We’ve lived here long enough and made what we have work for long enough that it’s time to reevaluate and really hone in on some details. The corner fireplace in our living room is tricky (why the corner, old house old chum?), but it’s obviously a natural focal point and I haven’t fully given it the attention it deserves. ‘What do we have that’s large enough to hold its own up there? Big botanical print? Cool. Done.’
And really, not bad. But it could be better! The time has come to put a big gold mirror above the fireplace. It was inevitable. I have no choice in the matter guys, it has to be done.
Image: Where I’d Stay
Oh, there were other options. The The Evolution Store’s ‘Dog Rose’ botanical poster could have continued to grace the living room but honestly I’m just ready for something different. Namely, the huge Louis-Philippe style gold mirror I’m going to pick up tomorrow from South Loop Loft! The other strong contenders though were ‘Essence’ from Ballard Designs and a reproduction vintage portrait, ‘Mary Countess,’ from A New Wall.
The sizes are scaled relative to each other. The mirror is 60″ tall!
And if you give
a mouse a cookie a room a new mirror, you’ll probably need to move the other one you have on the adjacent wall. It’s a problem I ran into when styling the fireplace for a shoot a few years back. Too many mirrors! That black one was too small, so it went and the peacock mirror stayed.
I’ve been wanting to do a wall of frames for a while now, and I think it’s the right solution for the wall above the red console. I’m thinking grid, not gallery. Ben Pentreath has the greatest example of all time.
Here’s where we are now, with the botanical poster above the fireplace and the peacock mirror above the red console. These mockups are to scale and I even stuck the dining room in there to represent the view through the doorway.
I could do a large piece of art above the console (and if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this in my Stories), but it feels like it’s trying to compete in scale with the mirror.
So here’s where the grid wall comes in. Getting the scale right is my biggest concern, so I’ve mocked up a few variations to test things out before I decide upon and order my frames. Here they are: small, medium, and large.
I’m leaning toward the first two because I think the large is too large, but I’d love to hear what you think.
And tell me too, do you enjoy this kind of ‘here’s what I’m thinking’ post? Or would you rather I hold it all back until I have the pretty after photos? I’m picking up the mirror tomorrow (yay!), but I haven’t ordered the frames or decided on what’s going in them, so it won’t be too long before I change things but it won’t be immediately either. I love to see this kind of stuff from others and for sure love to talk about it, but I also want to be sure I’m bringing you guys what you’re looking for. Let me know!