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The Hardest Thing to Buy Online, imo

February 17, 2022

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I don’t know about you but the hardest thing for me to buy online is mirrors. Hear me out! Images of mirrors online just look like shapes–rectangles, circles, ovals, even organic shaped mirrors could be any size and it’s hard to determine the scale! Dimensions, dimensions, dimensions! Sometime’s they’re not listed with the images and checking the dimensions is critical! Another thing to note when mirror shopping is that unfortunately inexpensive mirrors can sometimes give a sort of funhouse effect. I’ve fallen victim to this before and ended up looking morphed in front of a mirror–not fun!

Searching for a mirror to go above our fireplace was more difficult than I hoped. Looking at the space I felt like a 24″x36″ mirror would be a good enough size, but once I pulled out the measuring tape and sized it out, that size of mirror was going to be WAY too small… Scale can be deceiving. I would even recommend taping it out with some painter’s tape to really get an idea of the size you want, and then look for that size online! I couldn’t be happier with the mirror we ended up with, but it was a hunt (and huge!!).

Mirror | Rug | Linen Sofa | Navy Sofa | Coffee Table | Woven Stools | Art | Chandelier | Tray | Stems | Candlesticks

The antiqued mirror in the dining room I actually stumbled across online one day. I didn’t necessarily know where it would hang, but I knew I had to have it. And then it took 4 months to get here. I think an antique works really well in the dining room! There’s naturally a lot of light in there, and while the mirror is still reflective, it’s not ultra-reflective. It still bounces light around, while doubling as an art piece because of all the character. With our antique chairs, the dining room is feeling very vintage and I love it.

Mirror | Art | Lantern Pendant | Dining Table

Another mirror I bought this year is the mirror in our water closet. It’s vintage (I believe from Chairish) and I bought it primarily for the wooden frame and shape, but also the dimensions were spot on!

 Wallpaper | Sconces | Pedestal Sink | Fox Art | Hand Towel

Recently I shared a bit about the arched floor mirror in our bedroom and how I’m experiencing a bit of a dilemma with it. I’ve had this mirror for years and it’s beautiful, but with these tall ceilings are making it look rather small. Is it time to find another mirror for our bedroom??

To combat the difficulty in online mirror shopping, here’s a round-up of mirrors plus their dimensions! Grab your measuring tape!

Mirrors + Dimensions

1. Classic Wood $70
2. Rounded Walnut $70
3. Oval Leather $90
4. Brass Full Length $118
5. Oversized Hub $160
6. Metal Arched Vanity $180
7. Connerton Wood $159
8. Ayrin Floor $165
9. Infinity Black Rectangular Wall $199
10. Estelle Floor $449
11. Tabitha Arc $499
12. Clooney Antiqued $499
13. Wilcox Oil Rubbed Bronze $594
14. Brookings Leaner $754
15. Metal Frame Oversized $769
16. Bree $868
17. Reta $1200
18. Vienna $1600
19. Arched Metal Framed Floor $1699
20. Linnea Grand $2499

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What do you think?

  1. REK981 says:

    I am about to move into a new ‘to me’ home that requires a full remodel and this has been so helpful for me to prepare when it is time to buy mirrors. Thank you so much!!

  2. K Vickers says:

    I just went through the same dilemma! I’ve spent months looking for the perfect mantel mirror that had to be 36″ wide by 48″ tall and compliment my bronze Hudson Valley Stanford wall sconces. I was ready to spend the big bucks and then….voila! found ‘the one’ for a great price at Pottery Barn! (I hadn’t even thought of looking there.) Now I need help.. I want to lean the mirror but not sure how to secure it? It’s not built to lean, so I’m going to have come up with a solution. Any advice for me?

  3. Dawn says:

    I make mistakes even buying them in person! Too often I haven’t measured and buy with hopes – or I see a mirror and want it to work somewhere but can’t picture where while I’m in the store… and then get home and can’t find it a home, either. I am not mirror gifted. :)

  4. I’ve got two huge mirrors over my nightstands that I ordered online from West Elm, they were an investment, but so worth it!! Now I need to get a good full length mirror to hang on the other side of our room so I can see my shoes with my outfit…

  5. Cat says:

    It would be super great if this post hadn’t started with that classic piece of height and fat shaming. Some people are naturally short and stout and that’s their look every day. Perhaps you could just refer to “warping my reflection” to keep body judgement out of a design post?

    • Definitely didn’t mean to shame anyone! Edited the post to reflect that.

    • Patricia says:

      Surprised you would you expect something different from someone so
      obviously vain, Cat.

      • Patricia, you always leave such scrutinizing comments. Not sure why.

      • Erin says:

        I am shocked that someone would say something so mean to Julia or anyone else. In a community platform that is also very personal and with the tag line “You’re welcome here” I think it is completely rude to start name-calling. This wasn’t just an incidence of diarrhea of the mouth, you actually took the time to type that out after further reading through the comments. Why? Julia and Chris have always been very accepting of many different people and she even stated that she didn’t mean to be offensive and retracted the portion that the original commenter was sensitive about. I know that Julia has health issues and that she has had to fight really hard to be where she is, so really no need to name-call here or anywhere else for that matter. Can we all please just try to be good humans?

      • Brooke says:

        Take it somewhere else, Patricia.

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