Mirrors are a necessity in every house. They are a beautiful piece of wall decor that can be both functional and decorative. I like to decorate with mirrors in spaces that already have a lot of art work to help add another element to the space. They can be used in any room such as above your family room fireplace, in a foyer as you walk in, or in a dining room for decor. Strategically placed, mirrors can be functional pieces of art work. If you position a mirror across from a window it will reflect the natural light and make a dark room brighter! I also love how easily they can make a space look bigger, especially by using large floor mirrors. They come in endless styles and finishes, you will find a perfect one for every home. Here are some a my favorites!
Consoles are one of my favorite furniture pieces. It’s highly functional, serving as a catchall for an entry or a place to set a drink behind your sofa. I love how it can be purposeful in every room, even if only as a decorative item. Consoles come in endless materials, colors, shapes, and sizes and can light up any styled room whether it be a traditional sitting room or an ultra modern bedroom. The versatility makes it easy to design with. Depending on the selected style, you can stick ottomans underneath for additional seating or even baskets for more storage. A few of my favorites are below!
Working on this cozy family room retreat is so much fun! Built in the late 1800’s, this historic colonial holds a lot of character and endless possibilities to enhance its unique details. The client’s have a beautiful original built-in bookcase that was converted to hide away their TV as well. I wanted to make the bookcase the center of attention in the room and chose a rich blue paint color that will keep the space bright. They like to entertain so I maximized the seating with a comfortable sectional and a pair of separate lounge chairs. The ottoman can also be used as additional seating when needed. The lighting in this room has been updated with sufficient can lights, but the semi-flush mount light, sconce, and floor lamp helps to personalize the space a bit more. This custom rug from Restoration Hardware is simply gorgeous! I love the massive size and how it really helps to bring everything together.
The color palette in this particular room is very neutral. The client’s like the color blue and green, but were really loving the idea of keeping this room as light as possible because the lack of natural light. The wall color Simply White by Sherwin Williams helps to open the space up and really showcased their existing art work. The rug is also a solid choice, making it a shiny grey that popped against their oak hardwood floors. All of the furniture and accessories I chose lean towards modern, but make subtle vintage nods. The tufts on the bench ottoman, the stain glass print on the pillow, the antique gold finishes, and the swing arm sconce are all details that keep the history of the house intact while giving the space an updated look. Amazing how everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Who doesn’t love a good ottoman? I enjoy putting my feet up at the end of the day and an ottoman is a perfect place to do just that. What is wonderful is that not only are they meant for your feet, but also to sit on. I use them when designing for client’s who like to entertain. It’s a great way to add extra seating in a smaller environment. Ottomans are a furniture piece that anyone can have in their home, whether it be a traditional one with bamboo detailing or a modern lucite ottoman. They add texture and color and are a perfect accessory with a punch of personality. These are just a few of my favorites to use!