Mirror Mirror on the Bathroom Wall

Bathrooms need mirrors. People need mirrors. I’ve collected images of mirrors that caught my attention for awhile. Today I gather mirrored inspiration here in one place. I suspect this collection will show a pattern in what attracted me …

The following mirrors can be purchased at Anthropologie’s website:

All these mirrors are completely unlike anything anywhere in my Chicago home. No scrolly pieces. Things are tailored here. Straight lines. Here is a shot of mirrors in one of our bathrooms:

And the fact that we can do something completely different in the Chennai apartment is one of the appeals of the mirrors above that have been catching my eye. Clearly I’m liking ornamentation and light antique metal or weathered woods. Even the mirrors with color or darker wood, I see them reworked with antique pewter paint.

Balcony Enclosure

Speaking of the “ugly photos coming soon” message posted earlier today — and the process of turning unfinished space into something glorious — while blog surfing earlier today I found this photo which gave me an idea:

Our India apartment has two balconies. One is a larger balcony with room to sit outdoors. (The whole building also has two generous outdoor terraces accessible to residents, each 1200 square feet.) But the other balcony has a depth of only 18 inches:

We were planning to install French doors here anyway, and I imagined swinging them open and letting sheer curtains billow in the breeze. It’s a 10-foot wide opening so there would be two sets of substantial doors. But then again, I am from the Windy City where I hear wind blowing around our house as I sit here now. Perhaps my dreams aren’t so realistic for a place in Chennai. The effect may be more like receiving a humid furnace blast in the face much of the year.

But, what if this balcony were enclosed with windows and architectural trim, as the photo above? This would bump out the interior space a bit too, and would eliminate the issue of French doors gobbling up otherwise usable space. We’ll have to check on the restrictions and the effect on the exterior. It’s an idea to consider any time you can take advantage of it, because even a small amount of floorspace can make a difference when you think of the cubic space added. It’s not that we really need the space. The apartment has a very open and spacious floorplan. Mostly, I like unique nooks and cubbies of the kind that Sarah Susanka advocates.

Relics On Stilts

My husband brought a piece of carved wood to Chicago from the Chennai store where he found our apartment’s front door. It’s carved with a lotus shape and has faint traces of deep pink paint on it. I plan to add a black stand to it, like the pieces below. There’s something about this that emphasizes a piece, gives it extra posture. It’s like adding jewelry to an outfit. Or, great shoes … Here’s inspiration from various websites:

18th century wood horse on stand at 1stdibs.com

Wood horse on stand at Gump’s.

But wood horse heads aren’t the only things to put on stands, oh no, not by a long shot. You can do this with many things:

I really don’t want to say what these are because they’re part of a real animal. But they’re antique so the animal is long gone. I wish they were clay sculptures instead. Shown at Andrianna Shamaris website.

An ox cart wheel on a stand at Wisteria.com.

A more rustic wheel on a stand from Urban Home.

Temple sculpture at Gump’s

Stone carving from John Robshaw

Toraja panels at Andrianna Shamaris

Tribal necklaces at Andrianna Shamaris (I am really liking the style at that site)

Appears to be carved wood element, from alhambraantiques.com

Natural root sculpture, from alhambraantiques.com

Teak sphere on stand from www.weylandts.co.za

Butter churner from CB2.com

Notice the commonalities across all: natural materials, natural colors, organic shapes.

We have some decorative elements on stands around our home, but someone stole our camera and iPhone pics don’t do justice. We’ll likely get a new camera during holiday sales next weekend and I’ll post our pieces here later.

Dancing with Lantern Shadows

Many of  these are Moroccan inspired, delivering sparkly shapes in the shadows. At least one lantern such as these will be hanging in our Chennai apartment when it’s ready for accessories and atmosphere. I haven’t been good about tracking where these are from; I’ve been keeping these images in a lantern inspiration folder:

Now that’s nice. But let’s ramp up the dancing shadow effect a bit more:

More, more, more! Let’s see even more shadows:

Here are a variety of lanterns that could create this effect:

From Viva Terra catalog.

From Williams Sonoma Home catalog.

I don’t know where these are from. They would be perfect on the garden terraces!

From Pottery Barn.

Handmade Nicaraguan lanterns from nicanelly.com.

It’s certain that somewhere in the place, I will be hanging a set of three lanterns, so we can spend evenings under stars dancing on the ceilings, walls and floors!