Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Find: Flea Market Reflections

With the fall flea markets quickly approaching, it's an appropriate time to share a post from the past reflecting on a familiar find -- mirrors.

Every time I stop by one of my favorite thrift stores or have the opportunity to visit a bustling flea market, I'm always amazed at the variety and the quality of mirrors that always seem plentiful. As I discuss in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, the reflective qualities that mirrors hold make them prime candidates for showing off in grouped collections, or singly, either mounted on or leaned against a wall.

Mirrors are excellent for glorifying areas of interest in a room and visually expanding the space. However, if you set them in front of unsavory areas -- say an unappealing toilet, a crusty appliance or even a messy work area -- the ugly appears in double!

Mirrors can help a dark room seem brighter when it bounces sunshine or existing light around the room. They can also help a small room appear larger by expanding a clean plane for an endless illusion. Again, be careful when placing a mirror across from a cluttered area, since all the stuff piled everywhere will be reflected twice, thereby making your space look smaller and claustrophobic.

And should you find a gorgeous mirror in a frame that's not your style, try painting it. As simple as it sounds, a fresh coat of white or black paint can breathe new spirit into a piece you barely gave a second glance.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I'm a huge fan of mirrors, particularly round ones and convex ones. I need one more to make a gallery in my living room. I loooove the one in your pic, it is perfect!

  2. I love it, too. I should have bought it when I found it, but I did, at least, get a picture!



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