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(Photo of Harriet Maxwell Macdonald's New York Loft Apartment)
Photo of Harriet Maxwell Macdonald's New York Loft Apartment

Through the Looking Glass


I haven't found many things that bring a sense of magic into a space as easily and elegantly as an antique mirror can. The light and images they reflect back are soft and dreamlike and add a hint of mystery. From traditional to modern styles, there are a million inspiring ways to use this material! Here are a few examples:

 
Bathroom by Bill Sofield
Antique mirrors are a great solution for giving your home a sense of history without losing its freshness. This bathroom by Bill Solfield beautifully illustrates that point. He used antique mirror tiles hung vertically on the walls for a look that's both as modern as it is timeless. Had he used standard mirror glass tiles it would have shown every fingerprint and watermark making it high maintenance and a chore to clean.
Dining Room by Drew McGukin Interiors
I love the way designer Drew McGukin uses antique mirrors in the spaces he creates. Here he balances out an awkwardly placed window while reflecting light and expanding the space. I'm also loving how the geometric sections of the mirror mimic the lines on the Apparatus chandelier. 
Bedroom by Drew McGukin Interiors
Here Drew's use of mirrors again reflects the sunlight from the french doors and give depth to an otherwise flat wall. Playing with mirrors of different sizes but keeping them the same width and finish keeps it a strong composition. 
'The mirror no longer embodies the "discovery" of Narcissus or the "peculiarity" of Alice. The mirror is much more "faithful" and much less "magical". It is the "antique" mirror that retains the appealing and subtlety hypnotic magic, with it's profound, uncertain, fascinating and slightly mysterious image. The face we see is still our own, in it's essence, but the image seems to be filtered by time, by a past that is part of our image. As if the depths of the mirror can retain our past aces together with slightly mysterious memories.'
                                                                   -Antique Mirror Siena Tuscany   
Some of my favorite antique mirror pieces below:
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