the next time you're in LA, you must try the pizza at gjelina, my favourite restaurant in venice. it's to die for! (but more on that another time.) while enjoying a margarita pizza and a glass of riesling before heading to LAX recently, i fell in love with the restaurant's patinated mirrored bar. since i don't see a custom mirrored bar in my near future, i can tide myself over with some fabulous mirrored furniture in the meantime.
it may require a little saving up, but mirrored furniture is within your - and my - reach. if you live in a small space like me, this is a great option because mirrored pieces occupy less visual space in the room. by creating the illusion of depth, they enlarge the perception of space (wow that's a mouthful). plus, just like wall mirrors, they reflect light.
my picks for budget & splurge-worthy pieces
under $500left to right, top to bottom: west elm faceted mirror side table $200 / target mirrored tray $30 / the cross beveled mirror frame $40 / pier 1 imports hayworth bedside chest $350 / the cross deco mirrored cube $395 / pier 1 imports hayworth nightstand $200 / urban barn reflection console table $470 / target accent table $90
over $500 and then some
left to right, top to bottom: the cross jonathan console table $2,850 / inside avenue mirror side table $1,300 / horchow hannah mirrored chest $1,000 / the cross curved leg mirrored console $675 / graham & green 50s style mirrored chest of drawers £900 / parliament hand cut mirror panel $2,000 / pottery barn park mirrored dresser $800 / abc carpet & home ercole ornella nightstand price upon request
where to buy
* chintz & company
* the cross
* urban barn
online and/or usa
* pier 1 imports
* west elm
* pottery barn
* inside avenue
* graham & green
DIY: my handy-factor extends about as far as a paintbrush, a screwdriver and a hammer, but if you've got the time and the skills, you could spruce up a thrift store gem with a custom mirrored top. summer project!