We have a fireplace that we LOVE!
And – after a wave of our magic DIY wand – it finished up looking like this ↓
Well… except it’s not quite finished!
You see… I need something special to hang over the mantle. Something that works with the scale of the fireplace (it’s larger then it looks!)… but most importantly, something that makes me feel good every time I look at it!!
So how large is this fireplace? It’s almost as tall as me! Alright… I’m exaggerating! Okay, I just measured it. It’s 4’4” tall (to my shoulder) and 5’9” wide. Pretty darned BIG!
Another element that I have to consider… we have a coved ceiling. Here, take a look at this photo (taken before I painted). What this means is that I can’t hang anything closer then 10” to the ceiling. So that leaves a maximum height 33” for any mirror or piece of art that I hang above the fireplace.
I’ve been thinking about this conundrum for a while now. I haven’t been doing much about it… no shopping… no decisions. But I’ve been thinking! HaHa! I sit here in the living room, look at the fireplace and I WAIT for a plan – a decision – to come to mind. A mirror? A piece of art? Several pieces of art? As you can imagine, I’m getting no where… FAST!
NO! As you can see, the mirror is too small :-(
But all is not lost!
Purchasing this mirror has really got me thinking and researching. I’ve come to some realizations, and yes… I’ve even made a decision about what I want over this mantle! Well… sort of!! HaHa! (By the way, I’ll use the mirror in my dining room. I have the perfect spot in mind!)
Before I share what I’ve decided I want, let me show you some fireplaces I found… and share my thoughts
Now obviously my ceilings aren’t this high (emphasized in this room by the low furniture), my fireplace is larger and I don’t have stunning architectural details like in this living room (LUV!), but I very much like the look of one large piece of art over the fireplace. In my place however, I’d need something wider then it is tall… hmmm…
The thing with mirrors though… you HAVE to have something lovely to reflect. And that beamed ceiling is truly lovely!
And since I’m talking mirrors, what do you think of this fireplace & mirror combination?
Okay… truth be told, I’m sharing this particular photo because I love the peaceful quality of the room itself.
The thing is, over the last few days I’ve come to realize that a mirror just won’t work over our fireplace. Why? Directly across from the fireplace we have a large sliding glass window with beautiful cedar trees across the street… so in other words, we DO have something lovely to reflect.
Or do we??
Don’t forget that this fireplace is over 4 feet tall. What I’ve discovered is that because it sits so high on the wall, all I can see reflected in it – and this is when standing - is the ceiling. My 6’ tall husband even admits that he can’t see much of the the green cedars from across the street. Boring!
So… ART it will be!
Let me share something with you that REALLY appeals!
The more I look at this photo above, the more I KNOW that this is what I want! It’s perfect! Of course the room’s decor is FAB, too!
Now I just need to find the right pieces!!
P.S. Not sure if this helps anyone with scale… here’s a photo of Brian holding the mirror up for me. Remember: he’s 6 feet tall while I’m 5’4” (to just above his shoulders). And look! There’s the ceiling in the reflection!!! HaHaHa! Then again, maybe I’m just a shorty and everything looks large to me ;-)