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  1. The Little Black Dress of Interior Design

    Most women will agree that no wardrobe is complete without the investment of a black dress. Especially at this time of the year – as party season is upon us for many the little black dress is a saving grace. Dress it up, dress it down, add a splash of colour, jewelry, heels, flats; the little black dress is so versatile that if you invest in a good quality one you are sure to keep it for years. So, the jewel in the crown within the wonderful world of interiors, the little black dress of the design world, the must have item for the home…. has to be a simple but by no means plain, clear glass framed wall mirror. And here’s why… Versatility – As these mirrors have no colour or overlying patterns they work well with any interior. They reflect the colours and details of the room and so regardless of your design style a plain glass framed mirror will almost certainly compliment the décor. What’s more, if you redecorate or change the decoration of the space in any wa

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  2. Mystique & Mystery of Mirrors

    For century’s people have been suspicious of mirrors, their reflective, distortive and infinite qualities and mirrors have featured in horror stories and mythical tales throughout the ages. A broken mirror is deemed to give the culprit seven years bad luck, a superstition that dates back to the Romans who were the first people to use glass for it’s reflective elements. This curse is said to be derived from a culmination of cultural beliefs with the Greeks, Chinese, African and Indian cultures all believing that a mirror can confiscate the soul. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui advises against the use of mirrors in bedrooms due to the amount of energy that they can consume and reflect back into the room. Even children’s fairy tales depict mirrors with magical powers e.g. “Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all” and stories such as Through The Looking Glass and so forth. Through various readings from around the world and from across the ages, it cannot

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  3. The History of Compact Mirrors

    Of all of the accessories that a woman may hold and collect, the compact mirror is perhaps the prettiest. The history of compact mirrors goes back many years as the compact itself is considered a vintage and highly design led item. Possibly the best known vintage name in compact mirrors is Stratton. All of the Stratton ladies’ compacts were designed and made in Birmingham. Laughton and Sons Ltd produced these highly sought after compacts from 1923 and despite losing four of their five factories during the bombings of World War Two the company were determined to continue and by 1945 production had restarted again. Stratton branded compact mirrors are still produced today although not in the UK, yet the earlier designs are what make the Stratton vintage compact mirrors a favourite amongst professional collectors and those who find joy in the beauty of the pieces. A compact mirror was a must for ladies from the 20’s onwards, enabling said ladies to check their appearance wherever th

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  4. Reflect Your Personality With Your Interior

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who's the fairest one of all? It used to be that eyeglasses were only worn for function.  Nowadays, eyeglasses are used as both an aid to better vision and a fashion statement.  This is so much so that even people who don't need glasses for improving sight choose to wear them as a fashion accessory. Mirrors have traveled down a similar path.  Although there were always a variety of frames, mirrors were seen primarily as a functional item.  Nowadays, mirrors are also seen as an interior design tool and a great way to express one's personality. Personalities who are always sunny and exuberant can use light capturing mirrors.  Such mirrors are really wall art made out of pieces of mirror, for example, a shatter mirror which is a construction of long pieces of shattered glass.  There are also multi-faceted mirror

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  5. A Buyer's Guide To Shopping Around On The Internet

    Flick through any lifestyle magazine and you are sure to find articles on designer products versus their high street equivalent. These articles often include consumer reviews, price comparisons and 'where to buy it' solutions to help you, the end buyer, find great deals the next time you go shopping.

    However, such useful information is almost impossible to find when it comes to tackling the World Wide Web and if we do find it, how do we know whether or not to trust it? Most of us these days consider ourselves to be Internet savvy (or at the very least we can get by) and we all know that great bargains are to be had - IF WE CAN FIND THEM! That's where this article can help. Follow the 7 easy steps as a guide to shopping around and you'll be enjoying those bargains in no time. 1. Find the product of your dreams Whether it is from a magazine, in your favourite shop or on the Internet already; the first thing you need to do is set a benchm
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  6. Staycations in good old Blighty

    The UK weather has been at its worst over the last couple of months, with many parts of the UK seeing exceptional rainfall levels. This might be good for the country’s depleted reservoirs, but not so good for anyone who is planning on holidaying in the UK. With household budgets tight, more and more people are holidaying in the UK and actually enjoying staycations – which is where they spend their week off at home and plan activities with or without the family. Staycations can actually work extremely well, especially if you find yourself rushing about at work all week and only just getting on top of the household jobs at the weekend. Because of this, most of us don’t actually get to appreciate any quality time at home. You can make a staycation anything you want it to be. But it’s important to plan your week in advance and don’t just laze around. • Monday might incorporate a trip into town, with lunch out at a chic boutique restaurant. • Tuesday might be a visit to a r

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  7. Decorative Arts Society (Art Deco) Mirrors

    The United States and Europe had a tough time during the 1920s and the 1930s. Europe was faced with the mammoth rebuilding task, both physical and emotionally, after the First World War and the U.S. had to totally rebuild its economy after the 1929 Great Depression. However, contrary to the seeming gloom portrayed in the history books, the 1920s and 1930s did have a lot to offer, and shaped the way we now live our lives. In Paris at the turn of the century a movement was taking place which changed the way art and design was viewed by the wider world. In Paris ‘La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs’ was being formed. It wasn’t until the 1920s and the 1930s that the movement came to light however, as it did in all its splendour at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art in the French capital in 1925. It wasn’t long until the ‘Decorative Arts Society’ movement gathered steam and its famous curvilinear designs started cropping up in places such as the P

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  8. The beauty of wood

    Some of the most popular types of mirrors currently available are made out of materials which have been available for centuries. Wood for example is a very popular choice for a mirror and can work well in either a modern or traditionally styled home. Wooden mirrors can either highlight the natural beauty of the wood itself or can come in beautifully painted and stylised designs, where wood is used as a substrate material but unless you stripped the mirror bare you would never know it had been used in the manufacture of the frame. Wooden mirrors come in every shape and size and make beautiful additions to any home. An extra large gold wreath mirror made of wood, for example, can add a stylish focal point to any room. The carved wooden surround finished in a warming gold colour sparks of opulence and austerity. And with mirrors like this being over two metres in height, they look superb when they are sited over a fireplace in a room with high ceilings or when they are situated in a

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  9. Why are bathroom mirrors so important?

    One of the most important mirrors in you home is located in the bathroom. We all like to look good and the only way we can check to see we meet our own expectations is to look in a mirror. Bathroom mirrors can help when you are: • Putting on make-up • Shaving • Washing • Brushing teeth • Checking skin complexion • Styling hair • Styling eyebrows Most of us don’t even appreciate how often we use a mirror and will often look in a mirror many times over the course of a day without even realising it. A bathroom mirror can do much more than simply showing you a reflection of yourself. Some bathroom mirrors also feature something which many people crave in a bathroom – that much needed storage space. Bathroom cabinets can feature a mirror but also have all the space you need for your bathroom condiments. And when the bathroom cabinet door is closed everything can be stored out of sight making your bathroom a chic place to be. Some of the latest bathroom mirrors also feat

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  10. Mirrors from past to present

    Man has always been fascinated with his reflection, which until quite recently was only able to be seen in water. The first mirrors were made from polished stone or metal and gave little more than a vague resemblance of the person looking into to them. With advances in glass manufacture, mirror design progressed rapidly, and in combination with metals such as mercury, tin and lead, mirrors as we know them today were finally created. Today, almost all mirrors use glass in their design, with the majority coated with a fine leaf of metallic foil, which provides the reflection. Plane mirrors are flat mirrors, which reflect the light without changing the image, but there are also other types of mirrors such as convex and concave mirrors, which distort the light and hence the reflection we see. Mirrors are now available in many different designs and their use has spread from solely being there to see a reflection, to being one of interesting design and modern art. From contemporary

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