Peacock Mirror

There is a wall in our back parlor that has been calling out for a mirror. I hung the Lily mirror from our old house as a placeholder, but it felt a bit too girly for the space. The gold sunburst mirror in the first photo from the other day’s post would have been perfect! Alas, at seven hundred and something dollars, it’s going to have to go and be perfect in the home of someone else. I started looking around yesterday for some possible alternatives, and I found a peacock mirror at Pier 1 via Copy Cat Chic. My local store had one in stock, so I figured I’d walk over and take a look. I hadn’t planned on buying it right away, but two small mirrors were missing and it was being sold “as-is” for a steal. Yes! I had wanted a peacock mirror for the house since we first knew we were going to be moving here!

Peacock Mirror

Honestly, it’s so busy that the flaws are hard to spot. There were a couple of scuffs that I’ve already touched up with gold paint, and I’ll pick up a couple of small mirrors from the craft store to replace the missing ones. After it’s all fixed up, it will be good as new! Once again, I am all about the floor model.

Independent Shopping in Oak Park, IL

Oak Park has some great restaurants and well-known chain stores, but it also has a huge variety of independent shops. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the best from here in town, as well as a handful from nearby Forest Park. I’ve also created a Pinterest board with their locations marked (though there were a few that I was unable to add to the map). This isn’t an exhaustive list of stores, but it does include all of my favorites!

Update Interiors, Oak Park, IL
Update Interiors


  • Update Interiors
    Furniture and amazing lighting, along with smaller decorative details for your home.

  • Refind Home
    Mid-century vintage finds, plus new eco-friendly and indie goods.

  • Moss
    A great selection of flowers, plus interesting gifts and home decor.

  • Yearbook
    A careful selection of vintage and new goods with a masculine, old collegiate feel.

  • CarefulPeach
    A French-inspired boutique with beautiful items for tabletop, bath, and kitchen.

CarefulPeach, Oak Park, IL

Women’s Clothing & Accessories

  • Gem
    A mix of edgy modern and pretty vintage-inspired jewelry.

  • Nora’s Shoe Shop
    Awesome shoes from harder to find brands.

  • Lively Running
    Running shoes for women (they’ll help you choose the right pair), and cute workout clothes.

  • Muse
    Feminine tops and dresses in a range of prices.

Gem Jewelry, Oak Park, IL

For Kids

Pumpkin Moon, Oak Park, IL
Pumpkin Moon


The Book Table, Oak Park, IL
The Book Table

Pullman (Chicago)


Stylish Small Storage
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