My French Revolution: French Provincial vs Louis XVI

As a little girl my room was all decked out in French Provincial furniture and décor elements and I never appreciated it for the beauty that they were. I wanted bright colors and wild patterns. By the time I was 13, my matchy-matchy bureau and desk were overpowered by an electric blue comforter with fluorescent leaves of pink, green and yellow and a shag pink rug (that had been in the house since the eighties). The eighties passed and somewhere in the 2000s I grew up and my tastes subdued – somewhat – and I’ve traded in my child-like love of neon bright furnsihings for a little more grown up taste of glitz and glamour by pairing jewel toned colors with ornate gold accessories. I still have my French Provincial set and have come to love and really appreciate its beauty; but being true to the “electric fluorescent” within me, I love to mix different colors and styles with the matchy-matchy furnishings that exist within my apartment.

My favorite details are those that were expressed in Europe in the 1800s that showcased beautiful patterns of damask, toile in rich materials like satin, brocade and velvet. The furniture they sat in looked so elegant and refined; in creams and muted blues and greens that were made to look even more stunning by the sparkle of floor to ceiling mirrors with the most ornate scrolling details in gold that curved around the edges of an ivory mirror. I do the best to make my apartment mirror the gorgeous styles of yesteryear while maintaining all the modern necessities and conveniences of today. I’ve hung rich plum purple curtains from my ceiling to section off my apartment’s closet/office from the living room/bed area. I love the juxtaposition of the curvaceous lines of my Louis XV end table and Queen Anne Victorian side chair mixed with the fluted legs of my Louis XVI style sofa.  And I’ve hung several ornate gold mirrors throughout my apartment to reflect the light and to trick the eye into thinking the rooms are larger.
One of my mirrors could easily have been part of my original French Provincial set, with its gold on ivory colors, curvaceous bottom legs and fluted decorative railing on top; but in the spirit of mixing (rather than matching), I really want to transform this mirror into a more ornate Louis XVI inspired find like those pictured below. How would you do it? Is it even possible? What ideas do you have that I could add or take away from the current construction of this mirror to make to more fitting with my décor?

Check out the Louis XVI inspired home décor goods in my Etsy store. From Mirrors to clocks, wallpaper, fabric and more. Do you have a favorite decorating style? Are you drawn to any particular artifacts when you’re out treasure hunting? Share it with me here. 
Happy decorating and happy thrifting!

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…Who’s Got the Most Fabulous Mirror of All?

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who doesn’t remember this classic Disney catchphrase in which the Evil Queen vowed to steal the youth and beauty of Snow White? Well, what more perfect day than Halloween to recreate your very own Evil Queen moment? With one of these stunning mirrors, you just might find yourself gazing into your reflection just a little longer…
These mirrors are a mid-century classic with their gold and ornate detailing of flowers, columnar posts, fleur de lis elements. They are just the kind of thing you would see hanging on the wall in an old Greta Garbo movie. This is just one of many accessories in the interior decorating style called Hollywood Regency that has been shown in the designs of every home show and magazine of late. Lavish and very intricately detailed, these beauties were made by Syroco, Inc. of Syracuse, New York in 1965. They melded a plastic, painted gold compound into beautiful shapes and designs to create the beautiful, ornate, floral and columnar look you see above.  These fabulous mirrors are works of art in and of themselves. They are back in fashion and definitely here to stay.
Don’t these lovelies remind you of Snow White? Just don’t eat the apple….Happy Halloween!
To buy one or both of these gorgeous mirrors, please check out my list of Ebay items for sale. I have three Syroco mirrors in total (right now). Two of the “Mirror Mirror” ones above and another Octagon with ornate shell and scroll design. I just love them. I think they are so beautiful and I hope you do too.
Let me know in the comments section what you think of the mirrors, my blog or my Ebay Items for sale.  I have many other vintage, antique and various home decorating products to fit any design scheme, from French Provincial to Hollywood Regency and more!
**Check back to my blog frequently. Soon, I hope to have all my items on a page listed for sale and available to buy through Paypal. For now, please check my Ebay Items for sale – I update almost daily and am always scouring local haunts for the best vintage goods!