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Reflected glories: Mirrors can add light or create a big statement

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There is no doubt that mirrors are one of the most important weapons in a designer’s arsenal; adding instant glamour and interest, while maximising light and boosting the sense of space.

They can also become works of art in themselves, and we’ve never had so much choice.

‘I can’t get enough of them,’ says interior designer Olivia Outred. ‘I like to use oversized mirrors to make rooms appear larger and small mirrors above doors for a sense of surprise.’

Illusion: A large mirror will add more light and boost the sense of space in a room

Illusion: A large mirror will add more light and boost the sense of space in a room

This is the clever thing about mirrors; they allow one to manipulate dimensions and light for desired effect.

A strategically placed mirror in a windowless basement can create the impression of a window, or one cunningly placed behind a switched-on lamp creates ‘the illusion of more space and also helps to change up the look and overall mood of the room’, says Anna Cross, buying manager of Habitat Home Living. So how best to use them?

Fancy frames

The sky is the limit when it comes to frames: there is such a diverse range out there from gilt (gold leaf or paint) to rope to plaster, plastic, ceramic or driftwood. There is a certain opulence to an antique or gilt framed mirror.

It’s best to scour antique shops and auctions for these or, alternatively, plump for a good replica such as Ayers & Graces Monaco Gold Gilt Ornate picture frame (£345). 

Textured mirrors in rattan and bamboo are popular and not just in bathrooms: Pooky’s Chui mirror in woven cane exudes laid-back elegance (£160) and the Singa Natural Seagrass wall mirror from Oliver Bonas grabs as much attention as any extravagant gilt overmantel mirror (£98).

Statement mirrors are stand-alone pieces of art; a sunburst (circular mirrors with extravagant sunrays) will immediately inject glamour, try Maisons Du Monde’s Massala Gold Metal Sunburst mirror (£263).

Make a statement: Maisons Du Monde sunburst, £263

Make a statement: Maisons Du Monde sunburst, £263

For those with very, very deep pockets New York sculptor Stephan Antonson’s hand-made plaster mirrors are true statement pieces: check out his playful Cosimo mirror with its curvy rings (£10,470). 

Mirror walls and galleries are another fun way to play with reflection. These work brilliantly on dark walls to bring much-needed light.

The secret when hanging a cluster of mirrors is to link them by frame type or shape; round mirrors and gilt mirrors are good starting points. Graham & Green’s Antiqued Gold Pendant mirrors blend well in a cluster (£225).

Garden wonders

As the trend for taking our interiors outside continues to grow, garden mirrors are becoming increasingly popular.

Archway and window mirrors look brilliant outside and can work wonders on small roof terraces, introducing a sense of space and reflecting light into more shady spots.

In large outside spaces, they can reflect garden paths, pretty foliage or hint at a secret garden beyond. We love Cox & Cox’s Industrial Outdoor Window Mirror (£225).

Tricky spaces

The mantra to remember is that the smaller the space, the bigger the mirror. A small mirror or one with a thick or ornate frame will detract from what you’re trying to achieve.

Hang a simple long mirror in a short hallway to add depth or hang them on either side of a narrow corridor to add width.

In a bijou sitting room, a large mirror tucked behind two armchairs and a console table will make the room appear much larger.

Neptune’s Carter mirror with its simple chic brushed-steel frame is a good investment piece (£600) as is Made’s large Arles leaner mirror which seamlessly blends into any space (£259).

A clever trick to enlarge a small galley kitchen is to use mirrored glass as a splashback running underneath the top cupboards: this also works on the back of shelves and is easy to do.

Paned mirrors are increasingly popular and brilliant for creating the illusion of a window where there are none, or to create balance with an existing window. 

Habitat’s Window Pane mirror in black is a snip at £35 and La Redoute’s Lenaig window-style mirror works well in an entranceway (£110).

An arched mirror with a thin frame strategically placed on a wall can look like a doorway and is a fun way of reflecting certain aspects of the room. Try The White Company’s Chiltern full-length (£350.

Smoke and mirrors

Arguably the chicest mirrors are smoked, making them purely decorative due to their clouded, marked reflection.

Antiqued Mirror’s Georgian Dark Cloud is suitably decadent and looks fabulous above a console table or in a dining room catching the candlelight (£390).

The cherry on the cake is the convex mirror, which alters the light and gives a different perspective.

Check out The Convex Mirror Company’s Ferrara Nero 112 which is hand silvered to the client’s taste, be it lightly foxed or heavily antiqued (from £1,375).

Now that you have your mirrors sorted the last thing to do is hope one’s reflection is up to scratch…

What your home really needs is a… wildflower vase 

Go wild: The bud vase from The White Company is £6

Go wild: The bud vase from The White Company is £6

‘Cottagecore’ is the name now being given to the fashion for all things rural: the world of interiors is given to taking liberties with the language.

But irritation over this should not stop you from adopting some of the elements of this style, such as the small vase for blooms from your garden, a bunch of wild flowers, or sprigs of greenery picked on a walk.

A core tenet of cottagecore is that ‘the difference between a flower and weed is a judgment’ and a posy of buttercups, clover and daisies brightens any kitchen table — in the countryside or in town.

Every home needs more natural touches — and this is a trend that costs next-to-nothing. 

Marks & Spencer has several shapes of small glass vase for £5 each, while the bud vase from The White Company is £6.

The Habitat Roma vase in yellow costs just £10 and for £20.50 you can get four mini bud vases in ombre from Not On The High Street. 

The Black Toast Little Goldfish Bowl vase from Emma Bridgewater (£39.95) is engraved with the words buttercups and daisies. Why not go wild in the country?


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Godwin submits plans for Dorset mixed-use development (GB)

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Godwin Developments has submitted a planning application for Woodbury Park, a brand-new commercial development located at a prominent 4.85-acre site in Bere Regis, Dorset. Proposals include four purpose-built drive thru and drive to roadside retail units, with renowned restaurant brands PopeyesStarbucks and McDonald’s already lined up to take space, which has been designed to their specifications.


The scheme will also feature a 12,000ft² block of up to eight units, with associated parking and turning facilities. The units will be two storeys high, with the flexibility to combine into larger floorplates, if required by potential tenants. The block will be built speculatively and will target BREEAM Very Good, including features such as air source heat pumps, low energy lighting and highly efficient building fabric, to name a few.


Situated off the Townsend Roundabout at the northern entry point of Bere Regis, the site benefits from a high passing traffic flow of over 27,000 daily vehicles. It occupies a key location at the intersection of the A31 and A35 alongside the main arterial route connecting Poole and Bournemouth to Dorchester.


The Woodbury Park scheme will further Godwin’s commitment to local regeneration and job creation by enabling up to 250 new employment opportunities. Roles are anticipated to be primarily in retail, distribution and logistics, as well as services, manufacturing, technology and the creative industries. Local people will also benefit from the inclusion of several EV charging points, the first in the area.


Claudine Tracey, Development Manager at Godwin Developments, said: “The site’s high traffic flow, lack of similar offering close by, and proximity to existing Shell garage and trade park make Woodbury Park a sought-after location for a range of occupiers – including coffee and quick service restaurant brands. We are also delighted to be delivering the UK’s first Popeyes drive thru as the company expands its footprint in this country. In addition, our development will deliver a variety of local employment opportunities for Bere Regis through the provision of flexible industrial and logistics space suitable for new and existing businesses. The scheme at Bere Regis showcases Godwin’s unique capability to successfully combine industrial and roadside retail to maximise a site’s potential through complementary uses.”


Stuart Pratt, Director at Godwin Developments, commented: “The recent boom in takeaway food consumption and hyper-local convenience shopping is bringing ever more exciting brands to the roadside retail sector. At the same time, demand for industrial and logistics space is continuing to grow with units of varied sizes – including trade parks – experiencing a substantial lack of supply. For these reasons interest from investors into both sectors has been very strong in the past year; and we expect the trend to continue throughout 2022 on the back of strong consumer fundamentals.”

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Barings and HBD secure planning for London logistics scheme (GB)

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Barings and HBD have secured detailed planning for a strategic logistics scheme in Rainham, London, transforming a 20-acre brownfield site. The new development, Momentum London, is being delivered by Barings and HBD in a joint venture partnership. It will create 381,814ft² of new logistics and industrial space across four units ranging from 41,000 -171,000ft².


The scheme will target Net Zero Carbon, BREEAM “Excellent” and an EPC “A+” rating. This is being achieved by dynamic design, careful consideration of materials, zero use of fossil fuels, maximizing photovoltaic solar panels, battery storage and intelligent building systems. The units will be 100% EV ready, including passive fleet charging to the yards.


The logistics park will be set in landscaped environment with picnic and public areas, as well as direct access onto the Thames Cycle Path, so that it brings further social benefits to the area. Positioned on the River Thames, with potential for jetty access, Momentum will offer an easy stepping stone into Central London and out via the A13, just minutes away.


Darren Hutchinson, Head of UK Real Estate Transactions and Managing Director at Barings, said: Momentum London will be a strategically located logistics scheme with strong environmental and social credentials, beneficial both to future occupiers and the communities around it. Logistics is one of Barings’ preferred investment sectors and Momentum London exemplifies the kind of developments we’re seeking, with a keen interest in exploring joint ventures like this one with HBD.”


Simon Quine, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “Industrial and logistics space remains in very limited supply across London, particularly larger distribution units. Momentum will plug that gap within the M25 and provide modern, sustainable logistics and distribution space to serve London and the wider South East market. Landscaping and wellness have been thoroughly considered, with careful design considerations and enhancements to the Thames Foot and Cycle path, which we hope will help occupiers to attract and retain staff.”

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Mirrored furniture trend can create the illusion of space in your home

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Mirrored furniture provokes strong emotions. Some see it as the epitome of bad taste, flashy and bling. Others know that mirrors have magic powers.

A mirrored table or cabinet makes a room or a hallway appear more swish and spacious. It’s a trick that bars and restaurants employ to ensure their establishments appear roomier and more inviting — and they can add lustre to your home, too.

Choosing a piece of mirrored furniture also sends out a sign that you are aware of one of the year’s trends — the return of Art Deco, the influential style that emerged in the 1920s. 

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

It blended forms that celebrated modern machinery with decorative elements drawn from Greco-Roman culture and nature. 

The mirror was a favourite material, used on the surfaces of furniture and walls to supply a shimmering silver and gold effect.

Probably the most famous piece of Art Deco architecture is New York’s Chrysler Building. Completed in 1930, its sunburst-patterned stainless steel spire remains one of the key elements of the Manhattan skyline.

Art Deco console tables, drinks trolleys and other items from the era of the building’s construction sell for thousands on auction sites such as 1stdibs underlining the growing appeal of this aesthetic. 

Jamie Watkins, the co-founder of fabric and wallpaper company Divine Savages, explains Art Deco’s allure for a new audience.

‘Art Deco, with its bold geometrical patterns was such an iconic period for design: it’s synonymous with glamour and luxury.’

The resurgent popularity of Art Deco is also based on its practicality: a mirrored piece works with almost any interior, adding interest and depth.

The power of the mirror to create a wow impression has been recognised for centuries. 

Examples of this technique include the round mirror on the wall behind the bride and groom in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 Arnolfini Portrait in the National Gallery. It sends out the message that the couple are discerning — and wealthy.

Cheers: B&M's £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

Cheers: B&M’s £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

The hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailles was designed to be a place of beauty, but also to display the financial resources of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Mirrors were a luxury item until an inexpensive manufacturing process was invented in the 1830s.

In 2022, it is possible to pick up mirrored pieces for under £100. B&M has a £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves that would lend an air of Thirties elegance to any gathering. The £94.99 Ellison serving cart (a U.S. term for drinks trolley) from Wayfair has a similar vibe.

If you believe that the right mirrored trolley would save you money on trips to bars, the larger £144.95 gold oval mirrored trolley from Melody Maison could be the thing.

A mirrored cocktail cabinet will dazzle guests. The £1,200 Primrose & Plum champagne and gold cabinet has a Jazz-Age feel.

The £299 Venetian sideboard from Furniture Market, meanwhile, is a more modestly priced way to conjure up the party spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

The show flats of apartment blocks are often equipped with mirrored cocktail cabinets containing bottles of spirits and crystal glasses. This makes buyers dream of dinner parties, with a prelude of aperitifs, but also serves to make the apartment appear even roomier.

A console table in the hall also creates an illusion of space which can be amplified by the addition of a lamp. HomesDirect365 has a range in the style of almost every era including Art Deco, Regency, the 1960s and the 1970s. Prices start at £233.

The bedroom is often the most cramped room in either a house or flat which is why this can be the best place to experiment with mirrored furniture. 

The desire to preserve family harmony is another reason. The other members of your household may prefer the kitchen and living room to be slick and understated, seeing anything mirrored as excessive.

In the bedroom, however, you can indulge your decor fantasies. Habitat has the one-drawer Hepburn bedside table for £76.

Next offers the antique effect Fleur bedside table which costs £225 for the one-drawer version and £275 for the two-drawer version. 

The Fleur is also available as a six-drawer chest for £599 or a £1,150 double wardrobe if you seek to waft around your bedroom channelling your inner 1930s Hollywood screen siren. 

Dunelm’s Venetian mirrored dressing table also offers a chance to live out your dream of silver screen stardom (£449).

If mirrored furniture has brought out your party animal, kindling a passion for Art Deco in every guise, Divine Savages offers Deco Martini wallpaper whose design is based on the geometric forms, with a hidden Martini glass within the print (£150 per roll).

Some of your guests may not be too busy checking out their reflections on the doors of the mirrored cabinet to notice this subtle and witty detail in the wallpaper.

Savings of the week! water jugs… Up to 52% off 

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from is half-price at £22

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from is half-price at £22

Sitting outside on a sunny afternoon is already delightful. But it is even more enjoyable if you are sipping on a cool drink or an iced coffee from a generously sized jug, or maybe even a Pimm’s. The arrival of the July sales means bargains abound.

If you prioritise practicality, Ocado’s textured lustre plastic picnic jug has 33 per cent off at £8.

The price of the pleasingly geometric plastic smoky-grey Prism jug from Wayfair is 16 per cent off at £10.10. 

If you would like to feel as if you are in the south of France, John Lewis has the plain glass Arles wicker-wrapped jug. It is reduced from £25 to £12, down 52 per cent.

Wanting something more elegant that you can also use for flowers? The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from is also half-price at £22.

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