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4.01.2011

Using Mirrors to Create More Light and Fill Spaces


We all know that I'm obsessed with natural light... right.
Well, besides windows, what's the best way to reflect light???

If you said Mirrors... you're RIGHT!
We have a big framed one in our entry way...

and another, beveled version not too far away, hanging over our stairs


I might be wrong, cause "I aint' no professional decorator"... :)
but I feel like having multiple mirrors in a smaller space is okay!... as long as they all have a purpose, and are different enough, to almost serve as a piece of art, instead of just "another mirror on the wall."

The other night while I was out shopping with Jen at IKEA, we spotted this lovely curvy lady.


I knew that she had to come home with me PRONTO!
I wasn't totally sure where I was going to put her, but it didn't matter.
She had it goin' on.
:) 


After a little debating...
 We decided that this bare spot, between our kitchen nook and living room would be perfect.



So Cason got to work installing the clips.
And about 5 minutes later...


Empty space, no more!


Again, I love how this mirror serves as more of a work of art, then just "a mirror"


To Cason's dismay, I want to add a tiny half table below this mirror.
(he thinks it will look silly and be in the way... so I'm determined to prove him wrong, ha!)
What's a half table?  Well... it's basically just a small side table, that is chopped in half, and mounted against the wall, and left with only two legs as it's support.
Kinda like this...

I think it could be cute if painted with a small stripe!

Click on images to be directed to original posts, for each of these cute pieces.

I've been keeping my eye out for a small side table that looks similar to this one from Pottery Barn.
Charlotte Bedside Table
Except, I want mine to be about $180 cheaper :)
And from a thrift store, so I can paint it a pretty white, and stripe it with some yellow.
eek!
It makes me happy, just thinking about it!


Another thing I picked up at IKEA, during the same trip, that I have BIG plans for:

This large flat woven rug, with a skid free backing.

I'm almost done with it, and can't WAIT to show you what "magic" I'm working...
turning this regular ol' rug, into a show stopper :)

44 comments:

  1. That mirror is absolutely delicious! I hate that I live 6 hours away from the nearest Ikea. :( I hope you find that table soon. I can't wait to see it!

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  2. "Curvy lady," I love that!! Beautiful mirror. I love seeing pics of your home...so pretty. :)

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  3. I've been dying to paint a rug with either chevron or trellis design but i can't find a white one to start with anywhere- love how yours isn't- can't wait to see what amazingness you turn it into!!!!! and for the tutorial so i can do it the easy way!

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  4. Love your mirror, and so cant wait to see what happens to the rug....

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  5. Ooo great post! I bought that Ikea mirror too but hung it vertical on top of the fireplace mantle. We took it down now though as I have another mirror and no place for the Ikea one now! I like how you hung it horizontal.. hmmm....

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  6. i love that mirror. i need to get to IKEA. i'm redoing my room and i need accessories...enter ikea. i'm excited for your striped half table. that'll look amazing.

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  7. LOVE the mirror! Oh how I wish I lived close to an IKEA again =) Super cute. And, I agree with you...the table would be adorable there!

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  8. Love..love the mirror but you must tell me where you got the yellow lamp.

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  9. I cant wait to see what the final rug looks like!! The mirror is perfection :D

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  10. I love that mirror. Jenny at Little Green Notebook used it on top of another mirror. Clever! She also shows some other pretties like that one.

    http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2011/04/frameless-mirrors.html

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  11. Love the mirror! Can't wait to see the rug. I just sold an old PB table similar to that one through consignment!!

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  12. Yes! i can't wait to see. I've been debating painting my daughter's rug in her room....

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  13. I don't love mirrors without frames, but I do like the shape of that mirror. Hmm, DIY project to make a killer frame for the curvy lady?

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  14. This is kind of off topic lol, but what type of flooring is in your kitchen (wood or laminate)?? I love it!! We're going to build a house and I would love to have something similar. The color and the texture of it is wonderful!
    Thanks, Andrea (sullivanak@yahoo.com)

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  15. I saw a mirror like that in the Ballard catalog that I wanted so bad. Now I need to make a trip to IKEA pay about $150 less. Awesome!! If only my closest IKEA wasn't in Atlanta 4 hours away. :( Your mirror looks fantastic and I totally think you need a little half table!

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  16. I absolutely love everything about your blog. I have gotten so many ideas from it. My next project is going to be wheat in a box like you have over your fridge. I love that mirror from IKEA too!

    I'm just getting my little ol' blog http://elegantlyunderstated.blogspot.com/ started but hopefully it will be just like yours one day. :)

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  17. I think I've fallin' in love with everything you do! :) I can't wait to see what you do with your rug.

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  18. I love your entryway rug-- where did you find that? Thanks!

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  19. love that mirror! can't wait to see what becomes of the rug! :)

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  20. Super cute!
    But can I just say that I LOVE the cute little wire cover you have for the lamp at your front entry table! Um, hello! ADORABLE! What a fab idea!!
    xoxo

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  21. So funny I just read a post today about those ikea mirrors and they actually mounted the mirror on their bathroom mirror to give it some vavavavoom! It was amazing as is yours. I'm going to ikea tomorrow! Can't wait!

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  22. i love your house!!!! i love mirrors too but sometimes they reflect weird things and then i don't like them. i have taken several down because you see just the top of the entertainment center or whatever. really want to do a gallery wall and hang a mirror. you are such inspiration!

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  23. I've been needing some rug inspiration - can't wait to see what you've got! Gotta love IKEA!

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  24. Love that mirror! I haven't been to IKEA in forever! I think it's time I make a trip. But it will have to wait until after Creative Estates! I'm so excited!!!!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  25. oooh la la! That mirror DOES have it goin' on!

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  26. I love IKEA! That rugs looks like a great kitchen rug.. can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  27. Too funny!! I bought the same mirror for my daughter's room and it is STILL sitting there just waiting to be hung. Can I barrow your hubby for a day. I'm sure he would love a road trip to central Ilinois, right!! He had the drill in hand before you could get home, didn't he!
    It looks awesome...thanks for sharing!!

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  28. that rug looks like what I've been looking for to put next to my bed. can you please tell me the name & its price? thanks!

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  29. I can NOT wait to see what you have going on with this rug of yours! Hurry!! =)

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  30. I love mirrors too! They totally make a room feel bigger too, I think! And I totally think they can be art also! Can't wait to see what you do with the rug! I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

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  31. Random comment:

    I used to live at Husnes when I was a little girl.

    Yes, IKEA names mean something. ;o)

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  32. I love the "I want mine to be $180 cheaper". I say that type of thing all the time. Can't wait to see what you do with the Ikea rug.

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  33. Oh my goodness-come decorate my house right now! you have such a great eye! I get into stores and get overwhelmed and can't picture how anything will actually fit in my house!

    can't wait to see what you do with the rug!

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  34. I love that mirror! I've been searching for one to hang in my hallway by my stairs. I need one that is horizontal but that bad boy would look great either way! FYI I've seen some little tables at Tai Pan that are pretty cute. Not sure on their price but they've got to be cheaper than pottery barn!

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  35. Where did you find your entryway table? I have been on the lookout for something small like that (as our foyer is dinky!)

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  36. LOVE IT!! I'm wondering first of all where you found that fabulous zebra picture, and 2nd what your paint color is. Your house is fabulous!!

    I love checking out your site. I actually used your girls' bathroom makeover as inspiration for my kids bathroom. THANK YOU ;)

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  37. Don't even have my house yet (have to find one we like first) but I am headed to ikea this week and will definitely pick one up. It's sooooo awesome!

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  38. Can't wait to see your finished rug. I have one just like this from IKEA and I'm thinking I might just have to copy your creativity!! :)

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  39. I love love love your kitchen flooring!! Do you by chance remember what brand and style it is? We're remodeling our kitchen & living room. Flooring is one of the things on the "to-do" list and the one I finally decided on is backordered for another month. *sigh* I love your blog and get so many great ideas from it. Thanks for taking the time to inspire us.

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  40. I love your Yellow lamps where did you get those? alicen_howie@hotmail.com
    ALi

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  41. Hi! I know this post is pretty old, but I have a question... :) What kind of clips did you use that don't show after the mirror is hung? We have a big mirror in our bedroom, and I really don't like the clips we're using for it. Thanks!

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