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Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis and followed my apartment renovation knows that I love to use mirrors to bring in light and to add interest to a space.  The proof is in the many places I have installed mirrors throughout the apartment.

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The mirror that started it all.  I worked with Desiron (desiron.com) to create this custom Klar floor mirror that I had mounted on the wall outside my closet.   I loved it so much that I decided to have more made for other areas in the apartment.  You can see my blue painter's tape outline in the background for the one I wanted above by my desk.

1 The mirror that started it all. I worked with Desiron (desiron.com) to create this custom Klar floor mirror that I had mounted on the wall outside my closet. I loved it so much that I decided to have more made for other areas in the apartment. You can see my blue painter's tape outline in the background for the one I wanted above by my desk.

Inside the closet, in the corners on each side, I had Junior from Narcissus Mirror and Glass install strips of mirror to open up the space and give the feeling that it goes on forever.

2 Inside the closet, in the corners on each side, I had Junior from Narcissus Mirror and Glass install strips of mirror to open up the space and give the feeling that it goes on forever.

I also mirrored the back of the lowest shelves on each side of the closet.  They bring so much extra light to the space.

3 I also mirrored the back of the lowest shelves on each side of the closet. They bring so much extra light to the space.

Another custom size Klar floor mirror from Desiron in my dining room.  Just beautiful.

4 Another custom size Klar floor mirror from Desiron in my dining room. Just beautiful.

The finished product.  What was once a tape outline is now a reality.  I love how it reflects the river outside.

5 The finished product. What was once a tape outline is now a reality. I love how it reflects the river outside.

I did a series of custom Klar floor mirrors above and below the wall mounted cabinet in my living room.

6 I did a series of custom Klar floor mirrors above and below the wall mounted cabinet in my living room.

The mirrors in this tear sheet, space designed by Karl Lagerfeld and shot by Francois Baudot, were my inspiration for the living room mirrors.

7 The mirrors in this tear sheet, space designed by Karl Lagerfeld and shot by Francois Baudot, were my inspiration for the living room mirrors.

In my powder room, I decided to remove the standard, installed medicine cabinet and replace it will a floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink.

8 In my powder room, I decided to remove the standard, installed medicine cabinet and replace it will a floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink.

In my main bathroom, mirror installed under the sink and below the shelf helps to brighten up the space and dark floor.

9 In my main bathroom, mirror installed under the sink and below the shelf helps to brighten up the space and dark floor.

Another great trick is to back the inside of a medicine cabinet with mirror.  It's an easy project with a big impact.

10 Another great trick is to back the inside of a medicine cabinet with mirror. It's an easy project with a big impact.

I did the same in my bath supply cabinet.

11 I did the same in my bath supply cabinet.

Even utilitarian spaces can benefit from mirror.  The dark closet where my washer and dryer are located is now a bright workspace.

12 Even utilitarian spaces can benefit from mirror. The dark closet where my washer and dryer are located is now a bright workspace.

I needed a smaller size mirror for my entryway to fit the space between the sconce and floating shelf and found a great option with the Infinity mirror from Room & Board (roomandboard.com)

13 I needed a smaller size mirror for my entryway to fit the space between the sconce and floating shelf and found a great option with the Infinity mirror from Room & Board (roomandboard.com)

A while back, I was in my office looking through a book on Jacques Émile Rhulmann, one of the most celebrated Art Deco interior and furniture designers of the twentieth century.  An image in the book really caught my eye and got me thinking about a new project for my apartment.  The image shows a indoor pool.  The water is so still and reflective that I thought it was actually mirror installed on the floor until I read the photo's caption.

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This is the image from the Florence Camard book, Ruhlmann, that got me thinking about installing mirror in the cove ceiling in my living room.

1 This is the image from the Florence Camard book, Ruhlmann, that got me thinking about installing mirror in the cove ceiling in my living room.

For some time now, I've been trying to think of something interesting that I could do in that space.  What about installing mirror there?  I contacted Junior, my friend at Narcissus Mirror and Glass, to come down to the apartment and talk about my idea and take some inital measurements.  A few questions came up during the visit.  Would the mirror reflect into the open space between the cove and ceiling?  If so, that wouldn't too be pretty.  Was there lighting originally installed in the cove?  That's a question I have for my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors, Ltd.  If there is wiring for lighting up there, it would be great to reconnect it to illuminate the ceiling.

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The cove ceiling in my living room.  It would be a great opportunity to do something really interesting in this space.

1 The cove ceiling in my living room. It would be a great opportunity to do something really interesting in this space.

This is the view from the front windows.  As you can see, it's a substantially sized space.

2 This is the view from the front windows. As you can see, it's a substantially sized space.

Another angle.  Whatever I decide to do is really going to change the look of the space.

3 Another angle. Whatever I decide to do is really going to change the look of the space.

I scheduled a visit with Junior to come in and have a look at the ceiling.

4 I scheduled a visit with Junior to come in and have a look at the ceiling.

One great point that he brought up was that if there is mirror on the ceiling, it would reflect whatever appeared in the cove.

5 One great point that he brought up was that if there is mirror on the ceiling, it would reflect whatever appeared in the cove.

I had to get up and see for myself what was in there.  Definitely not so pretty in there.

6 I had to get up and see for myself what was in there. Definitely not so pretty in there.

During my renovation, I think I remember that there may have been lighting that was installed in the cove but I'm not sure.  I need to ask Bob, my contractor.

7 During my renovation, I think I remember that there may have been lighting that was installed in the cove but I'm not sure. I need to ask Bob, my contractor.

A flashback of my entry hall.  The hall has certainly come a long way since this picture was taken.  This was the lighting that existed.  I hoping that's  the case for the cove in the living room.

8 A flashback of my entry hall. The hall has certainly come a long way since this picture was taken. This was the lighting that existed. I hoping that's the case for the cove in the living room.

Junior begins taking measurements to get an idea of the size of the space.

9 Junior begins taking measurements to get an idea of the size of the space.

Junior did a quick sketch of the space.

10 Junior did a quick sketch of the space.

Another important point to consider is that any irregularity in the space where the ceiling meets the wall will be highlighted once the mirror is in place.  Maybe the mirror is not the best option.   We'll see.

11 Another important point to consider is that any irregularity in the space where the ceiling meets the wall will be highlighted once the mirror is in place. Maybe the mirror is not the best option. We'll see.

In additional to installing mirror in the cove, what other options do I have?  We recently launched a new line of specialty paint finishes at The Home Depot.  One of the finishes is called Precious Metals and has a beautiful decorative sheen.  That could be really beautiful painted in the space .  I am also researching some metallic and reflective wallpapers that could also be another great option.

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This is the palette from our new specialty finishes project paint at Home Depot.  Painting the ceiling in either Mirror Glass or Tin would be a good solution.  It would add a beautiful sheen to the space without reflecting everything like the mirror will.

1 This is the palette from our new specialty finishes project paint at Home Depot. Painting the ceiling in either Mirror Glass or Tin would be a good solution. It would add a beautiful sheen to the space without reflecting everything like the mirror will.

So, what do you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think I should do?  Please comment and stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what I decide to do in the space.

Decorating The Entryway

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The entryway is the very first thing the outside world sees when they step inside your home.

However, in the midst of decorating larger spaces like the living room, kitchen, or bedrooms, the entryway is often overlooked or under-considered.

While it is one of the smaller spaces in the home, the foyer has the potential for great impact and should be a stylish and welcoming sight for guests and homeowner alike.

Entryways are the perfect canvas for a vibrant wall color or bold wallpaper if you if you are unable to do either in a larger space.  Think of the space as a great opportunity to take a decorating risk while keeping it a practical space.

Accessorize the space with entryway essentials like trays, umbrella stands, a sitting bench, or a small console table.

If your entryway has long been an afterthought, here's some inspired ideas to make the most of the dilemma behind your door.

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The position of these hooks make the items hanging on them visually impactful. (marthastewart.com)

1 The position of these hooks make the items hanging on them visually impactful. (marthastewart.com)

Hanging belongings on a collection of different hooks adds personality to an entryway. (apartmenttherapy.com)

2 Hanging belongings on a collection of different hooks adds personality to an entryway. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Antlers make a whimsical hat rack, and the boot display is sophisticated yet practical. (apartmenttherapy.com)

3 Antlers make a whimsical hat rack, and the boot display is sophisticated yet practical. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Low hanging art is beautiful in this entryway. (marthastewart.com)

4 Low hanging art is beautiful in this entryway. (marthastewart.com)

The dramatic staircase, warm lighting and oriental rug make this entryway so welcoming. (Elle Decor)

5 The dramatic staircase, warm lighting and oriental rug make this entryway so welcoming. (Elle Decor)

Use a colorful rug to greet your guests. (apartmenttherapy.com)

6 Use a colorful rug to greet your guests. (apartmenttherapy.com)

For those living in small apartments, this is a phenomenal way to create an entryway where there is none. Build a wall with shelves as pictured here, or simply put a tall bookshelf parallel to the door to create this look. (apartmenttherapy.com)

7 For those living in small apartments, this is a phenomenal way to create an entryway where there is none. Build a wall with shelves as pictured here, or simply put a tall bookshelf parallel to the door to create this look. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Beautiful tile work at the door elevates the space. (marthastewart.com)

8 Beautiful tile work at the door elevates the space. (marthastewart.com)

The beautiful stained glass almost negates the need to add anything to this entryway. (apartmenttherapy.com)

9 The beautiful stained glass almost negates the need to add anything to this entryway. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Another great floor steals the show. (Elle Decor)

10 Another great floor steals the show. (Elle Decor)

Clean and minimal. (Martha Stewart Living, February 2003)

11 Clean and minimal. (Martha Stewart Living, February 2003)

These two tall planters are gorgeous accents. (Elle Decor)

12 These two tall planters are gorgeous accents. (Elle Decor)

A bold wallpaper works well in this small entryway. (apartmenttherapy.com)

13 A bold wallpaper works well in this small entryway. (apartmenttherapy.com)

The black and white tiles are a striking first impression. (decor8.com)

14 The black and white tiles are a striking first impression. (decor8.com)

The vibrant back splash to this entryway area is so fun. (apartmenttherapy.com)

15 The vibrant back splash to this entryway area is so fun. (apartmenttherapy.com)

This homeowner has installed a zen pond to greet their guests with. (Elle Decor)

16 This homeowner has installed a zen pond to greet their guests with. (Elle Decor)

A turquoise chair gives a burst of energy to this entryway. (Jonathan Adler)

17 A turquoise chair gives a burst of energy to this entryway. (Jonathan Adler)

I love the delicate console table and sconces. (Martha Stewart Living, October 2004)

18 I love the delicate console table and sconces. (Martha Stewart Living, October 2004)

Luckily, there are multitudes of  practical and pretty entryway essentials. Following are my favorites that will give guests entryway envy.

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This console is sleek and modern without appearing harsh and cold. (mgbwhome.com)

1 This console is sleek and modern without appearing harsh and cold. (mgbwhome.com)

A console need not be long and narrow. This charming piece really adds character to a more traditional space. (Somerset Bay Mackinaw Lowboy, Layla Grace)

2 A console need not be long and narrow. This charming piece really adds character to a more traditional space. (Somerset Bay Mackinaw Lowboy, Layla Grace)

I have this umbrella stand in my entryway and love its simplicity and sheen. (Slim Umbrella Stand, Chiasso)

3 I have this umbrella stand in my entryway and love its simplicity and sheen. (Slim Umbrella Stand, Chiasso)

This simple tray is a great catch-all for keys, mail, and phone. (jonathanadler.com)

4 This simple tray is a great catch-all for keys, mail, and phone. (jonathanadler.com)

(Martha Stewart Living Lombard Console Table, homedecorators.com)

5 (Martha Stewart Living Lombard Console Table, homedecorators.com)

The juxtaposition of the stone top with its more streamline leg is fantastic. (olystudio.com)

6 The juxtaposition of the stone top with its more streamline leg is fantastic. (olystudio.com)

Another great example of a modern yet approachable entryway table. It's almost a piece of sculpture for your foyer. (olystudio.com)

7 Another great example of a modern yet approachable entryway table. It's almost a piece of sculpture for your foyer. (olystudio.com)

(Martha Stewart Living Larsson Demilune Table, homedecorators.com)

8 (Martha Stewart Living Larsson Demilune Table, homedecorators.com)

I love the simple, long lines of this coat rack. (misewell.com)

9 I love the simple, long lines of this coat rack. (misewell.com)

This console is so grand and dramatic. (mercantila.com)

10 This console is so grand and dramatic. (mercantila.com)

A polished hook is an easy and inexpensive way to elevate the style of your entryway. (restorationhardware.com)

11 A polished hook is an easy and inexpensive way to elevate the style of your entryway. (restorationhardware.com)

This is a nice combination of modern lines and Gothic carving. (laylagrace.com)

12 This is a nice combination of modern lines and Gothic carving. (laylagrace.com)

Demilune tables are a great option if you are working with a narrow space. (ethanallen.com)

13 Demilune tables are a great option if you are working with a narrow space. (ethanallen.com)

If you are looking for a bit of old-world charm, this is a great option. (rejuvenation.com)

14 If you are looking for a bit of old-world charm, this is a great option. (rejuvenation.com)

Often foyers lack overhead lighting, bring a soft glow to the space with this simple and chic lamp. (wshome.com)

15 Often foyers lack overhead lighting, bring a soft glow to the space with this simple and chic lamp. (wshome.com)

To keep things tidy and close at hand, corral your mail, keys, and other necessities on a tray with personality. (johnderian.com)

16 To keep things tidy and close at hand, corral your mail, keys, and other necessities on a tray with personality. (johnderian.com)

Add a sleek touch to your entry with a lamp like this one. (circalighting.com)

17 Add a sleek touch to your entry with a lamp like this one. (circalighting.com)

This classic mirror -- from the Martha Stewart Living line -- is at home in any space -- from contemporary to the most traditional.  (homedepot.com)

18 This classic mirror -- from the Martha Stewart Living line -- is at home in any space -- from contemporary to the most traditional. (homedepot.com)

These mirrors are so delicate and effortless. (potterybarn.com)

19 These mirrors are so delicate and effortless. (potterybarn.com)

The crisp shade atop the organic, textured base makes this a welcome site when you walk in the store. (visualcomfortlightingstore.com)

20 The crisp shade atop the organic, textured base makes this a welcome site when you walk in the store. (visualcomfortlightingstore.com)

It's hard to believe that this mirror was not unearthed at a architectural salvage yard. (restorationhardware.com)

21 It's hard to believe that this mirror was not unearthed at a architectural salvage yard. (restorationhardware.com)

Is it me or is this not the perfect mirror for a Moby Dick movie remake? (restorationhardware.com)

22 Is it me or is this not the perfect mirror for a Moby Dick movie remake? (restorationhardware.com)

The slenderness of this table is great for those urban dwellers who must make a foyer out of a tiny space. (mgbwhome.com)

23 The slenderness of this table is great for those urban dwellers who must make a foyer out of a tiny space. (mgbwhome.com)

A classic coat rack gets an whimsical twist a fun turquoise color. (urbanoutfitters.com)

24 A classic coat rack gets an whimsical twist a fun turquoise color. (urbanoutfitters.com)

This is a nice updated Gustavian look for an entryway. (Martha Stewart Living Ingrid Console, homedepot.com)

25 This is a nice updated Gustavian look for an entryway. (Martha Stewart Living Ingrid Console, homedepot.com)

These umbrella stands are perfect for the minimalist. (coatracksandmore.com)

26 These umbrella stands are perfect for the minimalist. (coatracksandmore.com)

There's no rule that utilitarian items like an umbrella stand or magazine rack have to be boring. (horchow.com)

27 There's no rule that utilitarian items like an umbrella stand or magazine rack have to be boring. (horchow.com)

(Martha Stewart Living Tahoe Mirror, homedepot.com)

28 (Martha Stewart Living Tahoe Mirror, homedepot.com)

Rustic, industrial chic for the foyer. Not to mention handy drawers for notepads, pens, and your dog's leash. (wisteria.com)

29 Rustic, industrial chic for the foyer. Not to mention handy drawers for notepads, pens, and your dog's leash. (wisteria.com)

Add another basket like this one and you could use the pair as an in-and-out mail system. (basketville.com)

30 Add another basket like this one and you could use the pair as an in-and-out mail system. (basketville.com)

For more entryway tips and ideas, be sure to see my my column in the April 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Inspiration: Chocolate!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

My palette for the holiday had one inspiration alone...chocolate!

The colors I picked for this modern Valentine's Day palette include the milkiest white chocolate to the darkest bittersweet -- accented, naturally, with rosy pinks.

The following paint colors are swatches from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot: Magnolia Grandiflora (MSL003), Rose Quartz (MSL008), Lupine Pink (MSL010), Bay Colt (MSL222), and Silhouette (MSL280).

The following colors are from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot (left to right): Magnolia Grandiflora (MSL003), Rose Quartz (MSL008), Lupine Pink (MSL010), Bay Colt (MSL222), Silhouette (MSL280).

I chose some of my favorite desserts from the February issue of Martha Stewart Living and paired them with rooms that are brimming with the same milk, dark, and white chocolate.

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Dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate ice pops (Martha Stewart Living)

1 Dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate ice pops (Martha Stewart Living)

A deliciously dark wall. (Martha Stewart Living)

2 A deliciously dark wall. (Martha Stewart Living)

A trio of hot cocoas.(Martha Stewart Living)

3 A trio of hot cocoas.(Martha Stewart Living)

This deep wall color is beautifully accentuated with crisp white moldings. (Martha Stewart Living)

4 This deep wall color is beautifully accentuated with crisp white moldings. (Martha Stewart Living)

A truffle-topped chocolate cake. (marthastewart.com)

5 A truffle-topped chocolate cake. (marthastewart.com)

I love the combination of the plum-colored upholstery with this wall color. (Martha Stewart Living)

6 I love the combination of the plum-colored upholstery with this wall color. (Martha Stewart Living)

Adorable cut-out marshmallow hearts floating on rich hot chocolate. (marthastewart.com)

7 Adorable cut-out marshmallow hearts floating on rich hot chocolate. (marthastewart.com)

An equally rich paneled room. (marthastewart.com)

8 An equally rich paneled room. (marthastewart.com)

Molten bittersweet chocolate cake. (Martha Stewart Living)

9 Molten bittersweet chocolate cake. (Martha Stewart Living)

Warm tones of brown envelop this room. (marthastewart.com)

10 Warm tones of brown envelop this room. (marthastewart.com)

Mocha semifreddo with hot milk foam. (Martha Stewart Living)

11 Mocha semifreddo with hot milk foam. (Martha Stewart Living)

A fresh and beautiful cafe au lait palette. (marthastewart.com)

12 A fresh and beautiful cafe au lait palette. (marthastewart.com)

The silver pieces and Venetian mirrored frame pair gracefully with the dark wall. (marthastewart.com)

13 The silver pieces and Venetian mirrored frame pair gracefully with the dark wall. (marthastewart.com)

Martha's Lily Pond Lane library is the perfect shade of brown. (marthastewart.com)

14 Martha's Lily Pond Lane library is the perfect shade of brown. (marthastewart.com)

Chocolate creme brulee. (Martha Stewart Living)

15 Chocolate creme brulee. (Martha Stewart Living)

Another room in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home that shows how a dark shade can look fantastic in a summery setting. (marthastewart.com)

16 Another room in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home that shows how a dark shade can look fantastic in a summery setting. (marthastewart.com)

Baked Alaska with chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

17 Baked Alaska with chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

This room illustrates how combining different shades of brown can create a stunning end result. (Ansom Smart)

18 This room illustrates how combining different shades of brown can create a stunning end result. (Ansom Smart)

Another example of the combination of dark chocolate and creamy tones. (thedecorista.com)

19 Another example of the combination of dark chocolate and creamy tones. (thedecorista.com)

Chocolate creme brulee frozen sandwiches. (Martha Stewart Living)

20 Chocolate creme brulee frozen sandwiches. (Martha Stewart Living)

A sette in the shade of carmeralized sugar. (citified.blogspot.com)

21 A sette in the shade of carmeralized sugar. (citified.blogspot.com)

A set of caramel dining chairs surround a glossy white table. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

22 A set of caramel dining chairs surround a glossy white table. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

Milk-chocolate sofa against a white backdrop. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

23 Milk-chocolate sofa against a white backdrop. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

Hot fudge over vanilla ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

24 Hot fudge over vanilla ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

A white-chocolate room. (Designed by Tom Scheerer)

25 A white-chocolate room. (Designed by Tom Scheerer)

If you are hesitant to paint a space in brown, here are some great options to bring this beautiful neutral into your home.

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Biscayne Tray (zgallerie.com)

1 Biscayne Tray (zgallerie.com)

Personalized Chocolate Square Stickers (laylagrace.com)

2 Personalized Chocolate Square Stickers (laylagrace.com)

Chocolate Femme Vase (wshome.com)

3 Chocolate Femme Vase (wshome.com)

Laduree Chocolate Orange Perfumed Candle (openingceremony.com)

4 Laduree Chocolate Orange Perfumed Candle (openingceremony.com)

Ivory Cashmere Throw (piecesinc.com)

5 Ivory Cashmere Throw (piecesinc.com)

White Bamboo Loveseat (piecesinc.com)

6 White Bamboo Loveseat (piecesinc.com)

Hayden Table Lamp (rhbabyandchild.com)

7 Hayden Table Lamp (rhbabyandchild.com)

Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery (restorationhardware.com)

8 Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery (restorationhardware.com)

Martha Stewart Living Thermal Tweed Drapery Panel (homedepot.com)

9 Martha Stewart Living Thermal Tweed Drapery Panel (homedepot.com)

Brown Mansard Rug (jonathanadler.com)

10 Brown Mansard Rug (jonathanadler.com)

Sawhorse Cocktail Table (jonathanadler.com)

11 Sawhorse Cocktail Table (jonathanadler.com)

Zig Zag Pillow in Brown (wellappointedhouse.com)

12 Zig Zag Pillow in Brown (wellappointedhouse.com)

Martha Stewart Living Wayfarer Rug (homedecorators.com)

13 Martha Stewart Living Wayfarer Rug (homedecorators.com)

Brown Velvet and Gold X Stool (wellappointedhouse.com)

14 Brown Velvet and Gold X Stool (wellappointedhouse.com)

Martha Stewart Living Harmony Stripe Tobacco Leaf Wool Area Rug (homedepot.com)

15 Martha Stewart Living Harmony Stripe Tobacco Leaf Wool Area Rug (homedepot.com)

Taupe Porcelain Table Lamp (wellappointedhouse.com

16 Taupe Porcelain Table Lamp (wellappointedhouse.com

Martha Stewart Living Crysanthamum Rug in Coffee/Sand. (homedepot.com)

17 Martha Stewart Living Crysanthamum Rug in Coffee/Sand. (homedepot.com)