Tuesday, September 7, 2010

mirror mirror on the wall ...

.... who's the fairest of us all?

I am very excited because we are now past the dreaming stage and in the 'real' planning stage for our bathroom makeovers! It's time to get quotes and start booking in contractors! Yay!!!

In case you have just joined me, part of Stage 2 of our renovation requires an ensuite to be created out of an old walk-in-robe, and the main family bathroom to be completely restyled with new ... well, everything! True to form, when I should be concentrating on where the bath/vanities/showers etc will actually go, I am looking at all the 'fluffy' finishing products!

It all started when I was flicking through a back issue (August 2010) of Home Beautiful the other day, and came across Georgie and Sean's Melbourne home. Georgie has placed a lattice-framed mirror over her vanity, its strong lines really draw the eye - "I find plain fixed glass in bathrooms can lack soul" - "I prefer to hang ornate mirrors to create a softer look ..." she says.

home beautiful
(please excuse the grainy quality of the image
as I photographed it directly from the mag)

This got me thinking ... she is right .... it also follows my philosophy that every room should have at least one statement piece or at least one 'wow' feature. This of coarse started me on a trail of obsessive mirror gazing, article clipping and internet hopping!
Some samples of which are below.

love how 'moody' this bathroom looks - and the white mirror against the black - stunning!

simple, yet decorative ...

hello yellow - a little too much stripe for me - but the mirror looks fab!

okay, yes I now realise I have a thing for black and white ...

striking round mirrors ...


forget the gorgeous mirror - wish I had this space ....

So, what do you think? Do you have a decorative mirror in your bathroom - if so where did you get it? I've seen quite a few old mirrors lately at places like the W.A.C which may look great with a little spray paint too! Should I go for it, or stick to plain mirrors for resale value?

Thanks, I love receiving all your comments and suggestions. Michelle


  1. I love all of these Michelle. Obviously, I like me a bit of detail in my mirror too (we seem to have synchronised mirror posts todat!), and that one from Home Beautiful looks beautiful. My mirror in our main bathroom is plain, but I'm sorry I didn't add a frame of some sort - which I might just do. Can't wait to see what you do with your renovations - how exciting!

  2. How exciting to be planning a renovation ... and definitely skip to the important bits.

    No mirror suggestions, from me, unfortunately.

    It's wonderful that you can begin to narrow down your preferences though ... that'll make it a lot easier when it comes time to purchase.

    Keep us posted!

  3. Love the decorative mirrors so I say go for it. My tip for a new bathroom is get taps that come out from the wall so you don't get the water build up around the taps on the sink etc... Especially in kids bathrooms. Have fun planning and shopping! ;-)

  4. No, no, no - go for different, interesting mirrors! I agree with you that they really make a statement and can zhush up the clinical lines of modern bathrooms. Good luck!

  5. I know what you mean about plain glass mirrors lacking soul....I think a statement mirror is a fabulous idea in a bathroom. Can't wait to see what you find.

  6. Im with you, theres nothing like adding a little glamour to the bathroom. Love all of your inspiration pics. Happy mirror hunting!!

  7. I L-O-V-E all the different types of mirrors!!
    (I must admit I am in love with the yellow striped bathroom-I want to so something like that to my loo!!))
    Can't wait to see what the finished product looks like! :)
    Have a beautiful day!
    bathrooms, mirrors and yellow stripes,

  8. Hi michelle, I love feature mirrors in bathrooms; i wouldnt worry about the re-selling thing, as long as its a space that you love. Wish I could renovate my walk in robe and teensy en-suite!!!
    Have a great day,
    Laura xxx

  9. How fun! I went to a glass shop in east Brisbane...think it is called Brisbane glass and leadlight? It is located the street before the garden centre in east Brisbane, just off Stanley st east, heading inbound....I went for louvres....can never seem to have them all intact, thanks to cricket balls. but what I wanted to say was I thought they had some very modern retro inspired mirrors that had huge wow for very reasonable prices and they were very friendly...not sure if they custom make etc, but I thought of them whilst reading your post, cheers Katherine.

  10. Congrats Michelle!! Can't wait to see what it'll look like!! Love your mirror round up so pretty! It's all the style of mirror that I've been looking for my bathroom as well! Love the striking round mirror! So pretty!


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