The entrance into my home in London is quite a narrow space and was in danger of feeling cramped. I knew that using mirrors to refract light would make the space feel bigger but I didn’t have a concrete idea of exactly what I wanted the mirror to look like. So, I bought the first mirror in the collection before we had even finished renovating the house, it was so unusual and I just knew that it would work somewhere. Since then, I’ve accumulated more vintage and antique mirrors from trips abroad (that tiny one was just so perfectly suitcase-sized that I couldn’t refuse when I spotted it at the Avignon market), from local flea markets and also since my Mum moved house and kindly ‘shared’ some pieces with me! Whilst they are all different, I felt that they shared a similar aesthetic (gold and gilt being the common denominator!) and so we set about building a mirror gallery wall in the entrance hall.
We’ve squeezed a slender table into the entrance area (from one of the regular dealers at Sunbury Antiques Market) and a pop of colour with this lovely yellow lamp from WestElm. This is what the space looks like with absolutely no wall adornments.
We took the first step months ago when we hung the circular cream and gold tin mirror that I’d purchased from a trip to Bermondsey Antiques Market. It’s such a sweet piece and it did the job for a while (except that I hung it at my height which meant that everyone else passing through the house just had to take a good hard look at their shoulders, so that wasn’t much use!).
The next (very accurate and scientific!) step was to gather together all of the mirrors that I’d accumulated and to recreate exactly how I wanted my wall of mirrors to look on my floor. As you can see, that tiny one was never going to conform!
Now here’s the part where we magically skip to the mirrors being hung on the wall because the process that we took to get them here was far from perfect! It involved a great deal of one person trying to position two mirrors (and balancing one on their head) whilst the other person (mainly me) saying ‘left a bit, down a bit, up a bit, no that’s too much, yes there!’ and then scrambling around to find the pencil to mark where it needed to go. So, here you go – the wall of mirrors that now welcomes everyone into the house!