There are a number of design elements I favor and stars are one of them. It's a classic design and patriotic in a sense, if you think of our American flag. Perhaps that is one reason you often see this design element in settings that represent a Federal style.
Below represents patriotism and very Federal, indeed.
Image from the Monticello Catalog
Just like this Federal Bulls Eye mirror from 1st Dibs.
Here's another Bulls Eye mirror from 1st Dibs with stars around the perimeter.
My attempt at incorporating a star-embellished mirror comes from Wisteria.
The photo is straight from my iPhone, so please excuse the lack of lighting and focus. Seeing this mirror in the catalog, I knew it was something I wanted in order to add visual stimulation to our foyer. That is not to say, though, it will remain in the foyer. I'm always re-working and re-tooling spaces in our home.
I also favor stars as a design element on floors and can't think of a better example to share than one designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale (if you click-on Ms. Drysdale's name, it will take you directly to the source of this photo) and the decorative painting by well-known artist, Tom Hickey and his company, Riding Tide Inc.
Notice the stars around the perimeter of another design on the bottom right-side of the photo. Clean and classic. It gives me a strong urge to strip our floors and stencil them in an attempt to achieve the same look. Actually, my husband would not be excited about stripping our floors right now but a girl can dream, right?
Speaking of dreaming, I discovered a beautiful and sophisticated mirror in a Flor catalog yesterday.
Has anyone seen this mirror? I plan to contact Flor and see if they can help provide a source. It is a stunning mirror. And I say this even though you cannot see it in it's entirety. With gray walls, it stands out so nicely. I can't stop thinking about it.
This mirror from Bee Line Home by Bunny Williams where stars decorate the inside of the frame.
I agree whole-heartedly with Bunny Williams when she says "one can never own too many mirrors".
As for lighting, I enjoy seeing a unique design, a star being one of them.
Designed by Alexa Hampton, it casts a delicate glow through the frosted glass with two 40 watt bulbs.
This chandelier, designed by Eric Cohler, captures the design element on a ceiling plate.
I admire a designer's ability to take something traditional and turn it into a modern classic.
Even details like fabric star ornaments appeal to me. Their shape provides another dimension my eyes very much enjoy.
How clever of Ms. Drysdale to include a star-shaped pillow on this bed.
Take a look at the pot holders hanging on the wall Ms. Drysdale designed for this kitchen.
You can read more about this Maine Beach House on Jennifer Sergent's DC by Design blog. It's art for the eyes.
May you enjoy this visual journey into star-land and continue to stay inspired.