As some of you may know, I do love mirrors. But it's not simply because of their reflective surfaces. Certainly a strategically placed mirror can open up a space or add drama, but I also love all the shapes, sizes, frames and other details! They are, quite frankly, an endless source of creativity for us here.
Mirrors are one of my very favorite things to shop for, and I am almost always surprised by new and exciting choices. Both old and new mirrors can be simply stunning, and I must admit my heart begins to race a bit when a client and I round a corner and see something we've never seen before. And trust me when I tell you I make quick work of a purchase if I see something I know is inspired and rare. As you know, I do love the treasure hunt...and with mirrors it's extra special.
Another fascinating thing about mirrors is their close collaboration with sculpture. I have seen gorgeous displays of the human imagination wrapped around a mirror. And when it all comes together seamlessly and in a beautiful and elegant way, then in my book it's an Objet Petit A extraordinaire!
OK, let's just agree to agree that some of the modern interpretations on the mirror are pretty special. Gold, silver, plaster, carved wood, lacquer, creative metal work or an innovative mix thereof? Fabulous. And I love to place just such an inspired object in the perfect spot so that it is interesting from any angle.
By about now you know that mirrors are quite flexible in their use. And trust me a mirror is not simply a thing to look at oneself one last time before leaving home anymore. Mirrors may now be used as focal points and art objects over fireplaces, in dining rooms, as wonderful decorative elements in your most formal or casual rooms. And they always add a punch of wow factor.
Quite frankly, I can't think of anyone in my career who hasn't loved mirrors. And mirrors have a place front and center in very fine interior design. Personally, I believe they'll always be highly collectible for the long term, and infinitely lovely to live with in the interim. And whether old or new, shiny or with a patina from a life well-lived, I will always be on the lookout for that next "oh my!" moment when I see a lovely mirror just waiting for me to find it.
Laura Lee Clark