This is going to sound crazy, but when I first found out I was pregnant and started planning the nursery, there was a specific Carver’s Guild mirror that I envisioned in the scheme that I started hunting for almost immediately, but couldn’t find it anywhere secondhand. Even without knowing whether I was having a boy or girl, I just felt like it was the perfect mirror for a nursery.
It’s a very niche item so I wasn’t expecting to find it, but I have seen it on Facebook Marketplace before (and really regret passing it up), so I had hopes I’d come across it again during the nursery planning process.
A whimsical “songbirds” mirror with birds serenading each other while perched on oak branches with leaves and acorns. The gorgeous frame is hand-molded and painted by hand.
It retails for ~$2k online and I obviously wasn’t going to pay full price for it. I’ve been actively searching for this mirror at least 2-3x a week since October without luck, and since I’m so close to finishing the nursery, I figured I should just give up and find a new mirror.
But I’ve found that secondhand shopping always has its unexpected twists and turns. It’s like the universe can sense when you’re about to give up and move on.
So a few days ago, I searched “Carver’s Guild” on FB MP and nearly shat myself when the mirror actually showed up in my feed, and it was only a 20-minute drive away. It was listed for $400 and I was able to negotiate to $350, which to me, is still a good deal for a mirror that retails for over $2k.
The seller told me it was custom-made and therefore didn’t have birds, which was actually fine with me. I was really drawn to the branches and acorns, haha!
I mean, look at that hand-painted detail. Carver’s Guild mirrors are truly exceptional quality.
I’m a sucker for a good mirror view, so I’m planning to hang the mirror over the dresser across from the closet, which will be wallpapered in Sandberg Raphael.
Since the mirror is small and doesn’t take up as much visual space as I’d like on that wall, I like the idea of including some art on one side, while the lamp fills up visual space on the other. I think this room needs something asymmetrical – what do you think?
Or should I put the Carver’s Guild mirror over the crib (art would go on left side wall – not pictured), and then use a larger mirror above the dresser to take up visual space, like this?
Last week, our contractor removed the nursery doors, and this week, he replaced them with new ones.
The evolution of the closet doors, from janky old slab sliders:
Had to paint a green swatch before it was demo’d
Because the door opening was really wide, our contractor closed the space a bit to allow for two standard size 30″ doors
We’re really happy with how they turned out! Just need hardware, which is on the way from Emtek.
- Ordered drapes & hardware from Calico
- Found a glider on FB MP and dropped off at Calico to reupholster in performance fabric
- Bought a rug
- Found a dream bamboo dresser
- Got another dresser for the opposite side of the room (because you can’t have too much storage)
- Bought a new light fixture
- Ordered Radish pillow and fabric through Stuck On Hue
- Demo doors
- Install new doors
- Choose a paint color & paint ceiling, walls, trim and doors
- Remove old, janky closet system
- Install wallpaper in closet
- Install new closet system
- Install new door handles
- Order crib & bedding
- Order lamp for dresser
- *Attempt* DIY pleated lamp shade
- Remove old light & medallion and install new light & medallion
- Install curtains & hardware
- Figure out accent lighting
- Style & photograph
- Give birth
Alisa, you somehow never cease to amaze me with your thrift finds. That mirror is divine and you’re right it’s perfect for a nursery! I say you should try the asymmetrical art.
That mirror is stunning! Great find.
I like the scale of the larger mirror! But also loveeee the smaller one as well as asymmetry. I think you should go with the ladder
Love the mirror! But don’t hang it over the crib as you won’t have much time before the little bebe is standing and reaching for the mirror.
Jenna D says
Stunning! I’d go for over changing table – I was taught to have nothing hanging on wall crib is on that could fall or that baby can eventually reach for. Congratulations!
I like the asymmetry better than the larger mirror over the dresser, feels more interesting. Gorgeous finds as always!
Thank you so much Kimi!!!
Really enjoy your blog. Just a suggestion as you have great taste without my input, but maybe since the mirror doesn’t have any birds on it you could incorporate a set of small bird prints around the mirror over the dresser. I really like it there and just googled these so I am not connected in any way to these folks but I have seen small round bird print sets like these on soderbergsflorist.com (assorted 9.75 inch Round Black Framed Bird Prints – 8 styles (13731A). Your nursery concept is lovely.
Thank you so much Cynthia!!!