Mirror Magic

Mirrors can be used for a lot of significant roles in the home. It is not vanity alone, mirrors make for great statement pieces and are a great decor accessory which can add flair to any room. There are tons of ways you can use mirrors to enhance your space, here are a few.

Create Illusion– Yup! Mirrors are a great way to create illusion of space or make a dark room seem brighter. Have an entire wall cladded with mirror if you have a small space and want to create illusion of space. To increase brightness, go in for a large decorative mirror on the wall opposite the light source. It will reflect the light and add brightness to the room.
Wall Art– If your budget does not allow you to invest in expensive art work, mirrors work as great statement pieces. Get a large mirror with an elaborate frame and place it above a console in the living room or hall. Another idea is to put mirrors of different sizes in different shaped frames on a wall in either of the two rooms. Another way, create an antiqued mirror wall and then hang smaller mirrors in various frames on the wall.
Dramatic Statement– Instead of hanging the mirror or mirrors on a wall, you can also place a large mirror with a carved frame on the floor. This is perfect for the Dining room and Living room. But be careful while angling the mirror so it shows only the best reflection in the room. If you really want to experiment you can also have the ceiling covered in mirrors or mirror mosaics. In the bathroom, why not have a dramtic mirror placed above the Bathtub instead of just the washbasin.
Out of the Box– Besides the wall mirrors can also be used as accessories. Create a tray out of an old mirror, or use mirror to clad old furniture, for instance the top of a coffee table or side table. Think convex mirrors in various sizes instead of usual flat ones to give the space an attractive appeal.
DIY Ideas– To give an old mirror a new lease to life, you can do some stencil work and paint a border around the mirror. Or wrap a ribbon around the frame. Another suggestion, stick small mirror pieces or shells on the frame.More ideas here

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Even though I am not superstitious, atleast no more than the average person, I still feel there is no harm in listening to what Feng Shui has got to say about the placement of mirrors. Since mirrors play a large part in Feng Shui “cure”. (Inputs courtesy http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com/feng-shui-mirror.html)

  • Choose clear, non-distorted mirrors (no ripples) and no mirror tiles.  Tiled mirrors break up energy and add confusion to the reflected image.
  • Clean your mirrors frequently to ensure a clear image.
  • Make sure that your mirrors reflect beautiful surroundings.   Position mirrors to pick up pleasing views of the outdoors whenever possible.
  • Place a Foyer Mirror to the side of the Front Door – never directly across from the Front Door. A mirror placed across from the Front Door represents strong repelling energy and can push anyone entering there right back out the door!
  • Place square & rectangle shapes for balance; Octagonal shapes for power; Circular shapes for unity.
  • Hang high enough to see your entire head; no chopped heads or  the viewer may be challenged with a negative self-image.
  • Place behind the Kitchen stove.  A mirror hung behind the stove top burners magnifies Wealth.
  • While working in the Kitchen, the cook should be in the Command Position, that is, able to see all entrances.  If the cook’s back is to a Kitchen door, hang a mirror over the cook’s workspace so that anyone coming through the door can be seen right away.
  • Use sparingly in the Bedroom for better sleeping; cover at night if the mirror is large or placed on your path to the bathroom.
  • Avoid hanging mirrors directly across from each other.
  • Hang above your desk or computer if your back is facing a door.
  • Decorative mirrors are most effective when placed in a positiion to capture the reflection of a beautiful scene or object.  With careful Bagua irror placement, you can enjoy a  lovely view twice – the actual image and its framed reflection

Dream Home: House in Boulogne,Paris by Sarah Lavoine

For ten years, Sarah Lavoine has developed unique interiors, filled with
warmth, energy, shadow and light.Her rooted Parisian taste – elegant, refined, rigorous and wanderlust –is her signature style. Sarah Lavoine is in constant dialogue with her rulesand references, redefining a new lifestyle à
la Française
. She suggests to her clients original ways of articulating
rooms and volumes, of magnifying natural light and making colour stand out. Here we have a gorgeous house done up by her in Boulogne Paris.
The presence of a glass roof on the ground floor, covering the entire facade of the house, sets the tone for this ambient house. Flooded with light and with view over the green of the trees, this former winter garden serves as a pretext to the layout of the two adjoining sitting rooms.The dining room and the kitchen, sheltered behind a glass frame, have naturally found their place behind this brand new room, and also benefit from the view of the garden.Reshaped through the creation of large openings, the rooms which were previously narrow now express a beautiful continuity with the exterior space.Less altered, the first floor is reserved for the parents, freeing up the space on the second floor exclusively for children. The roof space, up until now abandoned, is now a spare room, available for any passing friends.From top to bottom, the interior affords the house a very contemporary charm. On a white background, the shades of subtle greys, from slate to pearl, tame the natural light and accentuate the effect of depth. Mixing their forms and colours, the old furniture and the current rooms strive for affinity…with success.Without false modesty, but with the elegance of warmth and simplicity, this house achieves a gracious atmosphere.

The Sitting Room

Florence Starck standard lamps, ‘Caravane’ sofa,Paoloa Navone lamps,Morrocan rug

Adopting the angle of the glass wall, an ‘L’ shaped sofa, upholstered in slate-grey linen, defines the contours of the first sitting room. Having half the sofa with its back to the garden emphasizes the volumes of the room opening out onto the corner of the dining room. A palette of serene tones gives way to the lively brilliance and greenness of the garden. At the other end of the main room is a second sitting room. The dark grey walls and the one sofa in white linen create a more intimate, cosy space. Placed above the fireplace, modernised by a covering of plaster in purified outlines, a mirror plays with the depths of the room. Here and there are certain carefully chosen details, such as the photographs by Mona Kuhn or Florence Lopez’s lamp, which catch the eye.

Caravane Chambre 19’ white linen sofa with black braiding, ‘Ecorce’ paint by Sarah Lavoine, ‘Caravane’ rough metal coffe table, Made-to-measure bookcase, ‘Maison de Famille’ Hand blown glass lamp, Photographs Mona Khun (M+B Gallery, Los Angeles)

The Dining Room
A long, lacquered metal table and brand new chairs posed on a Moroccan rug…Nothing else is required for a dining room without sacrificing the need for space and light. On the walls is a collection of pages of old herbariums in a series, creating a picture of autumnal colours.

Black metal lacquered table, Chairs from Italian company STF, Moroccan fabric rug, ‘Caravane’ wall lights

The Kitchen

Stainless steel ventilator & sink, Bistro style table with central leg & lacquered table top, Black lava stone worktop on island, Dark oak worktop and shelves, Blue porcelain wallls

Simple in its outlines, the kitchen has been thought out like a practical toolkit, but nonetheless remains elegant and sober.Behind the central island, with its black lava stone worktop are pieces of Boffi furniture in dark stained oak, with brushed stainless steel tops.Previously an old workshop, the kitchen is arranged behind a glass frame. On either side of the old main wall is an eating corner or a kitchen made to be as discreet as possible.A high, comfortable ‘L’ shaped bench, a group of shelves, cookery books and some coloured glasses, and there you have it, the kitchen affords itself the appearance of a dining room.The use of colour here has redefined the spaces and updated the whole concept. The blue porcelain pushes back the walls of this small space. Materials in matching tones create a soft, feminine ambience.

 

The Attic
No space is wasted in the attic. It is a multifunctional room where one can isolate oneself. The matt black walls and the striped flooring give the sensation of enveloping comfort. Tucked away in the corner is a bed, creating a spare bedroom for passing friends.  With its shades of black, red and white, the attic resembles a box in which the colours overlap one another, creating a space which is both intimate yet light.

 

-‘Radis noir’, ‘Piment’ & ‘Jasmin’ paint by Sarah Lavoine,Photographs & wall lights by Sarah Lavoine for La Redoute, ‘Caravane’ sofa, Floor cushions in braided linen & portable lamp by Sarah Lavoine, Wooden and rough metal table by Sarah Lavoine for La Redoute.