Classic Style Using Authentic Treasures

It's all about living an AUTHENTIC life, being true to who we are and finding beauty and inspiration in our daily surroundings. Decorating our homes with found items and antique and vintage treasures, we create a personal ~ classic style ~ that defines who we are!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall....or Not


noun \ˈmir-ər, mi-rər\

Definition of MIRROR

: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) 
that forms images by reflection
a : something that gives a true representation  
b : an exemplary model 
Do you decorate with mirrors?
Are they just hanging around?

I decided to look at some different ways 
to use them in our decorating!
Aren't these Venetian Mirrored Wall Sconces
beautiful?  I can just imagine the
candle light reflecting off the mirror!

Modern Day Mosaic Mirrored Wall Sconce

Try using mirrored tiles in place of a solid mirror.

Beveled Mirror Tiles 
would make a great back splash or an interesting wall display.

Here's a polished metal subway tile 
with a mirrored finish.


The sky's the limit with mosaics!

This mosaic appears 
on the outside of the building at sidewalk level.

St. Mary's Art Place, St. Mary's, Ohio
commissioned this Mosaic Art Work by Greta Gonzalez
 Ok, when I say mirrored ceilings,
 I know you are going to groan....but just take a look:

Detail of mirrored ceiling of the Jas Mandir 
in Amber Palace Jaipur Rajasthan India 
 Pavillion ceiling at the Chehel Sotun Palace
Modern Day Penthouse - LasVegas
If the ceiling doesn't work for you,
what about a beautiful ceiling medallion?
I thought this one was gorgeous!

Horchow Retailers

Here's a great DIY project 
to get the look for less!
If the ceiling just won't work for you,
 think about mirrored light fixtures!
Yes, the disco ball still lives in this
modern day interpretation!

There are so many beautiful 
mirrored fixtures available today!
Horchow Retailers

Centerpieces and table scapes
are perfect opportunities to
use mirrors of all shapes and sizes!

Here is a great idea.
Use the mirrors on different levels.

This gorgeous antique would be a show stopper.

Henry Wilkinson & Co.
Antique English silver and cut-crystal mirrored centerpiece.

If you like the look
but the pocket book won't comply,
try a vintage mirrored perfume tray or two.

Line them with candles and flowers
down the center of the table!

Better yet,
a mirrored table top 
would certainly do the job!
Isn't this gorgeous?


 During the holidays you can always find 
basic mirrored shapes at all the
home goods stores, but here's a great source
for all sizes of mirrored place mats!


If mirrored table scapes aren't your thing,
you may want to consider mirrored
candlesticks or tea light holders.

A Pair of Art Moderne Silverplate, Glass and Mirrored Table Lamps,
c. 1930, in the form of candlesticks, single candle cup above four glass columns 
on molded mirrored plinth, height 17 in., width 4 3/4 in., depth 4 in. $800/1200

Formal, reproductions are readily available!

Not so formal?
These tea light holders are adorable!



Mirrored wall art is a great way to
add light and sparkle to any room.

This site offers everything 
you can think of in mirrored form!


I found quite a few mirrored clocks in my research.  
Below is a classic styled reproduction,

...and a modern clock with flair!

Just think about all those vintage mirrors 
you pass up at the thrift stores,
wouldn't they make great clocks?
You can buy inexpensive clock kits just about anywhere!
Just make sure you use the proper type 
of drill with the mirror center...
we don't want 7 years of bad luck!

This talented blogger 
turned a clock INTO a mirror!

Mirrored furniture is a subject for another day!

Mirror, Mirror on the wall
Who's the fairest of them all?
Bless those who read my blog today
and send them on their joyful way!

Live your AUTHENTIC LIFE ~ Be the REAL You!




Debra Hall said...

Thank you for finding me....and following along! I will do the same! Love what I see, now going back for more!!
Welcome and nice to meet you....
Debra :))

Martha at Authentica said...

Thanks so much!
I'm starting a new business manufacturing professionally made pillows, table runners, etc out of vintage textiles and grain sacks, as well as re-purposing found antique and vintage items.

You never know what you will see on my blog...depends on the day!
Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful style!
Martha P

Ormolulu said...

Wow, Martha . . . that was a beautiful post! Clearly that was LOT of work, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

. . . want me some mirrored subway tiles!

xoxo Debi

Martha at Authentica said...

Tons of hugs! Not ever sure who reads them, but I find the research and ideas to be relaxing!
Can't wait to hear about the upcoming weekend! Hope to see some pics!

LaPouyette said...

The Indian mirror images are stunning, Martha!

Although I'm an enthusiastic antique mirror collector, I quite like the very well proportioned modern sunburst mirror (last image).

Again - very interesting post. Thank you for sharing! k