Tuesday, May 18, 2010

mirror mirror on the dresser

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 $500
left 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
* parliament
* urban barn

online and/or usa
* target
* pier 1 imports
* west elm
* pottery barn
* horchow
* inside avenue
* tanya's
* venfield
* 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!

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