Disney animated films were definitely one of my first artistic inspirations. As a tiny version of myself, I would sit really close to the screen so the images would fill up my entire field of vision. I loved not being able to see anything except the screen, which transported me to a magical place. One of the first movies I vividly remember seeing is Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) at a very old-fashioned, one-screen movie palace where I grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Fun fact, Walt Disney, always the perfectionist, saw a screening of Snow White and thought she was a bit pale and lifeless looking. Walt had his animators go back and add blush to Snow White’s cheeks on thousands of animation cells! Next time you watch, notice how her cheeks are always fluttering with rouge.
This year, two new versions of Snow White hit the screens! It got me thinking about mirrors. I often recommend mirrors as a great way to increase light and space within a nursery. So, I ask you—insert evil queen voice here— “Mirror Mirror on the wall, WHICH mirror is the fairest one of all?”
Lets start with a classic—the Venetian! Venetian mirrors are available in many shapes, sizes and even colors. They are almost like a big piece of jewelry—a brooch for your wall! The ornate venetian mirror below from Horchow is certainly worthy of any fair maiden or prince charming. The signature etched details combined with that octagonal shape shine in this stunning piece. I like these classic gems paired with very modern furniture for a contrasting style punch.
Now for something modern from Ikea. I actually have this mirror in my own home. It adds so much visual space to my teeny NYC apartment, and it really comes in handy when I want to lip-sync to my favorite pop songs. I hung it horizontally to give me as much room as possible to break out my signature dance moves. At a whopping 30 3/4 ” x 77 1/8″, it’s grand in scale yet humble in price at only $129!
The Queen Anne! Jonathan Adler is rocking this limited-edition juicy orange mirror—a modern, cleaned-up take on the classic Queen Anne shape. Don’t get caught up on the “queen” in the name—it’s also super appropriate for little kings! Imagine it popping off a denim blue or slate grey wall. CHIC, your majesty!
Hey, Pat Sajak! Can I buy a vowel? A B C D E F G this mirror is the one for me! Help teach your children their ABCs while making a design statement at the same time. This baby is 36″, round and no wheel of fortune is needed, and it’s under $200.
Land of Nod is really putting its neck out with this super cute Giraffe growth chart mirror, made of shatterproof and lightweight mirrored acrylic ($80).
Bunny Williams is one of the most beloved and influential NYC interior designers. This year she launched a collection of gorgeous mirrors for her Beeline Home line, including this Ohm Mirror. The fluid lines of this mirror really speak to me and my love of art deco. It’s available in rich cinnabar red and a very sophisticated charcoal gray ($1400).
For basic safety, and self-admitted neurotic reasons, I do not recommend leaning this mirror up against a wall where children are playing or hanging any mirror or heavy object over a crib.