Finding Ornate Gold Mirrors!

Finding Ornate Gold Mirrors!

Hello loves! Today I am writing a much long overdue post! When I began my wedding sign rental business Details and Swirls, I fell in love with ornate gold mirrors. I started collecting beautiful mirrors to add to my rental collection, and this obsession grew and quickly took over the decor in our home. Along the way I’ve picked up many tips and tricks on where to search for these pieces, and how to find them for the best price! Today I am walking you through exactly how and where I find all of my beautiful mirrors!

Facebook Marketplace

This is my NUMBER ONE secret when it comes to finding vintage gold mirrors! Believe it or not, there is an overwhelming number of mirrors on facebook marketplace. Now, this approach definitely takes some time and effort. If you are on the hunt for mirrors I suggest checking facebook marketplace around 3 times a day consistently, and reach out immediately when you see something you are interested in. These pieces go very quickly, and I am still kicking myself on some mirrors that I missed! Browsing facebook marketplace definitely takes some imagination. Many times the photos are poor, but you have to picture how the piece would look once it is cleaned and in a well lit space! Half of my mirrors (especially my really big ones) are all from facebook for a fraction of the price! I once found a $1,000 mirror I was eyeing for months online for just under $300 on marketplace (coming to my rental collection soon!), just keep checking consistently and they will appear!

Antique Stores

The next place I shop for my mirrors are antique and vintage stores. I have purchased 3-4 of my mirrors from antique shops and there are pros and cons. The pros are the quality and history. All of my antique store mirrors are my best quality pieces, and they most often come with a story of how old the piece is and the origination. The main con is the price. Unfortunately many mirrors at antique stores are quite expensive, so while you may be able to barter, you probably will not get the cheapest mirror at a vintage store.

Online

While I absolutely love searching marketplace and antique stores for mirrors, sometimes I do not have months to wait for the perfect piece to magically appear. Luckily after lots and lots and lots of digging, I’ve found numerous beautiful mirrors online (many of which I own)! Some are more expensive than others, and I will list them below based upon price!

Egg Chair Round Up!

Egg Chair Round Up!

Hi friends! I am dying to get my hands on an egg chair, I feel like they have been everywhere lately! I have the most perfect corner in my bedroom, but I am having trouble pulling the trigger on spending $300+ on a chair mostly for decoration…so I decided to take a deep dive to see if I could find anything cheaper! Unfortunately in terms of “egg chairs” they are all around the same $300 price tag. Even though I could not find many specific egg chairs under $300, I did find many alternatives that have the same style and aesthetic for a fraction of the price! I will definitely be purchasing #6 to put in my bedroom corner, I think it will give off the same overall vibe, I am so excited!

1) Wayfair $314

2) Big Lots $370 – I have been tracking this and is seems to go on sale often, so keep tabs on it!

3) Overstock $315

4) Walmart $297 – Currently out of stock, but sign up for updates!

5) Serena & Lily $198 – Not necessarily an egg chair, but same exact design details, materials, and coloring!

6) World Market $230 – This is my TOP pick! I am so happy I came across this find! This is the best egg chair dupe I could find under $300, and I think this is the one I am going to order for my bedroom! It is less bulkier and has all of the same design details as the traditional egg chair!

7) Wayfair $240

8) IKEA $130 – Cushion not included!

Designing My Backyard Bungalow

Designing My Backyard Bungalow

Hello friends! I am back today with another home makeover post! One of my favorite parts of owning my first home is designing every room from the ground up. I’ve completed the design for almost every room inside our home, and I thought it was about time to begin on the design plans for our patio! Now we do not have the largest patio space, but it is such a cute and cozy area to relax in. I imagine drinking coffee in the mornings, and lounging under the stars in the evenings and I am just too excited!

With every room design I’ve done for our house, I always create a design plan. My design plans include colors for the space, patterns, and the pieces of furniture or decor I want to incorporate. I partnered up with Wayfair to create the design plans for my backyard bungalow, and I am seriously obsessed! As you all know, I am in love with the Moroccan tile design and all things neutral and grey. The decor in our home is greatly influenced by these design aspects, and I wanted our outdoor space to follow! I decided to stay with the main design element of grey Moroccan pattern, but also incorporate navy blue for a flare of color. I love how everything is coming together, and I already have some of these pieces on the way! I think it is important to keep a consistent decor theme throughout your home including the outdoor space! If you are planning to redesign a new room or outdoor space in your home, I highly encourage you to start with a design plan! This will help you ensure all of your pieces coordinate and fit into the aesthetic you are envisioning! Below are links to all of my top picks for my backyard design, happy patio season!

Garage Door Makeover

Garage Door Makeover

Hello friends! I am coming to you today with the EASIEST DIY tutorial! I love the look of farmhouse garage doors, I think they make a huge difference in the curb appeal of a home. While new garage doors are definitely not on the top of our home renovation list, I found the easiest way to mimic the look with magnetic hardware! I wasn’t quite sure how easy or nice this project would turn out, but I am SO happy with the outcome! Everything you need can be found on Amazon prime, and it took me 15 minutes to do!

Everything you will need:
Sponge
Cleaner
Painter’s Tape (1 inch)
Window Magnets
Hardware Magnets

Step 1: Clean Garage Doors
First thing first, clean! This is not necessary, but I wanted to make sure we were putting the magnets on a clean surface, so I simply took a sponge with some household cleaner and wiped down the areas I would be working on.

Step 2: Add Windows
Time to add our “windows”! Using painter’s tape, measure out a + on each of your garage door squares. Ensure that the horizontal line on each square is at the same height so all of your windows line up! You can use a measuring tape to assist with this, but I found that eyeballing it worked perfectly fine! Once your tape + is up, stick on the magnetic square to each quadrant. Peel away the tape and you have your windows! I am really impressed with the quality of these magnetics, the suction is extremely strong! Repeat this step for all “windows”.

Step 3: Add Hardware
Once the windows are up, it is time to add the hardware! Again these magnets are extremely strong, so they basically flew out of my hand and attached to the door! You can place the hardware anywhere you like, but I chose to place one of mine below the first row of the door and one above the last row of the door. I popped the handles in the middle and that is it! A completely new set of doors in under 15 minutes!

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11 Amazon Home Finds!

11 Amazon Home Finds!

Hi friends! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Today I am sharing my favorite Amazon home finds! Given the current global situation, my routine trips to HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby have been cut short, but luckily Amazon is still in full swing, so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces I’ve found for our home!

1) Mercury Glass Curtain Rods – we currently have these on all of our living room windows and they are BEAUTIFUL!

2) Cathedral Mirrors – I have two of these on either side of a canvas in our dining room and I am in love. They are such a steal for the price and the detailing is gorgeous!

3) Blue and White Terracotta Vases – I wanted to bring some Mediterranean flair into our decor, and these three vases do just that! I currently have them displayed on our dining room table.

4) Tin Bread Box – Not much to explain here, I have this our on our kitchen counter and it is a cute way to hide away all of our bread!

5) Treat Jar – Such a cute jar to keep all of Luana’s treats in!

6) Eucalyptus Leaves – Hands down my favorite leaves! I use these to fill my pitcher vase!

7) Mercury Glass Vases – I think these are my favorite find! I have them mixed with the terracotta vases on the dining room table, and they reflect the light in the most beautiful way!

8) Cotton Stems – I also use these to fill my pitchers and vases!

9) Wooden Ladder – A ladder is a perfect way to fill a corner in a room! Simply drape a few pretty throw blankets over and it is an instant makeover!

10) Boxwood Wreath – We have one of these on our door to the basement and it adds a little touch of color and life!

11) Grey Plaid Runner – I currently have this on our dining room table, and I love how it ties in the grey colors of our home, and also makes the display look a little more casual!

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How I Style My Pitcher Vase

How I Style My Pitcher Vase

Hellllo friends! I am super excited to share this week’s blog post with you all! My rustic farmhouse pitchers are some of my all time best sellers in my Details and Swirls shop! I live-letter these pitchers at all of my pop-up shops, and I know so many of you all have them! They are one of my favorite things to make, and I absolutely love how versatile they are. Whenever I post a picture of mine styled in a different way, you all ask so many questions on what I use to fill them, so I wanted to write all about how I style my pitcher for different seasons!

Classic Farmhouse – All Season

When my house is not decorated with seasonal decor, hues of grey, sage, and white fill my home! On a normal basis I have my pitcher filled with a mixed of eucalyptus and cotton stems! If you are looking for something a little smaller than the cotton, small white faux flowers work perfect to mix with the eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus leaves

Cotton Stems

Small White Flowers

Seasonal Picks

During Fall and Christmastime I love to fill my pitchers with seasonal picks instead of faux flowers! You can find beautiful seasonal picks at hobby lobby, michaels, and even amazon! I linked some of my favorites below, but you can either fill your pitcher with a mix of picks, or pop a few in with your eucalyptus!

Red Berry Picks

Frosted Berry Picks (Similar)

My favorite fall picks & sprays:

Wheat Sprays

Fall Picks

Pop Of Color

During Springtime I love adding a pop of color to my pitcher! I added some faux tulips into my eucalyptus and it immediately added the perfect Spring touch to my decor!

Tulips

Fresh Flowers!

Last, but certainly not least, I love to style my pitchers with a bouquet of real flowers! I will pick up a bouquets from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and pop them in the center of my dining room table to create a beautiful display!

How do you all style your pitchers?! Send me your photos, I would love to see!!

Shop my pitchers here!

Also shown:

Mercury glass vases // Tuscan blue distressed vases // Grey plaid runner

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Mirror Wall – Design Tutorial

Mirror Wall – Design Tutorial

Hello friends and Happy New Year! I am coming to you with my first post of 2020! We are finally settling into our house a bit more, and starting to complete each room. My office has been on the top of my list to complete since we moved in! Now that wedding season and holiday season is officially over, I have the time to jump in and finish my office. First thing is first, I painted the entire room (Collingwood BM) and prepped the space to begin my mirror wall design!

From the moment I saw my office, I knew I wanted to create a mirror gallery wall using my ornate gold rental mirrors I have as part of my Details and Swirls wedding rental inventory. What appeared to be a daunting and time consuming project, ended up being fairly simple and easy! Below I mapped out the steps and instructions I came up with for mapping out and installing my wall!

Step 1: Map

I measured my wall (10 feet wide x 7 feet tall) and took to the Pottery Barn Room Planner to map out my design. If you haven’t used this before, it is AMAZING! I plugged in the dimensions on the room, added icons with the dimensions of all the mirrors I wanted to use, and dragged them around to determine a layout. This created a perfect map of my wall with the exact dimensions! If you are wondering why the mirrors are labeled it is because all of my rental pieces have “names”!

Step 2: Map Out On Floor

Now that I knew the dimensions and pieces I was using, I wanted to map everything out in real life. I used the floor in my office for this step. Since the width of the floor is the same as the width of the wall, I measured 7 feet on the floor to mimic the height, and laid my pieces down. Basically creating the exact dimensions of my wall, except on my floor.

Step 3: Equip All Mirrors For Hanging

Ensure all mirrors have proper hanging equipment. I used this wire and these hooks to ensure sturdy hanging. I recommend using wire suited for weight 50lbs and over!

Step 4: Take Your Mirror Measurements

To ensure proper hanging height, you need to keep in mind the distance between the hanging wire and the height of your mirror. After I attached the wire on each mirror, I put the mirror face down to measure. I lifted the wire from the center until there was no more give (this is how it will sit on the hook). Then I measured from the top of the mirror to that high point on the wire (let’s say 10 inches for this example). This means that whatever height I want the mirror to sit at on the wall, I need to place my hook 10 inches below that. Complete this step for all mirrors noting down the wire height for each!

Step 5: Hang!

Now it is time to hang! I started with my center mirror, because the placement of every other mirror is based off of my center. Since I had all of my pieces proportionally laid out, I simply measured from the “ceiling” how high to hang my center mirror (including the wire height from Step 4). That’s it! Once I had that measurement, I took to the real wall, measured that number, placed my hook up, and hung! Now that the center is up, I moved onto the other mirrors by simply holding them in their place on the wall, marking the top, and placing the hanger at the appropriate wire measurement. Simple and Easy! The beauty in doing a mirror wall is the measurements do not have to be exact. As long as the mirror is held up in the area you want it, you just mark, measure for the wire, and hang!

Fireplace Makeover – Mortar Wash

Fireplace Makeover – Mortar Wash

I am back with another DIY home makeover! Since the second I saw this fireplace in our house, I knew I wanted to turn it into a beautiful focal point! While I love the traditional brick, the dark colors do not mix well with our neutral hues throughout our home. I had seen photos of beautiful white washed brick, and wondered if this was something I could achieve. I took to the internet and realized this white washed brick style is actually called German Smear, and can be achieved with a mortar wash technique! This has been my favorite project to date, and I am so excited to share it with you all, let’s get started!

Before I started, I researched a BUNCH of photos of German Smear fireplaces (I suggest you do the same!). While the overall technique is the same for all, there are certain qualities that make each style different.

Now you can see from the photos above, when you google German Smear fireplace, all of the photos look similar but there are unique differences that can make a big difference in the way you apply this technique! I wanted to go for a look similar to the third photo (an overall wash of white).

Now that you have a design goal in mind – let’s make sure we have all of the supplies! I picked all of my supplies up from Amazon and my local Home Depot/Lowe’s.

White Mortar Mix
Painter’s Tape
Gloves (make sure you wear gloves! I forgot to and absolutely destroyed my hands!)
Mixing Bucket
Grouting Sponges (I suggest 3)
Paint Stir Stick
Foam Brush

Step 1 – Clean surface

Vacuum your fireplace thoroughly and clean all debris

Step 2 – Tape fireplace

Apply your painter’s tape to the fire place, mantel, and floor

Step 3 – Mix Mortar

Using your mixing bucket, mix water and mortar together. Follow the instructions on the mortar package for mixing. MAJOR TIP! Do not pour a ton of water into your bucket before mixing! Depending on your fireplace size, you most likely will not need the entire bag of mortar. We made the mistake of pouring too much water into the mix to start, and we had to use almost the entire bag of mortar to get the right consistency. This added about 40 minutes to our process and it was not necessary! The mixture should take about 5 minutes to stir once you have the right mix of water and mortar powder, and the finished mixture should be like thick soft serve ice cream!

Step 4 – Fill in grout (work in sections)

Now the magic begins! The most important step in achieving this look is to ensure all of the grout lines are fully filled with mortar. The easiest way to do this is to use a foam paint brush to fill in all of the grout lines.

Step 5 – Spread mortar

While working in sections, I used a damp grouting sponge to start spreading the mortar from the grout lines all over the bricks. I used a mix of circular motions and dabbing motions to attain the textured look I wanted. During this process the fireplace DEFINITELY did not look like I was envisioning. You have to be patient and once we get to step 6, things will start coming together!

NOTE: some of the grout mortar will wipe away during this step, repeat steps 4 & 5 until grout lines are fully white with mortar!

Step 6 – Detail!

This is where your original design vision comes into play, think back to your inspiration image when going through this step! If you want more of an overall white wash (like I did), go ahead and add some more mortar to certain areas you want to be whiter. I used a dry grout sponge for this step because I did not want the damp sponge to remove any of the mortar I already applied.

Once I finished applying more mortar, I realized I actually wanted more of the original brick showing through. I grabbed a freshly dampened grout sponge, and starting running it over the middle of some of the bricks to expose some color.

I kept repeating this process of using a dry sponge to add more mortar, and a damp sponge to take mortar away, until I was happy with the outcome! Be patient with this step and refer back to your inspiration photo as much as you want to compare!

As you are working through this step just remember, the mortar will dry to a brighter white, so if you are discouraged it is not as bright as you envisioned, wait 12 hours for it to fully set, and you will be amazed at the outcome! Above are photos of the fireplace right before I finished “detailing”, and below are photos the next morning of the fireplace fully dried!

You can find my sweater from Chicwish here!

I am in love with the final outcome, and it has added a new level of design to our family room! Let me know your thoughts below, and if you try this technique be sure to tell me how it goes!

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9 Cathedral Windowpane Mirror Ideas!

9 Cathedral Windowpane Mirror Ideas!

I am in the process of looking for two matching cathedral mirrors to put up in our dining room! The options are absolutely endless, and I cannot seem to make a decision! I rounded up my nine favorites in the hopes I can start to narrow them down! We will be placing each mirror on either side of a large horizontal canvas photo on our dining room wall. I am so excited to see the finished result!

1 – Hobby Lobby $54.99 (50% off every other week)

2 – Hobby Lobby $219.99 (50% off every other week)

3 – Overstock – $137.49

4 – Pier One $249

5 – Angel Boho 225 Euro

6 – Amazon – $90

7 – Kirklands – $169.99

8 – Home Depot – $257

9 – Hay Needle – $99

Stair Riser Makeover

Stair Riser Makeover

This week’s DIY makeover has to be one of my favorites! When we first bought our house, there was an old, worn down, and discolored stair runner that NEEDED to go. When we got our floors refinished, we had the flooring professionals remove the runner, and refinish the stairs. While the tops of the stairs now looked beautiful, the backs were discolored from the original rug, and needed some help!

I had been seeing the trend of tiled stair risers, and was in LOVE! Everything in our home is modeled after grey moroccan tile, so I fell in love with the idea of adding this design detail to our stairs. Now the stairs definitely are not the focal point of our home, but I still believe carrying prominent design details throughout the entire house is really important to form a cohesive design.

Soon after researching tile for the stair risers, I realized it was not in the budget. What I did stumble across were tile STICKERS! Now I did not even know these existed, but I am completely in love. I decided to purchase stickers to adhere to every other stair riser, and I got them from this Etsy shop!

After finalizing our design plan, it was time to prep the stairs. We sanded all of the stair risers and removed any leftover staples still remaining from the runner. Next, any stair risers we were not putting stickers on we painted white. When it came time to apply the stickers, I was SHOCKED as to how easily they applied! It took me about 10 minutes in total, and the material of the stickers are durable and super adhesive!

We still need to touch up the white paint in spots above the stickers we did not get to before, but what do you all think of the finished result?!