Mirror DIY: How To Add Pop! to Your Dining Room

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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).

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Following is a slideshow of the hanging.

>> Enter Slideshow

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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.

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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,

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>> Infinity Mirror at R&B

>> Slideshow again

 

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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