A Southern Mirror

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

It has been said that the South is more real than other parts of the country. It’s because the South has lived through more.

We’ve dined on our region’s delicacies like grits, dumplings, and gravy, but we’ve also eaten our fair share of crow. We are continuing to evolve and change from our dark, lean Post-Antebellum years, and we’ve still got a long way to go…  but there is something wonderful about the pluralism of a past.  The merging of the high and the low gives us, and our homes, character.

Notice that there is something interesting at three levels: on the wall, the chair, and the zebra rug.

Notice that there is something interesting at three levels: on the wall, the chair, and the zebra rug.

I love that young collectors and designers are embracing the value of the partnership between antiques and contemporary pieces, especially in the South.  If you are looking for a chic way to add interest to a room, a federalist mirror is a great choice.

What a magnificent touch to this space.

What a magnificent touch this Federalist mirror brings to this space. I love the juxtaposition of the prints with the opulence of the mirror.

America’s architecture, especially in the South, mirrors us as a people. It is a mix of European influences and the Federalist style is no different. With roots in Rome, this manner of neoclassical design adds a touch of elegance to the late 1700’s that refines the Georgian style of the time. It lightens up its heavier predecessor and spans the seaboard from New England to Georgia. (Charleston and Savannah are full of Federalist elements.)

A great mix of modern and the aged ~from JoannaMay Designs

A great mix of modern and the aged ~from JoannaMay Designs

Prior the the eagle being officially adopted as America’s symbol, the bird was topping these mirrors. They also appear on similar mirrors from England’s Regency period. The convex shape of these mirrors help to illuminate the room, maximizing candlelight in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.  Even now in the 21st century, these mirrors are still lighting up rooms.

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With a nod to the past, Federalist convex mirrors are adding interest and elegance to the rooms of the present. It brings age to a room, which in my opinion, is much more charming than everything being brand new.

It makes our rooms a bit more... and isn’t that one of the great things about the South?

We are just a bit more. 

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If you are interested in finding a Federalist mirror of your own, I have had luck combing through local antique stores and checking out 1stdibs .  Also, if you are in the Atlanta area next weekend, The Cathedral Antiques Show begins February 1st and will be a fabulous source of antiques and inspiration.

 

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