An heirloom from my grandmother…it came with a picture of my mom from the 40′s.
I will wear it today and remember my mother and grandmother.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
I have a collection of antique mirrors in my home. I enjoy collecting old things either from family or in antique/thrift stores (no kidding)!My motto is “I like things with a history; even if I don’t know what it is”! Here they are and I will tell you where they are from.
#1 This mirror originally came from my father’s mother. It’s mahogany with beveled glass. My mother had it in her garage with hats on it (can you imagine?) so I rescued it one weekend. I had to replace the hooks because a couple were missing. I have loved having at my back door entrance.
#2 I purchased this from the Salvation Army store in MA in the 90′s and it has been in my bathroom ever since. I prefer having an old mirror in the bathroom instead of a traditional “bathroom” mirror. I have really liked this oak and beveled glass one.
#3 This is a recent purchase which I put in my office. It is mahogany, with a little gold trim and wavy glass, which I love!
#4 This one in my living room is from a dresser that belonged to my mother’s mother. Even though it is supposed to be attached to the dresser, I like it here better.
#5 This gold leaf mirror was in my mother’s entry for as long as I can remember; she had it over a desk. I can still see her on really cold days adjusting her hat in front of this mirror before she would go for her daily walk; or putting on her mink hat to go to church on a cold Sunday morning!
#6 My mother’s mother had this sweet mahogany mirror by her front door. I would watch her as she put on her lipstick before she would go out. There were always several shades sitting on the shelf. I have this by my front door as well, but I don’t use lipstick, I use Chapstick!
To Dwell: to reside; to live in a given condition, as in, “to dwell in happiness”. What a beautiful word; we do not just live in our homes, we dwell there. Come with me to visit my friends in their homes in the new series called “Real Women*Real Spaces”. These are regular women, but by no means ordinary! I want to capture them in the rooms they love, in the homes where they dwell in happiness…and in a style unique to each.
Today we meet Sylvia from northern New Jersey. She and her husband moved into this 1917 Craftsman style house in 1967 and raised their family here. The couple say, “We love our home — because of the character of the neighborhood, because of the character of the house itself, because of its landscaping, and because of its convenient access to New York City. Our home has wonderful spaces — a breakfast area with roof windows, bump-outs which bring the inside out and the outside in, a couple of fireplaces, an open porch which overlooks the front garden and street, an enclosed upstairs porch which has great sunsets and overlooks the valley between us and the Ramapos. And practically every window has a view of our landscape.” Come take a look:
Thanks Sylvia for the tour (and the delicious lunch)! Your home is so warm and welcoming (as are you) and hearkens back to another day with all your antiques and personal touches.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you. This is my mother, one of my sisters and me. My family (which also included my father and 2 bothers) were on-board an ocean liner traveling to Venezuela to live in 1960. This has always been a favorite of mine. I am the one with the funny face!