Vanity mirrors are mirrors which are used for things like applying makeup or checking your appearance. They usually come in small sizes so that they can be easily placed on a vanity set, countertops or on a low dresser.

vanity mirror standing

These mirrors come in many different styles of shapes, designs and styles. You can definitely find a vanity mirror which will match both your taste and your décor style.

If you like to be well dressed and have a perfectly groomed appearance, a vanity mirror is an essential item for you. Choosing a vanity mirror, which will suit all your requirements, isn’t a very tough decision but here are some important things which you should consider before buying one:

1.       It must have high quality features like clear reflection, distortion free magnification and some light settings which can simulate daylight.

2.       Magnification is very important when it comes to vanity mirrors. After all, you want to be 100% sure that there were no mistakes in your impeccable makeup. This feature also comes in handy when you are doing beauty rituals which require finesse and detail like tweezing your eyebrows or applying that perfect stroke of eyeliner. Most vanity mirrors come with 5x magnification but there are also some which offer up to 10x magnification. Before buying one, you should always try using the vanity mirror of choice at least once. Then only you will be notice whether the magnification offered is sufficient for your requirements or not.

vanity mirror magnified

3.       An ideal vanity mirror which always have the convenience of hands-free option. After all, you need your hands free to apply that makeup, don’t you?

4.       An adjustable mirror or arm is another good feature to consider.

vanity mirror mounted

5.       Mounted mirrors or the fixed one? Which one is a better choice? It depends on your requirements. Mounted mirror are usually side mounted and take up less space. These mirrors are also easy to move at different angles and directions. Fixed mirrors are lot less mobile and are usually hanged flat against the wall. They are also usually bigger than the mounted vanity mirrors and reflect bigger area.

6.       Double sided mirrors are a popular choice because they help you see both sides of your face and hence, makeup at the same time. You will be able to notice any difference or mistake immediately because when seeing both sides together, you will be able to notice whether makeup on both sides are even or not.

vanity mirror double

7.       Before buying the vanity mirror of your choice, compare its price at various online and offline retailers. Unlike most products, brick-and-mortar stores will be a better choice when it comes to buying vanity mirrors because in these stores, you will be able to actually look and check your reflection in the vanity mirror before you decide to purchase it.

What exactly is retro furniture? Which era is considered retro and which is simply old? Furniture styles which were seen in the decades of 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s are known as retro. At that time, the war was over, there was a joy in the air and creativity was bursting through everywhere. New products, materials and designs were being launched.  Some examples of such experiments were melamine, Formica, loud prints and curvy lines in design.

retro furniture chairs

Some reasons why retro furniture is back in fashion:

  1. If you want to express your ideas and creativity through your home décor, retro furniture is the way to go. Retro style has vibrant color schemes like avocado green and burnt orange color which suit most creative palettes and ideas.
  2. Another reason for the popularity of retro furniture is its nostalgic appeal. Everyone likes some reminders of their childhood and what better way to bring back those memories than to use retro style furniture in your home. It brings a sense of comfort in home.
  3. It is said that style works in a circular way. What is currently trendy will soon get old and what is old will come back as the latest trend. This also goes for retro style furniture items. The older look of retro appeals to this generation because many of us are tired of the common modern designs and want a new experience.
  4. The fun element of retro furniture. These furniture items have a funky sense of design and make a bold statement. Instead of stark plainness which defines the modern and contemporary furniture style, retro style offers rich and eclectic colors, design and details.
  5. Another appealing factor is that you can find these retro furniture items for cheap. As they are still rising in popularity, they haven’t become as pricey as the trendiest options in the market. Also, there is a good chance that you can find many retro pieces in your own attic or basement. If you opt for this style, you get a completely new and bold home décor at a fraction of price.
  6. Retro furniture is also a good choice for the environment. When you use old furniture instead of buying new, you save trees and reduce your carbon footprint.
  7. These furniture items are also treated as collectibles. If you opt for a retro theme for your home décor, you get a new collecting hobby. Not only that, many of these pieces can be very valuable on market as retro furniture items are a popular choice amongst hobbyists and collecting enthusiasts. Their value increase in value as they get old. So it’s prudent to hold on to these items.

This green tufted sofa is a great retro piece that is almost a Chesterfield sofa, adding a bit more of a shabby chic touch.

retro furniture sofa

These retro furniture pieces can also be passed on to your children and grandchildren as vintage heirlooms. These items will be source of stories for your coming generations.

This book “Retro Furniture Classics” by Fay Sweet is a great resource to learn more:

retro furniture book

Reclaimed wood furniture is made from wood which had been previously used in old structures like barns and warehouses. Using reclaimed wood furniture is one of the best ways to preserve the existing forests and tress because when old wood is repurposed and reused, new trees don’t get cut. It helps reduce global warming and also saves the natural habitat of flora and fauna found in forests. Apart from conserving environment, many people opt for reclaimed wood furniture as it is usually cheaper, more durable and adds a unique charm to the décor.

Here are some reasons why you should for reclaimed wood next time you go furniture buying:

1.  Reclaimed wood furniture pieces are environmentally friendly: When you buy reclaimed wood, you can rest assured that you aren’t contributing to severe environmental issues like deforestation, global warming. The first part of recycling is reusing and reclaimed wood is just that. Reclaimed wood also doesn’t require a large amount of energy for its production and hence reduces the carbon footprint.

reclaimed wood frame

2.  Reclaimed wood furniture has a unique charm of its own:Just like fine things like cheese, wine, scotch, and whiskey wood also matures with age. Wood is very durable and as time passes, old wood gains a unique charm of its own which never goes out of style. This is why it is such a popular choice among builders and interior decorators. Wooden furniture blends in with several different themes and styles of home décor and doesn’t go out of style. And reclaimed wood furniture adds its own unique charm to the room. The main appeal of reclaimed wood is its excellent grain which is enhanced after the finishing process.

Reclaimed-Wood-End-Table

3.  Reclaimed wood furniture usually costs less: Wood is an expensive manufacturing material. Often, reclaimed wood furniture is priced lower than the new pieces as the manufacturer doesn’t have to pay money for tasks like chopping, shipping etc. Also, as this wood is purchased just before it is going to be destroyed, the sellers are happy to sell it at a lower price because otherwise, they would have to go through a lot of trouble to get rid of these old wood pieces.

4.  Reclaimed wood can be stronger:In many cases, reclaimed wood turns out to be stronger and sturdier than the new wood because the old wood was cut from the trees in an era when we didn’t have issues like ozone layer depletion, global warming, and commercial tree growing. This resulted in a wood which is stronger than the new wood which comes from tress affected by the factors mentioned above.

reclaimed wood wine rack

Before buying reclaimed wood furniture, you should make sure of important things like:

  1. Is it high quality? You can get good quality reclaimed wood if you buy from the trusted and reputed companies.
  2. Before purchasing reclaimed wood furniture, make sure that the entire piece is made from reclaimed wood. Many manufacturers try to cheat the customers by aging new wood to look like old or buy using reclaimed wood in the easily visible parts only.
  3. Where the wood was reclaimed from?
  4. The types of joints used: Dovetail joints are the best and most sturdy joints and are used in making high quality furniture pieces.
  5. Type of finish used: Most inexperienced carpenters simply use a lot of wax for finishing purposes and it is not ideal as wax becomes visibly white in cold and starts melting in higher temperatures.

Reclaimed wood +Rolling+Box

Italian furniture pieces are considered an investment as these bespoke pieces are made of high quality materials, are elegant and stylish and last for decades. When it comes to the designing world, whether it is fashion or home décor, Italian designs and sensibility are a force to reckon with. It is almost like they are born with a natural talent and eye for design.

italian furniture book

Art and design are integral factors of the Italian culture and this shows in their furniture too. Italian furniture echoes its quality and class at the first glance. This furniture will enhance the beauty of your home décor and enchant the guests. Also, as they are made of high quality materials and boast of fine craftsmanship, these furniture pieces will last for decades and you won’t need to but new furniture every few years.

Before you buy Italian furniture, you should consider the following factors:

Room décor:

It doesn’t matter whether you are buying Italian furniture or French, you should always buy furniture which will blend in with your home décor. It is preferable if you pick something which goes well with several different décor styles and themes. Also, different styles call for different furniture design style. For example, if you are going for a modern or contemporary look, you would want something with sleek and clean design. If you want an earthy rustic feel you should opt for terra-cotta colors and rustic furniture pieces. As Italian furniture has evolved with time, you can rest assured that no matter what your style preferences, you can find an Italian piece for your home.

Choose Perfect Pieces

There are so many options when you want to buy Italian furniture pieces. Like an Italian mirrored coffee table, a curved settee, a velvet-covered luxurious couch or a quilted Italian headboard for your bed. Italian furniture design is known for the subtle yet interesting touches which make these furniture pieces stand out in a crowd. Therefore, don’t forget to look for these intricate details when you are shopping for Italian furniture.  As most of this furniture is made for the limelight, make sure that you buy statement pieces which will make your whole room. For example, you can opt for a glass dining table, a luxurious leather couch or shabby chic chairs with embellishments.

italian furniture chair

Look for the Perfect Material:

When it comes to home décor based on Italian theme, it should be focused upon luxury and quality. Luxury and quality are the two pillars of Italian designing sensibilities and this also goes for the materials which are used in making the products. Therefore, if you want quality Italian furniture, opt for luxurious materials like high quality leather, velvet, silk etc. Different fabrics work best with different furniture pieces. Therefore, you must touch and feel the fabric before buying it. Try to imagine how it will affect the look and feel of your room. Then decide what to buy.

Plan Your Budget

Just like all the other good things in life, high quality Italian furniture pieces are usually expensive. If you go out and shop for these pieces without having a budget in mind, you can spend a huge amount of money on just a few key pieces. Therefore, you need to plan your budget and also plan your shopping accordingly. Decide how much you can afford to spend and then decide which furniture piece will fit in that budget.

italian furniture armoire

Antique shabby chic French furniture is one of the most popular furniture styles. Whether you want a farmhouse feel or a palace like look, French furniture style offers something for everyone.

A big benefit of choosing a French theme for your furniture is that this style goes well in many types of rooms. Whether it is a rustic feeling kitchen or an intimate and romantic boudoir, suitable French furniture pieces can be found for both options. The aged feel found in many rustic classic French furniture articles provides a comforting and refreshing change from the ultra-modern furniture styles we commonly see.

Instead of buying new antique looking French furniture, you can easily make-over any wooden furniture into rustic and shabby chic French style furniture with some paint and finishes. Classic French style colors include soft shades of light and breezy colors like blue, yellow and white. A furniture item painted in French-style will add warmth and charm to your room décor. Painting any normal furniture to look like French style is an easy task and it doesn’t cost much. You can recycle old furniture items and get a totally new look for your home at a budget price.

Here is a step-by-step guide about how to paint your furniture for a rustic French look:

  1. Choose a wooden furniture item which you want to give a new look. You can find something in your house or you can buy something which suits your tastes from a secondhand shop. The furniture doesn’t need to be antique but its shape is an important factor to consider. As most French furniture have curves, in design or details, any furniture items which has some curved details will be a good choice.
  2. If you want to replace them, take off the hardware items like knobs, handles, and pulls. Otherwise, you should cover them up with painter’s tape to protect them from paint and finishes. If you’re renovating any upholstered furniture item, you should remove the upholstery or you can cover it with newspaper or plastic. Next, cover your working area with a painter’s drop cloth or an old bed-sheet.
  3. Remove the original polish of the furniture using sandpaper.
  4. Apply a thin coat of primer. Make sure that you are using wood primer, not metal primer.french furniture paint
  5. Then apply one coat of the darker shade of paint. Let it dry. This coat of paint is known as a base coat. The base coat will get covered by another coat of paint in a lighter shade. This is done to create surface texture.
  6. Once the base coat has dried, apply a coat of the lighter shade of paint. Let it dry. The outer coat should be the color you want your furniture to be.
  7. Now to get a rustic, shabby chic or antique look for your freshly painted furniture, use steel wool to rub away small areas of the outer coat.
  8. Again, proceed to remove more paint with coarse sandpaper. But you should do this only in the spots where natural wear and tear happens, leading to faded or removed paint in areas like corners, edges and around the hardware like handles and knobs. This will result in an antique and shabby chic look.
  9. Take a step back and take a look at your work. If you have removed too much paint, you should add some back in.
  10. Now for finishing, take some furniture wax and rub a thin coat of it all over your renovated furniture item. Furniture wax is available in several tints, shades and color. Let it dry and then buff it.

painted french furniture