Image above, Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Above, Paul Costello photograph of decorator Miles Redd in a mirrored room of his own design.
Above, from Domino's archives, Paul Costello's photograph of a loft decorated by Sara Ruffin Costello in which two mirrors reflect each other, as well as a host of lovely glimmering things.
I was in the audience Sunday when Joan DeJean, author of The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour, spoke at the High Museum of Art. DeJean is a very entertaining expert on "bling king" Louis XIV, and she focused on the sovereign's love of shimmer. Large-scale mirrors used in interiors, she said, are among the glamorous legacies of Louis XIV's reign.
In the late 17th century, the French stole the Venetians' mirror-making secrets and learned to craft bigger mirrors that beautifully reflected glimmering pieces in a room -- crystal, silver, candlelight, jewels -- as well as outdoor gardens. Of course, the ultimate use of reflective glass was Louis XIV's Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Below, another successful use of mirrors that I've posted before but had to include again here: decorator Kevin Haley's home as seen in House & Garden October 2004.