November 21, 2011

Bargain Hunting: Statement-Making Mirror

Did you know that bargain hunting is one of my superpowers? When it comes to decorating our place, I relentlessly search for the best deal until the cows come home. That is exactly what I did when I got it into my head that we really need a round, statement-making mirror in our living room.

You see, a long time ago, I fell in love with West Elm rolling cubic shelving. I thought that the 3x2 version in dark brown would look great in our living room, while providing us with valuable storage. But I couldn't bring myself to shell out four hundred bucks for it. I scoured Craigslist like it was my job, and my efforts eventually paid off. We found the exact shelving we wanted for only seventy dollars. The cubic shelving provided great space for displaying little knick-knacks and pretty books. But our living room was beginning to look very angular. Most of the furniture in the room has right angles, and I thought that putting something round above the shelving would be a great way to soften the edges a bit.

Browsing various decor blogs, I pinned statement-making mirrors like this:

From Haute Look (flash sale site)

and this:

Found on YoungHouseLove

I loved everything about these mirrors except their price tag - most options I found were upward of $200. But here is my favorite bargain hunting tip: lots of high-end looking items end up being sold at Home Goods for ridiculously cheap prices. The tricky thing about Home Goods is that their inventory keeps changing on a daily basis, so if you find something you love, you have to buy it right away, or it may disappear (you can always return it later). So imagine how happy I was when I discovered this beauty for mere $25:

There it is, hanging above our cubic shelving. (By the way, that lamp was also found at Home Goods. I practically live at that store.) And here is the full view of that side of the living room:

Together with the green mid-century chair (found on Craigslist, of course), we created a reading nook in that corner of the room. It's not quite finished yet, as I would like to hang some art above the chair, but the mirror is already doing a great job of filling in some of the empty space on the wall and softening an otherwise very angular setup.


  1. I am also in love with cubic shelves ever since I first saw them a while ago. and funny enough (there you go with the synchronicity again) I have a post coming on exactly that subject. I love how you can show boxes or toys and books and binders and whatev.
    Your mirror looks really good and I love the green chair, more so because it is kind of an antique !

  2. Thanks Amanda! I can't wait to read your post on this subject.

    I think the green chair is legitimately antique (or vintage? I can never remember the difference between the two) - it's an original from the middle of last century, complete with the manufacturer's logo and everything.

  3. Wow cool, definitely it is an antique, though I do not know the terms. But since you said middle of the century I thought the 1950's . In any case I think it is very special. And Last century means 1800's or 1900's?

  4. Yup, I meant 1950's, like Mad Men era! That counts as last century, right?