Builder Grade Blues? Upgrade!

Mar 24, 2015 10:48:35 AM

It’s time to beat those Builder Grade Blues! New construction and builder spec homes can lack the details and finishes that give a home character and a finished feel. Things like mirrors are often left bare and unframed in an effort on the builder’s part to save on building costs.

Lisa Huntting, the president and inventor or MirrorMate, lived in such a home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She created MirrorMate to easily and affordably solve this all-to-common issue.

Beyond adding a frame in the bathroom, some other great ways to incorporate warmth into the home is through paint, the use of textures and layering of fabrics, window treatments and moldings. It’s so important to make your house a home – one that reflects personal style and taste. Start by choosing one of 65 different frame styles to frame out that mirror, and you’ll be on your way to saying "Good-bye to the Builder Grade" in your home.

Builder Grade Blues Before and After

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We’re in the planning stages for photography with some of our newer frame styles – and others that we wanted great in-room photos for. Our amazing design consultant Kate Hart has once again worked her magic to put together design boards that incorporate our frames, a vanity, lighting fixtures and more. These are the jumping off point for the entire room design. We thought we’d give you a sneak peek of one of them – with more to come in the next few weeks!  We hope they give you some inspiration and great DIY mirror frame ideas.

Featured in this board are MirrorMate’s Chelsea Pewter Bronze frame and the Pemaquid Dark Bronze frame - the perfect complement to bronze fixtures.

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The edges of the plate glass bathroom mirrors pictured below are desilvering, or losing the silver coating on the back of the mirror. The result is a jagged, blackened marking along the edge and corner. This damage is typical in bathroom settings due to repeated exposure to moisture and cleaning supplies that seep behind the mirror.   

Seen in hotels and homes alike, desilvering can give a dated and dingy appearance to an otherwise clean and well-functioning bathroom. 

While the first thought may be to replace the mirror, be mindful that large, wall-mounted mirrors are often difficult to remove and may be glued in place.  The easiest, most cost-effective and eco-friendly option is to utilize a frame to cover the desilvering.  This allows homeowners and hotels to retain the current wall mirror. 

MirrorMate’s patented mirror frames are specifically designed to cover the mirror’s clips and press directly onto the glass while on the wall.  It will immediately cover the desilvered edges and upgrade the look of the entire bathroom. 

Host of Today’s Homeowner, Danny Lipford, added a MirrorMate frame in Acadia Dove White to the plate glass mirror show above left.  Here you can see the transformation the frame made. 

Brooklyn-based Graphic Designer Justin van Deursen added a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Slim Old World Silver to the desilvering medicine cabinet shown below. You can read a post on this makeover here

For other mirror makeovers, visit and get started on your own makeover by ordering frame samples in any of MirrorMate’s 65 frame styles

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A Recent Makeover.

Feb 4, 2015 11:23:54 AM

Hi. I’m Justin. I wanted to share my makeover with you. I’ve been doing graphic design for MirrorMate for several years (I hope you like the eblasts and stuff!). I was anxious to try the product myself after learning all about it.

To give you a little background I live in a typically small, Brooklyn, NY apartment with a tiny, easily forgettable bathroom and I wanted to spruce it up a bit and add some much-needed character. I have brushed metal features throughout the room. I also have a very small medicine cabinet mounted into the wall that had a 1/2” beveled, de-silvering edge all around it. It was definitely the sad spot in the bathroom. After ordering samples, I chose Pemaquid Slim in Old World Silver because it matched the metal in the bathroom perfectly and because it was narrow and would fit the small scale of the medicine cabinet well. Plus it’s pretty! I was concerned that the door would no longer open fully, but after speaking with the customer service staff I felt confident that it would all work out well. And it did!

The box arrived this week and I went to work (or play, really). It took me about 9 minutes from start to finish to assemble and install it! I took some before and after pictures to forever record the miraculous difference. I am thrilled! 

Bathroom makeover

Bathroom makeover 2

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2015 HGTV Dream Home Bathrooms!

Jan 27, 2015 11:31:18 AM

It’s always nice to dream isn’t it! Take a look inside the beautiful bathrooms in the 2015 HGTV Dream Home on Martha’s Vineyard. There’s still time to enter, as I do every year! First up is the master bathroom – featuring crisp white cabinetry and detailing, marble counters and a soothing blue paint color reminiscent of the sea.

Next, the guest bathroom painted in another blue hue with great depth, a gorgeous mirror frame and the same crisp white cabinetry and marble counter. Love the pop of orange against the blue walls!

See the rest of this island escape at over at

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Top Pins from 2014

Jan 7, 2015 3:18:57 PM

2014 was a year filled with great “pinspiration.” We took a look back to round up the images that topped the charts as the most pinned on the MirrorMate board - and we share them with you here.  From beautiful bathrooms to paint colors, we hope these images, and those to come in the new year, continue to inspire you at home and beyond. Please join us over at if you haven’t already.    





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Silver stole the show in 2014, as the color of choice for six of MirrorMate’s top 10 selling styles.  

It should be dually noted that bronze was also in high demand as the color for three out of the top four selling styles.  

Many of our ornate styles like Grandezza, Bellemeade, Venetian and Acadia were featured in these popular color selections. 


Shop our popular Silver and Bronze frame styles and order samples during our Sample Sale running through February 2. You’ll receive 3 frame samples for just $1 or 6 for only $2. Find the one that’s right for you. It’s a New Year, a perfect time for a new look!

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MirrorMate Giveaway!

Nov 26, 2014 10:12:39 AM

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Mirror Makeovers by YOU

Nov 7, 2014 10:08:16 AM

We're always delighted to see the makeovers our customers have achieved with the frames we've sent out. Each is uniquely beautiful - and all are inspiring.  Here we share some of the many amazing makeover photos you've sent in over the last few months.

Broadway Brushed Chrome                                                                                 Pacifica White Cap

Chelsea Silver Streak                                                                                                             Cherokee Montauk Sand

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For homeowners looking to make their home stand out from the pack, a bathroom rehab is always tops on the list. But, according to Remodeling Magazine, the national average cost of for a bathroom remodel in 2014 is a whopping $16,128. So, how can homeowners who are on a budget get that updated look for less? 

“Knowing what’s in and what’s out in bathroom design is important for homeowners deciding where to spend their makeover dollars,” explains Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist, Will Smith. “I suggest they look at four key areas: the mirror, paint, hardware and lighting.  Each can be easily and inexpensively updated to provide a new, modern look for the bathroom.”

Smith, who is known for creating high end looks for less, shares his tips for making over a bathroom on a budget – without sacrificing style:

Bathroom Mirror

What’s Out:  Unframed, builders-grade mirrors are a thing of the past. 

What’s In:  A frame completes the mirror and gives a bathroom a finished, updated look. Adding a MirrorMate frame directly to the mirror, while on the wall is an easy, affordable update. A good tip for selecting a frame is to think about what you’d frame a piece of artwork in for the room. The mirror is the focal point in the bathroom and can make a real statement with the right frame. DIY mirror frames are the first step towards an elegant, and inexpensive bathroom remodel.


What’s Out:  Paint is never out.  It is a tried and true way to make a big impact with little cost. Colors do change though – you’ll want to stay away from mauves and pinks. 

What’s In:  Create a spa-like setting with paints in beige and pale tones. Some popular colors are chocolate, aqua, olive, and golds.  When choosing color, remember the more contrast, the more “POP.”

(image via Better Homes & Gardens)


What’s Out:  Mismatched hardware can give the room an uncoordinated feel. 

What’s In:  Choose brushed nickel, pewter, antique or oil-rubbed bronze finishes that coordinate with the lighting and fixtures, bath bars, knobs, pulls, switches and receptacle covers. These quick fixes pull the room together with one modern, cohesive look.


What’s Out:  Take down that bright, bare-bulbed Hollywood lighting that casts a harsh light.

What’s In:  Go with a fixture that adds beauty and soft lighting with shades or sconces. They can run above your mirror or flank it on each side. And remember, these accent your room’s greatest focal point so be sure to select a style that is right for you and makes a statement in the room.

(image via Shades of Light)

“You don’t need to do a full scale renovation to get the look of an updated bath,” explains Smith. “Some strategic and cost-effective changes can go a long way to giving you the look you desire.”

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On a budget? Designer Kate Hart, one of America’s top home stagers (and MirrorMate’s design consultant!) shows us how it’s possible to transform the look of your home with little - or even no money.

“It just means smart, selective shopping and getting creative,” explains Kate. “Rearrange, reuse, swap with friends, buy second hand and most of all, have fun with it.”

Shop Your Home:  If you are looking to make a change consider taking pieces from other rooms to make the transformation. Need some fun new toss pillows for your family room sofa?  Swipe pillow shams from the guest room and recover the pillows you already have. And for a more luxurious look in the master bedroom, don’t be afraid to separate matching sets of end tables from the living room.

Shop Second Hand:  If you are looking for affordable furniture do not be afraid to shop consignment, thrift, or used furniture stores. Baby boomers, executives who are relocating and athletes often choose to sell their furniture and purchase new furniture when they make the move.  Often times you can find almost new brand name items if you know where to look.

Add Some Color: To give your room an instant update, consider repainting it a new, on-trend color. If you are scared to make a big color commitment, paint one wall in your room an accent color such as the wall behind your bed or paint the backs of your bookcases to add architectural interest.

Give an Old Mirror a New Look:  MirrorMate provides you with the do it yourself mirror frame will instantly turn your builder’s grade, outdated mirror into a custom work of art.Adding custom molding or trim to a room is one of the most costly parts of a design job.  If you are updating your bathroom do not remove your existing plate glass mirror. Reframe it instead. MirrorMate provides you with the do it yourself mirror frame will instantly turn your builder’s grade, outdated mirror into a custom work of art. They offer lots of frame finishes to choose from and are an affordable, do-it-yourself alternative to custom millwork.

Repaint, Don’t Replace: Old cabinets got you down? Pink porcelain in the powder room making you pout? Don’t invest in replacing those items, repaint them instead. Reglazing your bathroom tile or repainting your kitchen cabinets can be done for a fraction of installing a new kitchen or bathroom. 

Add some Bling:  Kitchens and bathrooms can be some of the most expensive rooms to remodel. If budget is an issue, make over your existing cabinets with some new hardware. Choose a chrome handle for a contemporary look and a brushed nickel or bronze for a more traditional one. Complete the transformation by adding new faucets to the sinks to coordinate with the new hardware.

Bring the Outside in:  If you are looking for fun and affordable décor for your home consider finding what you need in the great outdoors. Create a dramatic centerpiece in seconds by collecting various branches from your yard, securing them in a bundle with twine and sticking them into a tall hurricane in the center of your table.

Negotiate:  If you see a piece of furniture that you love do not assume that you have to pay sticker price. Research similar items online and ask your furniture or home décor store if they are willing to match a price or reduce their fee. Negotiate to have them remove delivery or installation charges if you are willing to pick up the items yourself. Buying more than one piece? Some stores offer discounts the more you buy.

These money-saving tips make it possible for anyone, on any budget, to get a new look that will give you a whole new outlook.

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Have you ever wondered if you could put up a MirrorMate frame? How big of a job would it be? Are you handy enough? Take a minute to watch this catchy little video.  Then you’ll ask the question – is there anyone who can’t install a MirrorMate frame?? We don’t think so!

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We love easy, affordable – and effective bathroom updates.  We were thrilled when asked us to be part of their story, “11 Ways to Revamp Your Bathroom for $100 or Less”.  Checkout the MirrorMate mirror makeover, and 10 other budget bathroom makeover ideas over at

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Designer Kate Hart worked her magic once again with the creation of this “Farmhouse Chic” design board that was used as the basis of one of the rooms in our 2014 photo shoot. 

“Design trends for 2014 still echo rustic elements mixed with traditional styling,” explains Designer Kate Hart. “This farmhouse chic space utilizes a weathered oak vanity with a carrera top and warm bronze accents. The updated floral wallpaper looks great offset by a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Dark Bronze, Chelsea Pewter Bronze or the Providence Oiled Bronze.”

While we LOVE the wallpaper shown above, we were also smitten with a paneled wall that was on-site and gave a similar rustic vibe. Below is a full room photo featuring the Pemaquid Dark Bronze.


And the before and after to show the difference a frame can make.  Frame shown: Providence Oiled Bronze.  

Want to get the look in your home? Kate Hart shared the products she used in her design board so you can replicate the room!

Products Specified:

Frame: MirrorMate, Acadia Oiled BronzePemaquid Dark BronzeProvidence Oiled Bronze

Vanity: Fairmont, Rustic 48” Vanity with carrera top.

Lighting: Kichler, Lacey Collection One Light Sconce.  

Faucet: Delta, Cassidy in Venetian Bronze

Wallpaper:  Thibaut, Rittenhouse Blue and Tan T4146.

Accents:  I recommend all white tulips or boxwood topiaries. You could also add some rustic elements like woven baskets and sea shells.

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Designer Kate Hart was the visionary behind this year’s photoshoot, developing the design boards that were used to create the rooms. The first called “Sophisticated Traditional” features the Mayfair frame in Black Tie and Bellemeade in Vintage Silver. 

“This space is sophisticated yet whimsical with a grey painted vanity, brushed nickel faucets, crystal accent lighting and a pop of color with a chinoiserie wallpaper” explains Kate Hart. “Adding a MirrorMate frame in Mayfair or Bellemeade Silver completes the space.”

Here the design board comes to life in the rooms it inspired. 


Want to get the look in your home? Kate Hart shares the products she recommends to achieve a similar look in your space.

Products Specified:

Frame: MirrorMate, Mayfair Black Tie and Champagne Toast, Bellemeade Vintage Silver.

Vanity: Fairmont, Smithfield Collection Medium Grey Vanity with Blizzard Quartz or Black Absolute top.

Lighting: Robert Abbey, Latitude Wall Sconce in Brushed Nickel. 

Faucet: Grohe, Parkfield in Brushed Nickel.

Wallpaper: Thibaut South Sea in Turquoise T16019 or Yellow T16024

Accents: I recommend lilac or white tulips or mercury glass votives for this space. 

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Pin it to Win it!

Jun 17, 2014 12:33:58 PM

To unveil our new photography for 2014, we’re hosting a Pin & Win.  Enter below through June 30 for the chance to win a $150 shopping credit to  Be sure to check out all our new before and after pictures over on our Makeovers page.  The design for each bathroom was put together by the talented Kate Hart.  They’re beautiful rooms that we hope “pinspire”!

To enter, pin the image above and copy the pin url from Pinterest into the box below. Also be sure to join the MirrorMate mailing list below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How we Love Houzz...

Jun 11, 2014 5:23:07 PM

How we Love Houzz...

Let us count the ways…

1)    It’s a fabulous, fast growing site for inspiration- and a great place to find local pros.

2)    It is like a free, online magazine chock full of images to get your creative juices going. 

3)    It’s even better than a magazine because you can search for just what you’re looking for. Working on your bathroom? Peruse thousands of bathroom images.  

4)    There are mirror makeovers galore! Recently we got specific and searched for MirrorMate. What did we find? Some fabulous makeover images we’d never seen before from some very talented designers. Here’s a sampling...




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We begin this series with a look at…our new saw!  To some it might not sound exciting, but to a frame company it is just about the greatest thing since sliced bread.  And it’s no ordinary saw, may we say. ☺  It is the first saw of its kind in a North American framing operation.

It’s unique because it is a computer-controlled double miter saw and router in one and allows orders to flow directly to the saw for unsurpassed accuracy.  To operate, the QR code that is printed on each order sheet is scanned and the machine automatically adjusts to the correct molding style, thickness and width within seconds. The saw then performs two distinct functions: a miter cut to the custom length and routing the dovetail key hole which vary by molding style and width. The custom-cut frame is then packed and shipped to you – ready to be assembled by pressing the Dovetail Keys into those Key Holes and connecting the corners. 

It’s an exciting time as we just moved to a larger facility, are implementing the new saw and brought on Tony Blatnik as Operations Manager to oversee it all.  He’s pictured here alongside the new saw. 

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We are thrilled to have been featured on the Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated TV show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford.  Host Danny Lipford and his team did an amazing job updating a dated bathroom – all on a budget.  The changes, while inexpensive, were certainly high impact.  Here’s a sneak peek of the before and after. 

A MirrorMate frame in Acadia Dove White was added to the plate glass mirror during the makeover – and got a wonderful reaction from both Danny and the homeowner.  You can watch the MirrorMate part of the makeover here…

Or view the entire show on the Today’s Homeowner website.


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Mar 31, 2014 10:50:16 AM

If you’re a fan of MirrorMate, we know you love DIY! You had seen that unframed, bare mirror for too long – and did something about it.  You framed your mirror.  And WOW what a difference it made.  Best of all, you did it yourself – and it was easy, right?  In that same spirit, we thought we’d round up some other great DIY products we thought you’d love to try.  Say bye, bye to basic and hello to beautiful – throughout the house. 


Here are a few of our favorites:

-       Cutting Edge Stencils:  There’s no need for expensive, difficult to use wallpaper.  Stencil!  The folks at Cutting Edge Stencils offer a very impressive array of stencil ideas to get a look you love on your walls.  Perhaps the bathroom would be the perfect room to start!

-       Rust-o-leum Cabinet Transformations:  This makes it easy to turn that dated cabinet (whether kitchen or bath) into a modern marvel.  Better than paint, this coating process will provide a result that looks like new – without a chip.  Add some new hardware and you’re looking like new for so much less. Oh, and they have it for countertops and tile too – genius! The photo below features a double makeover – cabinet and a MirrorMate frame from the blog FabEveryday.


-       My O’verlays:  The lovely ladies over at My O’verlays create some gorgeous patterns to glam up the basic.  Add an O’verlay to a bland IKEA cabinet and you have quite a custom creation.  They’ve even tried it on a MirrorMate frame for fun!

-       Stikwood:  Being a peel and stick frame company, you knew we’d love a peel and stick wood plank company, right? Doesn’t get easier than that! Designers always talk texture – whether a sisal rugs or in textiles.  How about on the walls?  This is a great place to get that warm, rustic feel and makes for an amazing accent wall. The video alone makes us want to get going.  Imagine a beachy driftwood feel, or rustic cabin, or hip nightspot.


Do you have other DIY products you love? It’s fun to share. Let us know!  

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We wanted to share an absolutely beautiful makeover that was recently done by blogger Anna Mosley at Ask Anna.  She transformed her entire bathroom and finished it off with a MirrorMate frame in Bellemeade Vintage Silver.  The silver accents around the room really tie it together. What a high end look!  Visit her blogfor all the details and to enter her frame giveaway.  Here’s a quick sneak peek of what she did!


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Customer Makeover Spotlight

Mar 13, 2014 6:30:26 PM

We’ve had some nice makeovers submitted by customers lately that we wanted to spotlight. The first is a before and after that included painting the cabinet, adding hardware and installing a MirrorMate frame in Tribeca Burnished Brown and Silver. Simple changes that truly took the room from dated to on-trend! 


Our second makeover features the addition to of a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Porcelain White. The North Carolina homeowners made over all the mirrors in their home.  The frames added style and a complete look to builder’s grade bathrooms.


If you’re looking for more inspiration – or a chance to WIN a frame of your own – check out the Ask Anna blog starting on 3.14 for her mirror makeover and a giveaway!

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Shop By Color

Feb 14, 2014 9:43:33 AM


While the weather may be gray, there is no reason your home needs to be. Here we take a look at the array of colors available in 2014 frame line – making it easy to shop by color. View frames available in blackwhitegoldsilver & gray, bronze & brown, and wood tones.  Order samples and find a frame that makes your mirror pop.  Need help choosing the right one? There are over 65 to choose from so if you need help selecting your frame, email for her personalized design advice.  

Want to share with friends or bookmark it for your design files? Pin it, Like it or Tweet the frames you love with the icons below!

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We love Property Brothers and the vision for a home that they so adeptly turn into realty on the show. The properties are often unrecognizable when they’re done. So as a fan, it was much to the delight of MirrorMate’s inventor and president, Lisa Huntting, to turn on HGTV one night and find them making over a bathroom with a MirrorMate frame!

As you can see in this snapshot from the show, they used Bellemeade Vintage Silver on the mirror. We’re hoping to track down the actual video from the show but in the meantime wanted to share this photo – and say thanks to Drew and Scott for the MirrorMate makeover!


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Q&A With Designer Kate Hart Part III

Jan 3, 2014 2:30:33 PM

Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your holidays. We’re starting to take down the decorations and de-clutter around here. January is always such a great time to organize and work on those inside projects we’ve had on our lists.  For those with bathroom updates on the horizon, we wanted to share the last installment of Kate Hart’s Design Q&A that offers some help in selecting the MirrorMate frame(s) that are right for you. Once again, don’t hesitate to contact her directly at with your own specific questions. For now, here are two more commonly asked questions she receives. 

Q: Should I frame the mirror over my double sinks as one large mirror or split it up into two?

A: It can add a lot of architectural interest to a space to frame the mirrors separately. In order to determine the proper size, use painter’s tape and frame out each section so you can see how it will look. I recommend centering the frame over each sink and leaving the same amount of space on each side. Ideally you would keep 1/3 of the mirror over one sink, 1/3 of unframed mirror between the sinks and 1/3 of mirror framed over the other sink. Sometimes this is not possible due to the size of the vanity and framing it as one large mirror makes more sense. I’m always happy to review a photo of your individual bathroom and give you a recommendation.


Q: Should I use the same MirrorMate frame in all my bathrooms?

A: I love mixing up the frame choices and giving each space a unique look. With so many styles and colors to choose from it’s easy to give each bathroom a look you love. Some clients do like a coordinated look and achieve that through matching frames throughout the home. It is a good rule of thumb to have your powder room coordinate with surrounding décor.

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Q&A With Designer Kate Hart Part II

Dec 18, 2013 2:27:13 PM

For part 2 of our 3 part series, Kate Hart answers two more of your most commonly asked design questions.  As always, feel free to contact Kate Hart with your own personal questions as well at

Q: How much space should I leave between the lighting and the top of the frame?

A: For many, the mirror and lighting are fixed and you won’t have an option. If you are able to select where your lighting is going to be, I would advise 3-4 inches from the bottom of the light fixture to the top of your mirror frame. This includes any globes or shades that may hang down.

Q: Should my MirrorMate frame match my hardware or my vanity color?

A: I like to think of a frame as the finishing touch in your space. It is like adding jewelry to your room. While it’s always safe to coordinate the frame with the hardware or fixtures, you can also think of your mirror as a piece of artwork in the room and frame it in a style you’d choose to frame a picture. The frame could even coordinate - or contrast - with the countertop or flooring.

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This holiday season, we’re combining our latest frame sale with a charity donation to a very worthy non-profit.  When you make a purchase of a MirrorMate frame between now and December 16, you’ll not only receive $12 off, but we’ll also GIVE $12 to Dwell with Dignity

Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.

Your frame purchase will support the charity, but if you would like to donate directly or learn more about the non-profit, please visit them at  We appreciate the support – and applaud the efforts of the folks at Dwell with Dignity.

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Q&A With Designer Kate Hart

Dec 3, 2013 2:57:45 PM

We’re starting a new 3-part series featuring a Q&A with Designer Kate Hart.  She’ll share her answers here to some of the most common design questions she receives from MirrorMate customers.  Kate is a wonderful resource to help get your makeover off to a great start. 


Q: With so many different frame styles, how do I pick the one that is right for me? 

A: The best way to determine the right frame for you and your bathroom is to order samples. You can hold them up to your mirror to get a good idea of how the frame will look in your bathroom. You can also always email me photos of your bathroom and I will provide suggested styles. 


Q: How do you determine whether or not to use a wide or narrow MirrorMate frame?

A: Narrow frames (under 3” wide) like Cherokee SlimBroadway Slim Line and Pemaquid Slim tend to give the space a more streamlined, contemporary look and work best with smaller mirrors. The wider, more detailed frames (over 3” wide) like Grandezza,Tribeca and Providence give a richer look. I recommend ordering samples as well as using painter’s tape cut to the width you’re considering and placing it around the mirror before you make your purchase. That way you can envision the frame and mirror proportions.

Cherokee Slim vs Cherokee:

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The influx of holiday guests is on the horizon.  Now’s the time to get your home ready for holiday hosting – and finish those home project that have been put on the back burner.  Home Stager Kate Hart, shares some easy, high-impact ways to get your home ready in a jingle:


  • Focus on the high-traffic zones.  Kitchens, bathrooms and guest rooms are in high-use when overnight guests arrive.
  • Tackle only the simple, do-it-yourself home updates that will have instant impact.  For easy upgrades, consider a quick coat of fresh paint, new cabinet hardware and switching out dated lighting fixtures.  Tip: Add dimmer switches in bathrooms to serve as nightlights, and over dining tables to create just the right ambiance for the holiday meal.
  • Adding a frame to any unframed bathroom mirrors immediately gives a finished look to the room – and will add great style to your guests’ reflection. Tip:  MirrorMate is a great resource for DIY mirror frames that install in minutes, pressing right onto the glass while the mirror stays on the wall.

  • Ensure there is space in the closet and drawers so guests can unpack.  Guest rooms tend to house many of our unworn or infrequently worn clothes.  Looking to make space? Tip: This is a great time of year to donate clothes and coats to charities like the Salvation Army.
  • New crisp linens, down pillows and fluffy white towels give a luxurious feel to the bed and bath. Try HomeGoods for a great selection of quality, affordable linens and towels. Tip:  Roll up extra towels in a basket in the guest room for easy access.



  • A few hotel-style touches can go a long way in guest quarters. Think little soaps, shampoos and a few books for the nightstand – anything that might make a guest’s stay more comfortable. Tip: An area travel guide book is a fun, useful item for the bedside.
  • Clean and de-clutter before the decorations come out!

“Now’s the time to finish up those house projects,” says Kate Hart.  “Simply cleaning and de-cluttering before decorations come out will help start the holidays off right.  Your decorations can really be showcased, making for a highlight in a holiday home.” 

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It’s about that time to start thinking about getting ready for holiday guests.  This month, This Old House magazine offers up 29 easy upgrades that will get your home set for guests to arrive.  And, we’re thrilled to be tip #7! The bathroom is always a high use zone – so a quick update of the mirror is a great way to dress the room up in just minutes. Read the This Old House article and tips here.

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Customer Love

Oct 22, 2013 11:56:23 AM

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful customers who share their love – and their makeovers! We thought we’d pass along some of the nice notes and photos we’ve gotten lately.  Please keep them coming, we just love to hear what you have to say!

"I can't stop staring at my updated master bathroom!! All because of two new frames!! Love, love, love this product. Now that I've redone one bathroom, I'm updating the others, too. This is really a relatively cheap investment in updating the look of your entire bathroom. These frames really warm it up. The quality is great, they were easy to assemble and install, and much easier than ripping out old mirrors. Thank you for a great product!" – Sunny Walters

“OMG!!! Thank you so much Mirror Mate!!!! My new mirror frame is the most beautiful frame I have ever seen!!! When I finish the bathroom I'll post pictures. So easy to install and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!” -Tammy Flagg

“Wow! We just received our new frame today and installed it this evening. We could not be more pleased! It arrived promptly and was even nicer than we had anticipated. Installation really was quite easy and the results are fabulous! We love, love, love your product and will be recommending it to family and friends. Thanks for a great experience!” - Sharon Taylor

“I just wanted to take a moment to let you guys know how much my husband and I absolutely LOVE our new mirror frames. We went from builder basic glass mirrors to a truly custom, luxurious look. The mirrors actually look even bigger than before. We were excited about what we expected the new look to be, but were absolutely blown away once the frames were actually up. It was a 'simple' solution that made a huge difference in our bathrooms. We would definitely recommend your company and this product to anyone who asks.”


Donna & Chuck Renner


“Just a note to thank you for your workmanship and the speed with which you sent our order.I have just completed the installation of both frames and they are "beautiful."  My wife is very impressed the quality of their appearance.  I want to commend you on your installation instructions.  They were very clear, easy to read and comprehend and when followed to the tee, they worked.  It has been a pleasure to work on this project.  The materials, the clarity of instructions and the timelines were easy to follow and most of all, the results were a major improvement to each of the rooms. Thanks for being a QUALITY company.”


Edward M. Ridout

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Our designer Kate Hart recently sent along this before and after makeover that one of our customers sent to her.   The two had collaborated over the best frame style for the bathroom (Cherokee Espresso Walnut was selected) – and it went one step further.  Kate suggested the stencil design over wallpaper for the room as an easier and less costly update.  What an impact!  The before and after is stunning – and we’re so delighted that Kate and our customers are making such a great team! If you’re looking for a little help in selecting the frame that is right for your bathroom, don’t hesitate to contact Kate at


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Originally published as a CNN iReport

Lisa Huntting, a single mom from Charlotte, NC, moved into a home with bare, plate glass bathroom mirrors and was inspired. Despite the fact that the mirrors were affixed the wall, Lisa knew there had to be a way to frame them and give the room a finished look. She created the first mirror frame in her garage - and in the last 8 years has built a business around it manufacturing and selling DIY mirror framing kits. Today, she employs 15 from her North Carolina manufacturing facility and has sold millions of frames to homeowners around the country via her website,

“There are new construction homes, or those built in the 1980's everywhere that need framed mirrors,” says Huntting. “We've made it into an easy DIY project - no cutting or special tools required.” 

Customers choose from over 65 styles, order the frame to fit their mirror's measurements and the frame comes ready to assemble. Then the pre-taped frame simply presses onto the mirror. The transformation is remarkable. Hotels, apartment buildings -even Kelly Ripa's dressing room - sport MirrorMate frames.

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Oodles of Makeovers

Sep 11, 2013 9:00:38 AM



We asked and you answered!  We knew you were a talented bunch – and you showed us that in our “Show Us Your Makeover” promotion.  We wanted to showcase some of our favorites, but know this isn’t all! We will continue to be delighted with any you send our way - so please email makeover photos to, upload them to Facebook or include them on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #iframedmymirror! Enjoy the makeovers below!

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Vote for MirrorMate

Aug 30, 2013 8:47:15 AM

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Show Off Your Makeover

Aug 9, 2013 8:32:27 AM

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Completing your Mirror Makeover

Jul 26, 2013 10:34:09 AM

For those of you who have ordered a sample, but not yet a frame we wanted to share some references to help complete your project.  We’re here to help so don’t hesitate to ask us!

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It only makes sense that the President and Founder of MirrorMate loves bathrooms.  It was the bare bathroom mirrors in her home that were the impetus for MirrorMate frames as an easy, affordable way for homeowners around the country to frame their own bare, bathroom mirrors.  So when it came time for Lisa to re-do one of the bathrooms that kick-started the company, she took her time turning her master bathroom into a showstopper – a highlight of her Charlotte, NC home.  

She found the vintage chandelier at her favorite Charlotte-area consignment shop, South End Exchange

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Customize Your MirrorMate Frame

Jul 17, 2013 8:22:35 AM

Framing a large, plate glass mirror provides a finished, designer look for the bathroom – that we know. But one customer took it a step further, and impressed us with a truly custom frame installation.  By adding two vertical frame pieces to visually break up the massive mirror, he was able to achieve an undoubtedly high-end look.  (Style shown: Cherokee Cherry Chocolate

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Welcome to summer! Whether you live at the beach or just like to visit, there is a way to bring that seaside state of mind home.  The new Waterside frame is a shimmering, leather wrapped style available in shades of Oyster, Pearl and Seafoam.

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Sherwin Williams Top Bathroom Paint Colors

It’s National Painting Week and to celebrate, we asked Sherwin-Williams what their most popular paint colors are for the bathroom.  Here are their top four hues – all very light and airy, just perfect for a bathroom.

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Home Staging Tips from Kate Hart

Apr 12, 2013 11:50:46 AM

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As the all-important spring selling season approaches, sellers need to do all they can to market their home – and that includes staging it to attract and “wow” potential buyers. Home stagers know just the right moves to make to take a house from bland to grand and bring home the biggest return on investment.  Their tricks of the trade and answers to common design dilemmas can make all the difference in selling a home – as well as enjoying one.

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If you’ve stayed in a hotel lately you may have noticed that framed mirrors are becoming the rule, not the exception.  Those hotels that don’t have framed mirrors yet are getting them, as seen at this Comfort Inn who shared a photo with us of a newly installed MirrorMate frame inCherokee Natural Cherry.  Adds a nice warmth to the room, doesn’t it?

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating

Apr 5, 2013 2:03:44 PM


Did you know April is National Decorating Month?  What a great time to shake off the winter blues and freshen up the home for spring.  Fortunately, we have Kate Hart, the nation’s leading Home Stager, who has provided us with some decorating rules-of-the-road to help us decorate like a pro, and answer questions many of us ask like…Are my drapes the right length? Area rugs the right size? Accessories grouped the right way?

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Perhaps you have samples at home and just can’t decide.  Maybe you’re looking at the over 60 styles at and need help narrowing down what’s right for you.  Interior Designer Kate Hart is here to help.

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Tobi Fairley (the interior designer you see gracing the pages of Traditional Home on a near monthly basis!) put together some great tips on personalizing to a new construction bathroom in a recent post on her blog.

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Bring the hotel-look home!

Apr 5, 2013 1:55:29 PM


While it’s sad to see summer vacations come to an end, there’s no reason you can’t bring the look and feel of the hotel home with you to enjoy on all year long.  To help us achieve the hotel look in our own bed and baths, we asked two top hospitality designers to share their tips.

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Watch the MirrorMate Transformation!

Apr 5, 2013 10:59:17 AM

We just put the finishing touches on a new MirrorMate video.  It shows some great transformations taking place, and just what you need to do to make it happen.  Click here to watch it on YouTube and let us know what you think!

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Customizing Your Frame

Apr 5, 2013 10:58:10 AM

Framing a large plate glass mirror provides a finished, designer look for the bathroom...

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HGTV Dream Home Bathrooms!

Apr 5, 2013 10:53:37 AM

Each year we look forward to announcement of the new HGTV Dream Home. This year did not disappoint with a beautiful, eco-friendly home in Kiawah Island, South Carolina – not far from Charleston.  Views of marshes, a serene color palette of greens and blues, and of course, gorgeous furnishings make it a dream home for sure.  Checking out the bathrooms are always a top priority for us, so without further ado, here are some photos of the three featured bathrooms in the home.

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MirrorMate’s Top 10 Frames of 2012

Apr 5, 2013 10:36:15 AM


With the year having just come to a close, we love to look back to see what’s been the top selling frames and what trends we can draw from it.  This year’s top 10 most popular frames are...

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Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

Apr 5, 2013 10:29:38 AM



According to Pantone, 2013 is going to be like Saint Patrick’s day all year long – with everything awash in emerald!  The color has been named “Color of the Year” by color experts.

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We were excited to see recent work done by a very talented designer, Sean Cowan of Sean Michael Designs in Chicago, IL.  His makeover of this bathroom included a MirrorMate frame in Cherokee Espresso Walnut.  He selected one of the more modern and sleek styles to achieve this look, but almost any of the contemporary frames in the line could be utilized. We just love the unique overhead lighting as well!

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White Bathrooms are White Hot

Oct 22, 2012 10:37:26 AM


We love the look of a white bathroom. It’s clean, bright and oh so current.

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Becky shares her a favorite craft project with us, making a “Give Thanks” board to showcase cards, thank you notes and other mementos from family and friends.

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