Mirrors were used initially as handheld mirrors, adopted by the Celts from the Romans and by the end of the Middle Ages had become quite common throughout Europe. Full length mirrors did not become common until the first century A.D. and since then have been used as much, if not more so, as objects for decoration.
By the time of the Renaissance, Nürnberg and Venice had established outstanding reputations as centers of mirror production, and were most well-known for their quality. From the late 17th century onward, mirrors–and their frames–played an increasingly important part in the decoration of rooms. The early frames were usually of ivory, silver, ebony, or tortoiseshell or were veneered with marquetry of walnut, olive, and laburnum.
These days, you can spend a fortune on mirrors – or find great reproductions at a fraction of the price. But almost everyone has mirrors, and most times they are used more for decor purposes, than as a practical household item. More importantly, even novice and amateur designers know that the perfect placement of a mirror can make an otherwise small space look much more spacious.
I have quite a few decorative mirrors in my home already, but am still fascinated (and tempted) by unique shapes, styles and materials used in mirror creation today. Here are a few pretty cool mirrors from GILT.com today…
Rain boots. I don’t have ’em. I’ve ordered and tried on loads of rain boots… my calves are too big. (Don’t get me started on that annoying subject!)
So when Aigle rain boots popped up on Gilt.com this morning for $99, I was intrigued. I always look, but never buy. But I love how cute they are on people with skinny legs and who are taller than 5’3″ on a good day.
I probably won’t buy rain boots, but for those of you, who love them AND look good in them (grrrrrr…), this is a pretty FAB price for Aigles. I also won’t buy them because we’ve skipped the second half of winter and spring, and moved right into a sunny summer here.
They have them in virtually every color too. But these are a few of my faves…
Yesterday, it was over 70 degrees here in middle America. I actually used sunscreen on my face, and those of my kiddos, as well. I wore my sunglasses for bright sun, instead of for dreary gray. (It makes my eyes water almost more than sun does!)
But today, the temperature – a balmy 61 when I got up at 8 a.m. – is now 48. Winds and gray skies are ever present, and I’m feeling the need for another pair of sunglasses, without the heavy, tortoise frames and super black lenses.
These Chloé Aviator frames are so cool with their subtle, purple-hued lenses – perfect for blocking out the UV that bugs my eyes, not the sun. They also have unique and trés cool, lightweight frames perfect for a day like today.
Can I justify another pair of expensive sunglasses. Silly question, right?!
Waterworks Studio Subway Tile Shower Curtain, GILT.com $58
Subway tiles. Those of us, who live in early 20th century homes, are usually quite familiar with Subway tile. It got it’s name largely from its use in the New York City subway system. And while it fell out of style for a number of years, it’s become quite popular again – especially when homeowners are trying to maintain the old world charm and style of their older homes.
We remodeled with subway tile, almost three years ago in our main bath, and it has become one of my favorite projects. But if you aren’t in a position to install your own white subway tile, try this cute subway tile shower curtain instead.