First, a disclaimer: There was an article in the NYTimes a few weeks ago about bloggers in poor health, In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop, and let me be the first to say it is absolutely true. While I actually can't complain of really poor health like Michael Arrington (30+ pounds and looking like crap), I have never worked later and started earlier than in the past year, and take-out from next door never looked so good... Which is all to say that that reason that this email is coming to you at midnight is not because I was lounging poolside at SoHo House all day, but rather because between blogging, meetings and our monthly Meetup tonight there just isn't enough time in the day. I sooooo want to send this before noon.
Second, a confession: I love doing household projects and writing about them. So even though we should all be in bed, doing this right now is a pure luxury for me.
Moving right along....
Last weekend, I hung the mirror that I had ordered (custom) from Room & Board. Without wanting to turn into an infomercial for R&B, I love their Infinity Mirrors and they only recently started making them to order. This is a great thing, because stock dimensions generally don't fit the bill, and I wanted something horizontal and wide that would accentuate the dining room and bounce a lot of light back into the room (I actually think going an extra 6 inches wider would have been even better).
Following is a slideshow of the hanging.
Note a few of the tips:
- A horizontal mirror adds dramatic gesture and accentuates the horizontal movement of the dining table.
- Mirrors expand small rooms and allow the light to double its presence.
- Mirrors in seating arrangements should be in relation to your line of sight while sitting - not standing! (47" on center is a good rule of thumb).
- Toothpaste is the poor man's spackle and can help repair small holes.
The final takeaway? I always like to hang mirrors in dining areas and most of the nicest restaurants I've been in seem to agree. They add sparkle, liveliness and a sense of enlarged space in as much time as it takes to hang a photograph.
Do good work,