Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Decorating With Multiple Layered Mirrors

You can really maximize a room's style with a well-placed mirror. That being said, imagine the impact with three well placed mirrors that just happen to be layered one upon the other. Layering mirrors has been around for a bit but there are few blog posts about it so thought I would publish one for those of you who may not be that familiar with the trend. I hate to call it a trend because I think this one can be considered timeless style and a wise investment. Enjoy the images and try this easy uplift for yourself.

Louis XIV knew the visual importance of a mirror or two and how they can make a space look ever so grand!

No home should be without at least one ......in this case two or three.....strategically layered upon each other. I know many of you may have a hard time letting go of the one centered mirror hung on the wall look. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it!!! I just encourage you you to try sometime new, think outside the box a bit, and go for unique and interesting. You might be surprised with where it leads you. 

Multiple layered mirrors bouncing around light in small rooms will help make the space seem larger and more grand. Plus the effect will give you a unique and old worldly tabletop vignette.

The look of layering mirrors goes hand in hand with all French styles whether classical, farmhouse, provincial, or chateau. And it doesn't matter whether they are hand-carved, gilded baroque or painted rustic farmhouse mirrors because the styles are interchangeable.

Multiple layered mirrors give depth, intimacy, and variety to a room.

Grouping multiple mirrors is a great way to make an impact that may not be possible with just one.

I think a few antique gilded mirrors with the right aged patina adds a little polish to even rustic French farmhouse style interiors.

I think a collection of ornate mirrors of multiple sizes can even have an eclectic, edgy look that works well with more modern interiors.

Image from "The French Room" by Betty Lou Phillips

Another pretty way to layer mirrors is by hanging a smaller one from the ornate top of a larger mirror. This mirror has been hung on the wall but the same look can be created with leaning them.

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Layering ornate mirrors will really maximize a French room's style. Lean them instead of hanging!

There are two choices you can make when layering mirrors, either stagger them like in this image......

.......or center one large mirror and layer them accordingly like on this gorgeous French console.

This vignette with centered layered mirrors is in my office. I had a couple of mirrors left over from a recent redo and decided to layer them on top of this four drawer highboy chest handmade by my great granfather. There is really only room on the narrow top for two even though I would like a third. The large one came from my grandfather's barber shop in Oxford, Ohio. I keep my antique petitpoint compacts in the gray display cabinet. 

Aidan Gray Home

Layered mirrors look great on all the traditional places like mantles, dresser tops, and on hallway consoles and other antique pieces throughout the house.

A vanity is another great place to layer small mirrors.

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Try layering a fabulous sunburst mirror over a large square one. Don't be afraid to mix ornate with weathered. The look is beautiful!

Lisa Luby Ryan

If you have a collection of oval frames, make mirrors, layer and display them where you can really enjoy them.

A layering of ornate painted mirrors adds just the right touch if you are into the all white French cottage decor. Make sure you age them properly and don't just paint them white. They will look too flat just painted.

If you are trying to create the weathered and faded French look, remember the more aged your layered mirrors are the better. By all means do not replace the old mirrors with bight, shiny new ones. No kidding, I have seen it done!

Layer a variety of mirrors, place your choice of a fabulous focal point, and then manipulate a stack of books or other items to just the right height to balance out the vignette.

Use a few layered mirrors to reflect the light as well as all the gorgeous things you've collected.

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Another example of layered mirrors in an all white French cottage setting.

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Layered mirrors add a dramatic and luxurious effect in this great eclectic space.

Photo by Tracery Interiors

A multi-dimensional layered sunburst mirror collection looks wonderful in this transitional style room and really pops on the navy wall.

Sunburst mirrors are a good choice for layering over large mirror walls and is perfect for this eclectic interior.

Bathroom vanity mirrors can also be a good place to layer a mirror.

Heather Scott Home & Design


Don't forget how pretty layering mirrors can be in Christmas displays. Christmas might be a good jumping off place for you if you like the look but can't take the plunge. You will have a month to get use to the idea and then might not be able to part with them as the new year rolls along.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Bedroom Libraries For Book Lovers

Who says that libraries aren’t allowed in the bedroom? If you are a book lover, why should you not be able to bask in your favorite passion.....reading? First let's get one thing straight, a bedroom is NOT intended for office work but for relaxation only. If, at the end of an exhausting day, reading becomes a relaxing routine that you do before going to bed, then by all means brush your teeth, wash your face and indulge in books at arms length right there in your own small bedroom library. 

This blog post will show you how practical and aesthetically pleasing a bedroom library can be. All bedroom styles from modern to English cozy can benefit from the addition of book shelves so enjoy the images and tips for creating one of your own.

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Some people love co-existing with books and creating a literary space in their bedrooms is a perfect idea. This is especially true for a bedroom which is no longer merely functioning as a place to sleep. You can even choose to color coordinate your library.

Utilize any extra space in your bedroom and install bookcases that can hold all your books. What can beat a comfy bed, lots of blankets, and many, many books close at hand. Should your significant other be a biliophile, that is icing on the cake! If you really want to feel totally surrounded by your collection, position the bed in the center of the room like this.

This bedroom library, with fabulous French bed, looks absolutely ideal for those days when all you want to do is stay in bed and read surrounded by your favorite antiques and artwork.

Precious Moments. Mary Louise Gow (1851-1929).

The best part about having a bedroom library is that you won’t have to wander into another room looking for a good read when you are relaxed and ready to jump in bed.

To avoid seeing scattered, dust covered books on the floor of your bedroom, incorporate some kind of book case or shelving and let your collection become the focal point of your room.

House Beautiful Magazine

Be sure to keep your books well-arranged so that it won’t be hard to find what you are looking for. Providing a ladder for reaching top shelves is also a good idea. 

Atilio Baccani’s ‘Lady Reading a Book’ (1876)

There are several ways to display a book collection in your bedroom library. Having floor to ceiling bookshelves custom made to fit your bedroom is the ultimate luxury item for any book lover.


If you have the space for it, a matching set of bookshelves on either side of the bed is a good choice.    

Or you can purchase a few ready-made bookcases and anchor them to the wall.

While I think custom built ins are a wonderful way to display cherished volumes, I prefer a free standing bookcase like the one in this gorgeous French space designed by Andie Pauly.

Francois Boucher's Portrait de Madame de Pompadour (1756)

Can't you just visualize this French beauty in your bedroom library overflowing with your favorite books? I would love to make a library from several of these, all similar yet mis-matched.


Don't forget to think outside the box and make your bedroom library unique. There are so many lovely cupboards and antique shelves that can provide another wonderful way to create your bedroom literary space.

Attic bedrooms are perfect for turning into small libraries. Fill up the nooks and crannies with cupboards or shelves.

Use your books to add color and beauty to your bedroom space. It's a chance to display your prized possessions in your own relaxation place.

Albert Bartholomé, The Artist's Wife Reading, 1883

I love how this impressive personal collection of books is situated behind the twin beds in this bedroom library. The display certainly becomes a lovely backdrop and takes on the look of a large headboard.

Axel Vervoordt

Just because you have a library in your bedroom doesn't mean you HAVE to read in bed. Make sure you have a comfortable chair like this simple wingback or even a small loveseat or rocker......anything that will work well for you when it’s time to relax and immerse yourself in the pages of your book.

A home library in your bedroom will go a long way in impressing on your children how important books are.

Stephanie Stokes

You have to admit shelves of books make a bedroom look cozy. They are great accessories!

Francis John Wyburd - Portrait of a Girl in Green reading

The owner of this bedroom library has opted for a different way to display their books.....spines to the wall. If you prefer a neutral background this may work for you.


The look of a  well stocked library brings a touch of classical elegance and history to more modern bedroom styles. 

For many people, settling in with a good book is the best way to end the day. A bedroom library puts them right at your fingertips. That way, you can be more comfortable and linger in the bedroom reading.

Young Woman Reading, Samuel Melton Fisher

The great thing about the bedroom library is that it also works for people who like to display objets d'art, personal photographs, and other treasures alongside their book collection.

A great boho style bedroom library that looks to be located in Paris. I love the curved shelving and how walls of books seem to give a bedroom an intimate feel.

This image definitely presents a strong case for the bedroom library.

You might want to transform a ho-hum guest room into a sophisticated library bedroom by adding shelving on both sides of the door.

I had to include this cute guesthouse bedroom complete with well stocked book shelves.

Girl with a Book by Pietro Antonio Rotari 1707

Fooled you....it's wallpaper. This is perfect for bookworms that want the look but are allergic to dust!!!

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