrees out.

On the other end of the spectrum, my daughter was wearing a short sleeve shirt from The Gap, and the most adorable Michael Kors leopard print flats with studs. As Jenna Lyons (of J. Crew fame) once said “As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” It’s firmly ingrained in the brain of my pint sized prodigy, as I soon witnessed from this retold tale-“Mom, Abbie said my shoes didn’t match my shirt.” Me: “What? They do actually, leopard is a neutral, so it goes with just about anything.” The Fashionista: “That’s what I said, remember when your friend told you? The tiger lady?” Yes, Jenna Lyon (aka Tiger, or Lion) you are now being quoted by First Graders, and of course I was very flattered that she believes we are friends. I am one proud Momma, in addition to my daughter’s amazing attributes, (she’s beyond kind, funny and smart), she can also quote fashion icons at the tender age of seven.

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The Fashionista’s leopard shoes in Waterlogue….

As a side note: I get quite a few e-mails asking for updates on our daughter, in March it will be one year since we adopted her. With infinite amounts of love and stability, she continues to thrive and is such an inspiration to us all. I am in awe of what she has accomplished in the two years we’ve known her, and words can’t express how much she is loved. I wish I could show you pictures, but we’ve chosen not to put any on social media to protect her privacy, although we may occasionally if it’s not a full face shot.

So while I am navigating the world of fashion as it relates to kids, I am also navigating the world of apps. Yes, this is the “Year of the App,” although it’s also the “Year of the Horse.” I have many sleepless nights to look forward to, because the new photo applications are simply life changing, at least until the next “new thing” comes along. I am totally Waterlogue and Glaze obsessed, and have already spent hours of precious free time “Waterloging”, just about every photo known to mankind. Of course, I wanted to share some pictures from my design portfolio after they were converted into “works of art” courtesy of “Waterlogue.” I am posting the pictures “commercial free” purely for your viewing pleasure. So here are some of my designs showcased in an entirely new light…

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On a side note I’ll be unveiling my new and approved blog next week, it’s redesigned and fabulous. I’m a little sad about leaving the “old look” behind, it was with me for 2 1/2 years, but it was time for a fresh new update. Out of nostalgia, I wanted to write one more post under my old blog design, “for old times sake.” Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter for more design inspiration, and updates from the world of design.

As always,
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