I've lived in my apartment for a little over a month now and it seems there's still a lot of empty space. Take the empty wall above my sofa...I could easily run out and purchase a bunch of inexpensive prints to fill the wall but I'm not going to. I've decided to wait to find pieces that I am absolutely in love with rather than rush to fill my home with meaningless things. When I moved into my own apartment I made a wish list of items and since then I've been slowly saving and checking them off.
One of the first pieces I knew I needed to have was a Louis Philippe-style mirror - the simple lines, rounded corners and gilded finish really appeal to me. I purchased the one pictured above at a Leslie Hindman Market Place Auction last year. I got a little carried away when bidding but I know I will have this piece forever. In my last apartment it hung above a console table, now it's the starting point for a gallery wall above my sofa. This piece is so versatile I know it will always find a place in my home. Below are a few of my favorite ways designers have used Louis Philippe mirrors to liven up a space. Which one is your favorite?
Above the Sofa: Nate Berkus + Anne Coyle incorporated a Louis Philippe mirror into the gallery wall of this study. I wish I could buy everything in this room, especially the Michael Hainey bird painting!
Above the Sofa: Jodi Webb shared this gorgeous Louis Philippe mirror on her blog, Cote de Texas.
Above the Fireplace: A Louis Philippe mirror hung above the fireplace reflects the surrounding room.
In the Living Room: Laurann Claridge hung a Louis Philippe mirror over a 19th-century Biedermeier chest to create a beautiful tablescape.
In the Bedroom: Palmer Weiss paired a Louis Philippe mirror with a vintage chest of drawers and various silver picture frames.
In the Entry: A Louis Philippe mirror hung above a console table reflects light from a chandelier and makes the perfect place to take a quick peek before heading out.
In the Dining Room: A floor mirror layered over a wall of mirrors adds depth.