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Apr 26 2013

Something Is Missing

Happy Friday sweet souls, this week has flown by for me. I hope it has been a positive week for you. There is something missing in our front living room…….. I changed the mantle and a few accessories a while ago. I’m not going to show you everything until its completed. But, I thought it would be fun to get your opinions and suggestions about what I should put above the mantle. A mirror ,some ironwork, painting, wall art….

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I have had this lovely Monet print for years (The Seine at Argenteuil 1875) .I painted and “shabby’d up the frame and it fits nicely on the wall above the couch Izzy is posing on.

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I love the white pieces on the mantle along with the topiaries I made a while ago. I have a few blues, green and teals thrown in too.

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I am anxious to read your comments.  Have a great weekend everyone.

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  1. Camila

    Hi Katherine!, you have a lovely living room! it looks so homey!… The mirror is a good idea, I love mirrors and also I think it be nice if you had a small center table (my English is not perfect) like the in the middle of the living room, I don’t know if I make sense. lol.

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    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  2. Janine Huldie

    Ok, I would say definitely a piece of artwork or even something more reflective of your family. I recently found a store online that did personalized plaques with family and sayings called Rendi Style. You should definitely give them a look. They have some really pretty stuff and quite reasonable, too. Have a great weekend and hope you figure it out soon!! :)

  3. Heather @ new house, new home, new life

    Hi Katie – yes, it needs something. Perhaps a mirror with an ornate frame which you’ve shabbier or a couple of shutters with a boxwood wreath. A painting with some seascapes would also be nice to tie in the white pieces (one is a seahorse I think). Whatever you do, I’m sure that it will work.

    Or you could be like me and change things up from season to season – a light mirror in spring/summer, different wreaths for fall and Christmas and a wintery farm scene in the winter.

  4. SallyAnn

    Hi Katherine,

    Have you got anything that will pull some of the colors out of that gorgeous Monet? That would tie everything together nicely, don’t you think?

    Love those green topiaries, and Izzy is sooo cute.

    Have a lovely day.

  5. Dawn

    Maybe a mirror resting on the mantle, not mounted on the wall? The reflection of the topiaries would be pretty.

  6. Missy

    I was thinking like SallyAnn too. Basically, when you see the perfect piece, you will know it, no matter what everyone else says. LOL

  7. laura

    Hi Katherine
    I love my gifts from your giveaway earlier this year! Love the moisturizing lip balm! Look how big your party is getting!!! How do you grow it? Would love you to share a post about growing a party (and followers)!!! xo,

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’m a big fan of a mirror in a small room because it just makes it look bigger but maybe that IS a big room. :)

  9. Eileen

    A large antique mirror would look great in that spot. I use to have a little dog that looked very much like Izzy. Her name was Lydia and I miss her so much :(

  10. Meredith {A TIPical Day}

    I am having the same problem with my mantel right now! I can’t seem to find anything I really like for the spot. I do think a mirror would be nice over yours, or maybe some custom artwork.

  11. ColleenB.

    I was thinking of a mirror but not getting one the length of your fireplace but placing a nice round mirror up there; or if you have an old window with glass panes in it, and putting family photos in each glass pane and hang. Can always change out the pictures whenever
    Could also put a large round clock up.
    Or if you want, instead of hanging something, why not just lean something up against the wall, like a large picture or even a couple of pictures.
    Maybe a flat screen plasma TV

  12. Linda

    No, don’t like the idea of mirrors in a livingroom, so I’ll go with a lovely painting or perhaps a some family photos.

  13. Tami Rebekah

    I feel that same way with my fireplace. It takes a lot of trail and error!! I know you will knock this one out of the park!! Have a great weekend!

  14. kathy h

    I have always had some print over our fireplace and it is my favorite look. Your living room looks very inviting and I think the Monet print would look really pretty there. You might have to move the topiaries to the side but I think they would look nice there too.

  15. Ms. A

    I wouldn’t be a bit of help, I don’t have a decorative bone in my body.

  16. Gayle Page-Robak

    I enjoy reading your posts each day. My suggestions would be to add a large mirror that goes the entire length of the mantle, and have it right down on the mantle and have it fairly tall as well. I would then suggest adding a white bookcase on each side of the mantle that runs the length of the wall and at least 2/3 as high as the fireplace. As it stands now there is too much blank space. Adding the mirror will accentuate your mantle pieces as they will reflect in the mirror, and the bookcases will add character and a cozy aspect to an otherwise blank looking space. Hope this helps. Hugs, Gayle.

  17. bridgetstraub.com

    I’d go for an amazing photograph!

  18. Sylvia

    I love your bright and springy colors! The Monet is perfect!

  19. Melissa B

    I agree with the comment about a amazing Photograph, maybe one of the family …or a scenic photo that you have taken? =)

    Have a awesome weekend!
    Hugs,
    Melissa

  20. Compo

    Whilst your Monet is a nice picture, I think it will draw peoples’ eye away from the pieces on the mantle, especially the topiaries. A simpler piece of art could work, (maybe something like a Jack Vettriano) or a mirror with a white frame to enhance the clean effect created by the white mantle and accessories.
    One thing ladies seem to overlook is that hubby might have a favourite piece that he would enjoy seeing in that place even if it is not quite to your taste.

    What ever you choose I look forward to seeing a picture of the completed room.

    One last thing, was the picture expensive, or did you “get your Monet for nothing”?
    :-)

  21. Compo

    Please excuse my suggestion, the artist I mentioned has changed his style and many of his images are not suitable for your followers or your room. (I have never seen the newer works until I just googled him to see what showed up) I sincerely apologise.

  22. Savannah Granny

    Love your mantel and I think a mirror would look lovely. I just love mirrors. For a fat lady I have so many mirrors, you would think I wouldn’t like them. I just love their reflective qualities.
    Have a great weekend, Ginger

  23. Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired

    Hi Katherine,
    There seems to be quite a bit of a gold or mustard color in the Monet painting. I would use the colors in the picture to be the focal point of the room. It would look great to add a mirror with that color frame and make the white mantle pop. Also just an idea some throw pillows against the blue couch in this gold/mustard color would bring the eye to the mirror. I’ve also try to put small elements of black in my rooms which also enhances the theme of any color scheme. Happy Decorating.

  24. Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutante

    Looks great! So cozy! I’d say a mirror; I’ve never seen one NOT look great in a living room. Love the Monet painting, by the way! Perfect addition to the color scheme. Happy Friday! :)

    xo,
    Steph
    Diary of a Debutante

  25. Kathy

    I think the Monet would look good propped on the mantle. Just a thought.

  26. Rosey

    I say The Monet, and hubby says a mirror (and he says he’s hungry, lol).

    Your little Izzy looks cute on the couch.

  27. Vanessa

    Hi, Katie

    This is great so far. I am sure whatever you add will be great. Have a great.

    Vanessa

  28. Debbie

    Hi Katherine; Your living room looks inviting! :-) I like the mirror idea too. Would also make the room seem larger. Have a great week.

  29. shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Love your Monet…I had the great pleasure of attending a Monet exhibit at our Museum of Art…I have a commemorative print from that exhibit that I treasure…I feel that you should place what you love above the mantel…if you love art, then a treasured canvas…if you love mirrors, a mirror is great as it reflects such wonderful light…and for me, I love special architectural items..items with a story…I used to have a beautiful stained glass piece over the mantel but I relocated it to the foyer and an antique wood and iron shutters went above the mantel…I love those pieces and wonder about the people in the past who also enjoyed them as I do….I am sure you will gorgeously transform your mantel with your personal signature!

  30. Cindy

    You are off to a GREAT start…love everything there so far! I love mirrors, so that’s my vote but I’m sure whatever you come up with will be nice…can’t wait to see it!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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