Sometimes having a clear vision for how you want a space to look can be a hindrance when trying to finish a room. It’s usually a good thing, because there is an actionable to-do list. It can become an obstacle, though, when you know exactly what you want down to the shape, color, size, but you’re having trouble finding it!
Such was the case with the mirror for the dining room. I’ve been looking for one for a few months and have come up empty. I have looked at local consignment shops, thrift stores, estate sales, and antique stores/malls. I wasn’t hopeful, but I checked HomeGoods a few times on the off chance they would have one. I’ve looked on craigslist here and in PA and NC (so I could pick it up when we visited family on the east coast). I looked when mom and I hit some antique malls and shops in PA during my visit as well. I even browsed online to see if I could find a vintage one on Etsy or eBay and see if shipping would be feasible and affordable.
I found mirrors that were beautiful, but too small. Ones that were too tall and not wide enough. Ones that were the right size, but not the right look or finish or color or shape. I tried leaning up a rectangular gold frame I already had to see if that would work. It was the right size and finish, but the shape wasn’t right.
When I was first sharing my vision for the mirror on my blog, I located a mirror from Wayfair that was the shape and style I had in mind. I didn’t even look at the measurements at the time, because I was just using it as an inspiration picture. It was really more than I wanted to pay as well. I was hoping to find one for about $250 or less.
As my search was stretched out over the weeks and I was finishing the mural and working on the butler’s pantry, I became impatient. I wanted to get this room finished and I wasn’t hopeful that I would find the mirror I wanted any time soon. So, I revisited the one on the Wayfair site – the Astoria Grand Rogan Wall Mirror. (Affiliate link.) The measurements were perfect and so was the finish and shape. Everything else in the room was bought from craigslist, a consignment store, or a yard sale (the chandelier was $4.00) and the mural was free, so I figured I could suck it up and splurge on one new piece that was just what I wanted. (I did catch it on sale for $389 with free shipping.)
I was nervous as I unpacked it. Would my “clear vision” be on point? Sometimes I think something will look one way, but then it’s not quite right and I have to try to purge that vision from my mind and start fresh! This mirror, though? I am thrilled with it…
I originally got my vision for this mirror from my Oma and Opa’s house. My Oma had a large, gold mirror hanging in her dining room that I always loved and it was shaped just like this. In fact, this one looks remarkably close to hers, but it’s a little bit smaller and the top is slightly different. It almost looks like this one is a reproduction of her vintage mirror and I love that. Even though it’s a reproduction, it has a certain nostalgic quality for me.
From a design perspective, I like how the finish, curves, and details relate to the chandelier and how the soft, feminine style compliments the mural. And, of course, the light reflecting quality opens up the room a bit more, which is nice, since it’s a small, square space with a northwest-facing window (that’s shadowed by an overhanging porch ceiling.)
Now, I am considering how to style the buffet and if I should add lamps or sconces or topiaries or something else… I’ve learned that I need to live with a new thing for a little while before buying something else to go with it. Sometimes the thing itself is enough or I already have something that will work and I just need a little time to discover it. I’m leaning towards “it’s enough” at this point.
Hanging the mirror has also made me decide to paint the interior of the primitive cabinet. I don’t like the dark wood reflecting in the mirror. So, that’s next on my list and then I’ll be refinishing the table next week. I’m also going to add a cord cover, since exposed yellow cord and electrical tape doesn’t really work with my vision! I already have it made, but we need to take down the chandelier to add it, which is a bit of a pain. I’m going to have to sweet-talk Jeff into helping me with that! The cover I made is a simple cream linen, so it’ll just hide the chain and wire and then disappear.
As I talked about in my post yesterday, I love looking at rooms through doorways and this wall looks so pretty through the doorway from the kitchen eating area.
The light reflecting off the mirror is especially pretty from this angle.
This room that had me stumped for a little while is really coming along. As a reminder, here is a before (although we put up the chandelier and ceiling crown)…
Is it weird that I’m already looking forward to decorating this room for Christmas?