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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Who's the Illusionist of them all?

When it comes to interior decorating, mirrors are hardly ever sitting out on the couch, they always bring their own seat to the table (cues Solange Knowles). In fact, when I look at a space, home or office, I instantly identify the perfect wall for the perfect mirror. That's because the placement of a mirror can make or break whatever flow you're trying to create. Mirrors gives the illusion that a space is much bigger than what it appears to be. Mirrors can be stylish, subtle, sleek, sparkly, or sexy (5 s'). Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and all textures. Plus, who doesn't want to sneak in a quick selfie upon walking by a mirror? I see you, sis!

I love adding mirrors to different parts of my home. Most that know me personally, know that I have a giant mirror right in front of the stairs which makes my family room feel a lot larger than it actually is. Should I ever need advice on which shoes to wear, I go straight to my mirror and model the different options. In a way, the mirror implicitly provides its feedback, giving me the reassurance I need to complete the look. I have another mirror above the bar in the dining room area, a mirror above our master bedroom ottoman and a mirror in my toddler's room right under her industrial 'I' block. I love mirrors so much, that for my wedding, I added a vinyl-scripted mirror to the walkway that lead my guests to their seat, which read "Bienvenidos to the Hartsfield Wedding". As of today, the wedding mirror is hanging on a small indention of a hallway wall across one of the coat closets.

Mirrors deceive the eye by making your space appear bigger than it is and in turn, it exposes the potential in particular areas that otherwise would be dull and lackluster. So when it comes to mirror, don't shy away from filling your home with great mirror pieces. Creating a mirror wall with family photos is a great way to make your home feel cozy and at the same time, spacious!

Mirror above bar area

Homework time!

When adding a mirror, you can:

  • Sit it on the floor, leaning against a wall

  • Place it on a mirror easel (to avoid putting holes in your wall) & prop in an empty corner

  • Hang 1, 2 or 3 up (depending on wall size) above an accent table or sitting area

Then once you've placed your mirror where ever you see fit, leave it there for a few days. After a few days have passed, I want you to move the mirror (to a closet or an empty room), move it somewhere other than the area it was originally positioned. Then I want you to walk by the mirror-less area a few times. I can bet you a... mirror! that the space will not feel the same once the mirror is no longer there. You'll be reflecting back on it, get it? hehehe :)

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Hashtag #IvyleafInteriorDecorMirrorChallenge and let me see how you incorporate mirrors throughout your home. I'll be checking!

- Jeannelly Jay

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