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Before and After: A Mirrored Makeover

Apartment Therapy co-founder, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, recently wrote about a new addition to his dining room that really impressed me with its simplicity. He had a Room & Board Infinity Mirror custom ordered a bit larger than the width of his dining room table. He hung the mirror beside the table and below it, a handsome clock, a little off-kilter. Since it's Small Changes month, I wanted to highlight this simple but effective update, and encourage you to consider it for your home. He wrote that mirrors, "add sparkle, liveliness and a sense of enlarged space in as much time as it takes to hang a photograph," and I whole-heartedly agree. If you didn't catch it, I recently wrote a How-To on opening up a space with mirrors, which gives some tips on this topic, as well as some product suggestions if you'd like to pick up a mirror for yourself. To see what Maxwell's wall room looks like after this small change,


Impressive, right? I'm a little disappointed because I was hoping to see those beautiful blossom branches reflected in the new mirror, but the small lamp does look fabulous. I love how the sparkle of the rectangular mirror works with his country cottage style chairs and round table. And how 'bout that wine rack, huh? Be sure to check out his post for some tips on achieving this mirror DIY in your home.

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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
I am all about the wine rack.
sinisterpotato sinisterpotato 9 years
I think I would have made the mirror much larger so as to highlight it, instead of making it look like there's a flat-screen tv in your dining room.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love mirrors for expanding a room.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I'm not too excited over this small change.
Nickey Nickey 9 years
I like the wine rack, but that's about it for me.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I ♥ mirrors :)
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh, and I agree with RosaDilia, that wall clock has got to go.
emalove emalove 9 years
So much better! And I'm loving that wine rack...
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Not quite impressed. I would remove the clock it makes it feel like the small cafeteria at work. Since it's a small area I would've hung a larger mirror to give the impression of a larger space, replace the wall lamp with a low ceiling lamp and definitely bring back the branches to reflect the cottage style feel of the chairs.
saranightly saranightly 9 years
I like that wine rack a lot.... but my wine rack holds 6 bottles and I can't even keep that full! haha :)
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