Look for Less: Quatrefoil Mirror

First off, I'd like to apologize for taking such a long hiatus. My life has been on a sort of transition the past weeks as I started a new full-time job and am designing another home on top of the new build I've been working on. It's been CAH-RAY-ZEE to say the least. But, I'm back with a goal to continue to write, but it may be only a few times a week. Thanks for being so patient with me!

As I was sourcing bathroom mirrors for one of my projects, I came across a quatrefoil mirror that took my breath away.  I've always been a huge fan of quatrefoils. In college we had an assignment to design a fabric and mine was a fretwork pattern made up of the classic Italian shape.

Unfortunately, the original mirror we liked for my client's room was a bit out of our price range so we both set out to look for a "look for less."

Ironies's Araby Mirror Cost: $3,000+

Cooper Classics' Kristen Mirror Cost: $500+

Check out the great find my client found at Lowes of all places!

Lowe's Allen+Roth Mirror Cost: $65!!

Obviously the Lowe's version is lesser quality than the other two, but the Lowe's one has rave reviews.  They say you can't even tell once it's mounted on the wall that it's made of hallow plastic, not wood or metal.  Hey, if it saves $3K, I'm all for it!

{Interior images via Decorti}

Eye Candy

"Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them."
-Dorothy Draper

{image via House Beautiful}

Perfect Pair: Grey + White

Still obsessed with grey. Obsessed. Clean white, too. And the combination? Perfection.

This last one is for you traditionalists out there.  Doesn't this look like a Parisian apartment?  Stunning.

Biker Chick Chic

These women are my heroes.  They get around by riding gorgeous bikes and they do it in HEELS (these aint no kitten heels either). Makes me ashamed of when I kick mine off to drive my car...  One day I hope to be as cool as they are.

 Not only is this lady in heels, but she tops it off with a turban and mink.  Only in Paris...

Kelly Wearstler's Interior Design Blog

What.....?  Kelly Wearstler has a new design blog?  Craziness.

Kelly has only one post up, as of today, but it alone amazed me.  Did you know she uses trays in lieu of design boards? Genius.  Look at her amazing design studio:

Each one of those trays is a client's 'room.'  Oh to be able to peruse and take a sneak peak of the beautiful madness that is Kelly Wearstler's work.

Run, don't walk, over to Kelly's Blog.

eMag: High Gloss Premier Issue!

I recently posted about how much I love eMags. Well, I may have just stumbled across my favorite one! Check out the premier issue of High Gloss!

This dining area was inspired by the Rat Pack through the 50's and 60's.  You know I love any room that has Dorothy Draper's chest and lacquered chairs!

Honestly, magazine's style boards never really strike me as pretty.  They always push the envelope a bit too much for me.  But this one? I think they jumped in my brain and posted everything I would want them to post!

Great minds think a like! The starburst mirror in the background of the above picture is the same starburst I have over my bed and the blue Surya rug, below, is in my kitchen. Adore!

Check out this new eMag in all its fabulousness at

Eye Candy: Morning Beauty

 A gorgeous little photo shoot.

This photo shoot reminds me of "Water for Elephants" an a-MAY-zing book, I wish I had more time to finish.   Even though that "Twilight" boy is the main character, I can not wait until the movie is released this Spring!

{Morning Beauty | Natalia Vodianova by Glen Luchford via FGR}

A Little Oomph

Sometimes a room just needs a little Oomph.  What better than glossy lacquered tables and pretty printed pillow?

This is called the Siamese Chair.  Cute, no?

Love this orange lacquered console. Love.

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