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A Ceiling Treatment of 2128 Mirrors

They say that the best things come in small packages-or something like that….Well, I think that our little studio bathroom (in progress) is definitely proof of that.




After spending quite a bit lot of time in stenciling the upper and lower walls with some of the new Moroccan stencil designs from Royal Design Studio (thank you Karen and Vicki!) the next area to tackle will be the ceiling. This is one of those projects that just seems to grow exponentially as it goes along. I’m a firm believer that once you start down a path of excess decoration you have to just keep letting that snowball grow as it rolls down the hill.


For example-rather than just paint the ceiling this lovely shade of metallic teal and leave it at that, I’ve decided that the only thing that will “do” is an allover treatment of silver leaf accented with small round mirrors. 2,128 mirrors to be exact. I did it first on a sample board to see if it was going to be worth all the work. I definitely think so-and will tackle it when I return from my painting trip to Italy. It will really pull in the silver leafed poem by Rumi that runs around the room just above the Moroccan zellij tile treatment.

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that site becomes this art. -Rumi


  1. It is incredibly beautiful! I just love it.

  2. Rhonda Canales

    Delicious! Is the entire pattern created out of various sized mirrors? I love the way the reflected light creates a pattern on the wall. Will you glue the mirrors in place?
    I just love this idea.

  3. When are “you”(me)tackling the ceiling? Let me know so I can pencil it in to “your” (my) schedule?
    That sample board gives me chills. It’s going to be drop dead gorgeous.

  4. So gorj! I wish I was joining Melanie (Karen) in working on this! 😉

  5. Karen-I (you) need to get this done soon, though I (I) think I should give your neck a break on this one. Then, I (we) need to do something cool in the door and floor!

    Rhonda-I sized the pattern to fit the 3/4″ mirror circles. The smaller circles will be silver leafed. Yes-glued on!

  6. There’s no stopping you, is there, Melanie ?!?!
    As always-Inspiring. 🙂 Wonderful

  7. this is beautiful! May I know what font you used for the Rumi poem?

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