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Thursday, July 20, 2017

OK - What Do You Think - YES-NO-MAYBE

If you have seen my home, then I am sure you have seen my huge mirror in the living room.  I really like the mirror, but realize that in this house it totally overpowers the room and the furniture.  This is a really, really big mirror - 4' x 7' with a really big antique gold frame. Here is a view from the stairs.


Sort of a straight on view

and another view.  Ok, we all get that it is big.  It hung over the sofa in two houses ago that had vaulted ceilings and looked fine, however these ceilings are much higher.


Here it was in my last house with 9' ceilings and between two windows.  It didn't look so big.

NOW THE QUESTION IS THIS - - -Is it the elephant in the room or is it the one quirky thing that makes this room unique?  I have loved having this huge mirror because it makes the rooms I've had look so much bigger.  This current living room is 15' x 31' including the dining area.  The one thing that makes the living area seem small is the recessed section by the front window.  It is only 9' wide, so that is really small.  It confines the living space down to a really small footprint.  Several have asked me why I didn't try the sofa in front of the window and the small space is why.  There is no room for end tables on the sides it is such a confined area.  NOW THE BIG QUESTION -  Is it time for a change, rearrange, hang it lower or turn it vertical.  This past week I had several more suggest that I turn it vertical.  That has been suggested quite a few times.  I couldn't imagine that personally then I went on pinterest and found several living rooms that had a huge mirror turned vertical behind the sofa.









These were all interesting.  If mine stays the way it is, I do think it has to be hung a little lower above the sofa.  If we turn it vertical, then how tall do we hang it, or do we put it down by the floor and just have it show about 4' above the sofa, or somewhere in-between.

Now there is another option - - - Put it behind my console table on the entrance wall.  I have a really large painting hanging above this console table, so maybe the mirror could replace it.


It could hang just above the floor molding and the table be placed in front of it.  The table would fit right inside the frame space of the mirror since the mirror is wider than the console.  Hanging vertical that way it would be about 2inches taller than the current picture.


This is what else is on this wall.  The wall is 27' long from the door to the bottom of the stairs.  I could even scoot the china cabinet and chairs down a little.    (This picture might even go over the sofa for now - this shows a pretty accurate likeness to the colors in the painting.)


Here are some pictures I found on pinterest that show what that would look like.





Then the next question is do I get rid of it all together?  I love the idea of a mirror over the sofa since I already have tons of art, and yes I do agree, there are some fantastic mirrors out there that would look wonderful and some fabulous art too.

Help me out.  This thing is so heavy and takes 4 guys to just lift it up, plus it is hung on the wall with bolts in the studs, so moving this is not a walk in the park.

Give me your honest opinion - YES - NO - MAYBE - LEAVE IT or something else.



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

383rd Inspire Me Tuesday


Welcome to the 383rd Inspire Me Tuesday.  Oh so many unreal projects taking place last week.  I drooled my way through all the links.


I love, love, love a pretty bathroom and this one is STUNNING.  Check out how Vintage Refined took a builder grade bathroom and turned it into this absolutely gorgeous space.  Oh and be sure to check out the chandelier too.





If you are looking for a fresh Farmhouse look in your kitchen and low on cash, then check out how  A Fresh Squeezed Life created this fabulous look in her kitchen.



Need a beautiful headboard and have an old door hanging around.  Check out how The Interior Frugalista created this gorgeous headboard.



If you have an old outdated glass top patio table, then take a look at what Seeking Lavender Lane did to renew hers.


We are working on our backyard to try and create something that looks good and functions for us, so when I saw this makeover by Simply Beautiful I felt like anything is possible with just a little TLC and tons of elbow grease.


Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

How To Make A Print Look Like An Oil Painting

I love art and love to have beautiful paintings to look at and decorate with, however finding something on a budget can be a challenge sometimes.  

You guys all know that I love "BIG" paintings, but sometimes you just need something smaller and special for a certain place.  Something that will catch your eye and command attention like only an oil painting can do.

I am crazy about all kinds of animal paintings.  Since I couldn't find a painting that I liked at a price I could afford, I did the next best thing.  You can find several sites online with free prints that you can just copy.  Then there are several companies that will print your picture on canvas.  Just google print on canvas and there are dozens of places.  I found this really pretty picture of sheep and had it printed out on a 16 x 18 canvas.  (This was a few years ago and the company I used no longer exists)  My cost was $24.  (I did look online and there are several places that will do the same thing for about the same price.)  It came rolled up in a tube and was stunning.  It looks like a great oil painting with tons of texture and it looks like you could almost feel the brush strokes. 



Next I took it to Hobby Lobby to have it framed.  I chose a wormy frame with tons of character and of course if you buy their frame, they always frame it for free.  They have amazing frames and always run 1/2 off ads, so you can find some great frames at really reasonable prices.  I think this one cost me around $20 at 1/2 off.  One of the secrets to fooling the eye and making a print look like an oil painting is framing and treating it like one - so pick a really super frame.



  These are two more prints that look like oil paintings.




  I always look for art at goodwill and thrift stores and I found a piece that I loved at goodwill.  I am always drawn to pastoral scenes with animals and I adore sheep, so this just grabbed my heart.  With a new frame it looks like a really expensive piece of art. 


When you are out and about, keep an eye out for scenes that you love and then check out how it is printed, painted, framed and etc.  This is what it looked like at goodwill.  The frame is so-so, but the picture looks cheap.  This is a picture printed on poster board and has a brush stroke texture, so having it matted and under glass makes it look like a really cheap print.  (Notice the price of $3.99 and 25% off for senior day makes it $3. )


I chose an elaborate, antique looking frame from Hobby Lobby that was only $14.99 on sale, (plus they always frame your picture for free.)  I had the mat borders removed and no glass, so now the brush stroke texture shows and looks like an oil painting.  A great piece of art for a total of $18.  


This one was even cheaper.  It was a free print I found online then printed out on canvas paper.  Same thing, I found a really ornate frame at Hobby Lobby on 1/2 off and they framed it for me for free.  They even mounted it to a poster board so it would have some stability.  You can see the complete tutorial about free prints and canvas paper here.



If you find a free print that you like, print it out on canvas paper and then treat it like an oil painting and people will think it is.  Frame it in a really great frame that you would use for a real oil painting and this makes it even more convincing.  

Be sure to get all your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

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