Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

Ambella Home Voranado tableLast week, as the latest in our series of client decor spotlights, I showed you photos of Nellie V.’s home in San Diego, CA, with the Ambella Home mirrored accent table that she bought from us. Looking at the pictures of this elegant and dramatic table made me want to write more about the mirrored furniture trend!

Often you’ll see mirrored furniture in a Hollywood Regency style room, evoking Hollywood’s glamorous golden era of the 1920s and 1930s. Shiny finishes, including lacquer, gilding and (yes!) mirrors are typical of the luxurious Hollywood Regency look.

Currey Mirrored ConsoleFor example, this new Currey & Co mirrored console table features a traditional Greek key pattern on the legs, but the streamlined geometry also reminds me of Art Deco. The wrought iron table has a gleaming silver leaf and antique mirror finish and the simple lines let the shine do the talking!

Why decorate with mirrored furniture? Well, a room full of mirrored pieces would be too much dazzle (Hello, Liberace!) but a single accent piece creates a stunning focal point.

antiqued mirrored credenzaThe mirror also adds light to the room, or makes the most of every speck of light that you have. In daylight, it makes the room look brighter. If you enjoy candlelight, then the mirroring will reflect the warm glow for a romantic atmosphere. This Currey & Co credenza boasts antiqued mirroring on the doors – perfect with the faded walnut and gold highlights.

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirrored A piece of mirrored furniture also creates the illusion of more space as it reflects the room back to you. If carefully placed, it can conjure up quite a magical effect! A mirrored chest of drawers against a wall makes a small room look bigger as it tricks the eye into thinking that the floor extends further than it does. The Morrocan style of this Ambella Home mirrored chest of drawers proves the point and also shows that mirrored furniture doesn’t have to be a Bling Fest!

Currey Kramer Drinks TableFor another subtle mirrored accent, this Kramer drinks table by Currey & Co combines modernity with classical symmetry. The antiqued mirror top sits sleekly on the warm bronze gold finished tapered pedestal.

As a general tip, I’ve talked before about the research on the value of buying better quality furniture. When you’re buying mirrored pieces it’s even more important to buy high quality furniture. Solid pieces with a decent weight and high-quality mirrored detail creates a look of luxe. But a mirrored accent piece that is cheap, tinny, and poorly made can appear more garish than glitzy.

Finally, this Solana mirrored bed made by Hooker Furniture shows that mirrored accents can really work with any style. The refined rustic bed features a decorative mirrored panel headboard with curvy, almost Art Nouveau detail. It would be the focal point of any bedroom.

Solana mirrored bed by Hooker Furniture Have you taken a shine to mirrored furniture? Tell us about it here on this blog or on our Facebook page!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Antiques and Emmy Awards

With the Academy Awards show right around the corner on February 24, I thought you might enjoy a glimpse into the home of our client Gil, who has won five Emmy Awards in his career.

Beautiful kiva style fireplace with Emmy Awards on display.

Gil lives in a beautiful, southwest style home in Pueblo, Colorado. He displays his Emmy Awards on a kiva style fireplace. As you can see, Gil is an expert at mixing and matching styles. Looking carefully, you’ll see how he combines Asian accessories with fine French antiques, like the chairs we sold him for his dining set.

An eclectic dining set created from an antique table and unmatched French antique dining chairs -- EuroLux Antiques

Gil had married a pair of antique dining chairs to his rather petite table, but seating for two does not a dinner party make. On the hunt for chairs to match his existing ones, he came across a set of chairs in our eBay store. The problem was Gil didn’t need a whole set of chairs. He just needed a pair. What Gil didn’t know was his problem was ‘no problem’ to us! We didn’t mind breaking up the chair set. Customer service is always our goal.

In an email, he wrote, “You didn’t have to break up a set for me. To you, I was nobody—a total stranger. But you put on your thinking cap (like a true businessperson) and came up with a win/win solution. I now feel like you are my true friend; at least that is how you have treated me.”

Just for the record, to us no one is a “nobody”! We like to make friends with all of our clients, and we’re thrilled Gil now counts us among his friends.

As you can see in the photo above, the French antique side chairs Gil purchased from us have chocolate brown leather and curved stretchers, in contrast to his existing chairs with near-black leather and highly turned legs. Nonetheless, this combination makes for a lovely, eclectic dining set that can truly be called “one of a kind.”

“In the end, even though these chairs do not exactly match my existing pair, (nor the table, for that matter) I think the mixture of similar styles will be appropriate, and can’t imagine anyone looking with criticism toward my little dining set,” Gil said. “Now I can finally have people over for dinner!”

Partially retired from his Hollywood career, Gil enjoys making art pottery these days, such as this lovely birdbath, which you can view at his Fotki gallery.

Amazing ceramic birdbath!

Given the view from Gil’s home, Colorado prairie stretching to distant mountains (see below), I can well imagine where he gets his inspiration for creating such magnificent ceramics!

Beautiful prairie view






I feel honored to know someone who’s won an Emmy Award! With his Hollywood makeup career and pottery making endeavors, Gil truly is a Renaissance man. And in case you’re wondering, he says his favorite director to work with is John Woo. “[I worked with him] on a movie called Face/Off, with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage,” Gil said. “Mr. Woo was so calm, so prepared, so—everything.”

All I can say is, EuroLux is happy to have “played a part” in putting together the “set” for Gil’s future dinner parties! (I know, I know: too many puns.)

Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!