New Mirror for the Living Room

May 1, 2013

I've wanted to replace the mirror over my fireplace for a long time, but never really actively looked for a new one until recently. I'm excited to decorate my living room now that I have new sofas and I just couldn't wait any longer to get started. If you remember, I had this round black mirror.

It's not horrible by any means, but it never felt quite right. I do like the shape of it and knew I'd like another round mirror. Another problem with this room is that it's starting to feel a little too Pottery Barn-ish. I love Pottery Barn, but I don't want my living room to feel like I bought everything off the showroom floor. I was in my local store recently and was floored when I saw a display similar to this one.

Alternate View

They must read my blog. ;) Just kidding. The funny thing is I almost bought some blue glass spheres the other day at Pier1 just like the one in this picture.

I immediately went home and dug out an old pillow cover in a sea green that was not from Pottery Barn and started thinking of ways I could inject a little transitional style into my room. I started looking for a new mirror. Do you know how expensive mirrors have gotten?! It took me a few weeks of some major browsing, but I finally found one that was under $100 at Garden Ridge. It was the last place I thought of and was pleasantly surprised at their selection. Here it is!

I didn't have the heart to move Mario off the sofa. I'm also playing around with accessories. I don't love the hurricanes there, but they look the best out of what I have on-hand right now. I think I want to keep my mantel simple with just two vases since I have the bookcase with lots of stuff in it right next to the fireplace. I moved the mercury glass candlesticks and I do love the way they look on the black coffee table (just like PB's, sigh).

There are a few other changes I'd like to make. Even though I absolultely love the window trim and wouldn't want to cover it up, I feel like some curtains in the corners would soften up the room. I immediately thought of this fabric.

Isn't it pretty? Well, after pricing it out I'm now looking for the knock-off version. I'm sure I'll find something similar to give me the look I'm after. For a while, I thought I'd never find a mirror for under $100 that didn't look like it was under $100. It does take longer to finish a room on a budget, but it's possible with a little patience!

*Updated Photo*


  1. I love it and think it softens the room up a bit. I think end panels on the windows would look great too! Can't wait to see your mantle when your all done, I know you'll work your magic on it!

  2. It looks great – so much like the inspiration photo. And Mario s too adorable to ever move!

  3. Oh, my goodness... I love this room! Your updated mirror is perfect for your mantle space. And the material... perfect!!!Maybe the fabric will go on sale. Sometimes it is just worth getting what you love! Wonderful room!

  4. Hey Jennifer, the new mirror is beautiful too! I've always loved your family room, with the new changes it's looking even better. I noticed your new profile picture, pretty!

  5. Love the new mirror, especially for spring/summer. It reads a bit more light and airy. I have a pillow in that same trellis fabric, and side panels would be gorgeous in your living room. It always takes so much time to finish decorating a room (and then it's usually time to start all over!).

  6. I LOVE that mirrror! Great deal on it too! Mario looks so sweet on the sofa, I love that picture. :) It's looking so good in your living room. Love that fabric pattern you picked out too for curtains.

  7. Can you please tell me the paint colors you have used in your home?