The Sea Captain's Manse - sneak peek LR

mtnrdredux_gwJuly 31, 2014

I have to post and run, but I really like this photo of our unfinished LR.

I will be back later with the before and with some questions.

For now, sisal rug still missing, fpl not done, one window missing drapes, and mirror over fpl not in... and i need a steamer!

I repurposed PO's chairs (slipped in white duck), round table and two area rugs.

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Love all the upholstery and the brass light and curtain rods, nice touch. The wallpaper lightens it all up and the rugs are wonderful!! Sisal rug and mirror will lighten it even more, cannot wait to see them in place. Okay, this was worth the wait, Mtnrdredux, it is Fabulous, capital Fab :-)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:43PM
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Oh, how pretty, mtn! It looks wonderful! I remember thinking it looked good as it was but this is much, much nicer. It has a calm and dignified, but not stuffy, feeling.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:44PM
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This home is REAL, and not to be found on most pages of Veranda. That's meant as a huge compliment. It's why I love English Home magazine. The decor and estates may be elegant, but are never stiff or staged.
In this sea captains quarters , real *people live and love.
* ( just not too many, unless specifically invited. :). :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:48PM
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    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:54PM
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LOVE the whole room -- totally elegant and charming!!!

And yes -- it could indeed grace the cover of House Beautiful or Veranda ......

sigh ..... any ghosts??? (just teasing!:)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:20PM
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Well done! Can't wait to see it with the sisal rug. Which sconces did you choose for over the fireplace?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:31PM
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I've never had the slightest interest in a beach house, but THAT is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:49PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Simply lovely.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:56PM
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Where did you get your curtain rods?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:57PM
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Cyn,SAS, thank you!

Lol, Marti ... just keep your paws off the white duck, ok?

... says the woman with a kitchen that makes Downton Abbey's digs look like a tract house. Where ya' been? Oh and thanks!

Yeah, the rug is taking a while because I wanted to be certain I chose the perfect dimensions and I wanted the furniture in place first, so...
Sconces! Well, the coral ones the could not rewire. None of the others really sent me. I frankly haven't found anything, so had the electrician throw up a close out from Ballards i'd intended for the girls' bedroom. Once the fpl is done (the deflt tile, marble surround and mirror), I am going to try some out.

Teacats, My tile guy told me the place has a really good aura, and that he was able to communicate with his dog, who had passed, while working on my house. He told me it has very good spirits. Well ok!

Nancy, It's all GW, really. I think Beverly and Pal and maybe Patricia or even Bronwyn's mom recommended Quadrille. And I recall AnnieD recommending blue and white. I dabbled for a while with chintz and aqua and such but am glad I took the GW advice.

KSwl, Thank you! I was hoping you'd like it. Not everyone will, but it came out just the way I'd hoped.

So, a few questions:
1. Would you use bamboo shades on the windows? Just to cover the gap between the rod and the glass? I know it's considered acceptable, but I like it covered. Or will it be too heavy?

2. Between the two white chairs is a small chinoiserie lamp (PO). Should I pick something with more substance, and that picks up on the brass in the chandy?

3. The fpl screen and andirons are gone. I doubt we will ever make a fire. I am thinking driftwood or maybe one of those oversized clamshells. I can only find them for $700 (30" wide or so). Is that what I have to spend? Is that hackneyed?


    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:02PM
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Thanks. The rods and curtains are from Restoration Hardware. Very simple antiques brass. They are telescoping, which is hard to see the way we have them but suboptimal.

PSA - do not buy the unlined linen (even the opaque). IMHO they don't hang right. But the lined linen (note it is on sale right now) is quite nice.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:08PM
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I saw a photo of a very elegant house in either Savannah or Charleston where the wall between the window frame and the rod had been mirrored. It gave the illusion that the window went all the way up to the rod. It was just a piece of plate glass mirror mounted on the wall. No frame, no panes.

What about andirons with pretty birch logs in the fireplace? I would suggest the standard fern, but if you aren't there to water it, that isn't practical. Then there is always the mass of candles in an unused fireplace. Might look nice to have them all lit on a chilly summer evening.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:20PM
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Wonderful! So glad you didn't paint the trim. The tiles look perfect, the hardwoods gleam, the wallpaper just right and everything is cozy and comfy, but bright. Thanks for the peek!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:41PM
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For your questions:

a)Yes indeed -- bamboo blinds would look smashing on those windows!!! :) And hang 'em high!

b)Yes -- a fat old brass teapot lamp would be wonderful! :)

c)Fireplace filler: How about a big old gray basket of white seashells? Or a gray basket with dried hydrangea? Or a white bust (with a jaunty sea captain hat)? Or a large white (or black) urn --fill with floral foam and then the good fake moss or grass?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:46PM
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Fireplace Filler: Three matching lanterns -- different sizes with fake candles ..... some of the ones at PB are glass that can be filled with sand and small shells AND battery--powered tealights OR try three pierced-metal ones where the candle(faux) light will shine through ......

Here is a link that might be useful: PB -- lanterns

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:14PM
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Aww, thanks outside!

Teacats - thank you! Time for lamp shopping! A bust in the fpl, hmm!

That is a very cool idea. Id love to see a picture of that.
There were andirons there, particularly hideous Gothic S&M things. I am not sure why, but the brick firebox is very very clean, it looks almost new. So I think the white clamshell would look nice against it.

My first house had 7 fpl, and I think I have tried every unconventional thing in fpl, from dollhouses and breadbaskets to candleabras to books and birch logs etc etc.

I think my first choice is driftwood or the oversized shell.
Like this:

(edited to get photo to work)

This post was edited by mtnrdredux on Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 23:29

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:19PM
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Oh how beautiful! Can not wait to see more! I vote no to the blinds. They would be fine and if you need the function of a blind then yes but I like seeing the window trim and as much of that lovely wallpaper as possible! The bambo blinds are also a bit too today and common now and your room is rather special so no if you do not need shade and/or privacy then don't go there.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:20PM
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Installing bamboo shades between the rods and the glass would cover your pretty wallpaper. Would it work to just cover the dark window trim with the bamboo shade? The dark window trim bisects the space and may be better covered with bamboo shades, without covering the wallpaper. Do you already have enough wallpaper showing in the room? Or do you need it over the windows?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:31PM
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Clammy? :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Bellacor -- clam on the half shell

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:54PM
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This is so lovely! Thanks for the sneak-peek.

Re: bamboo shades, I could go either way. Love the dark, rich trim, but a bit of bamboo atop a window to align with the drapery rods is not to be argued, either. Perhaps wait until the sisal is in...

Or, ask your tile guy. Those who are off the grid often see what the rest of us do not. Really.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:57PM
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Nice table lamp .....

Here is a link that might be useful: Lamps Plus -- coral lamp gold and brass

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:08AM
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Shell of a Good Time table lamp .....

Here is a link that might be useful: Bellacor -- shell, glass and brass table lamp

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:17AM
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Teacats ... I just looked at that very lamp, from Horchow on sale! Thx for the faux shell link.... Hard to justify the other

Thx Peony. You are right. I really like my tile guy, even though I personally am not the most spiritual sort. He's a good egg if a bit different.

Thank you Roarah. Good point about the ubiquitousness of bamboo blinds ...

Voila, another good point ... We dont have a ton if wallpaper

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:17AM
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The Sea Captain's "Manse"
Then guess he was a sailing minister? ! :>D

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:20AM
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Gah, so very pretty!! I LOVE that wallpaper and your ceiling fixture....stunning. I keep going back to look at that is addictive!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:20AM
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I've been looking forward to seeing your house. Gorgeous and so comfy. Thanks for posting.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:34AM
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Finally! lol. I love the blue wallpaper. When you mentioned blue in the LR, for some reason I visioned an over abundance of it and it seemed like it would be depressing. I was definitely wrong!

Andirions are a must on a very cold day. :)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:47AM
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My jaw just fell open! WOW! That looks amazing. You are so talented in finding just the right pieces. The dark wood with all of the airy fabrics on the furniture and drapes, and that gorgeous wallpaper is stunning.

As for the shades, that is a tough one. I just photoshopped one it for you. I like it, but I also like it without. Not too helpful, eh?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 7:18AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

That is all just so perfect! You've done a great job. I esp love the wallpaper and what the blue and white does for the dark woodwork. It's amazingly beachy, bright and summery and yet cozy too. Definitely Cap's house the way the woodwork looks like a ship's interior. Friends of mine have a beach house on the CT coast and the LR DR interior is also the wonderful dark wood. Such a cooling, wonderful contrast to the bright light sunshine of the beach outside.

I'm in the no bamboo camp, definitely amp up the lamp, and I'd want to see andirons with white birch their texture and their mottled appearance, and the way the echo the white in the wallpaper's new england and it's a real fireplace so it would be light, decorative and yet look real, like you could light it off if need be....

(Frankly the giant clam shell weirds me out and a faux one even more. I guess I was "traumatized" by my Gramma who lived in FL and had one of those big conch shells that lit up with the dancing hula girl and the palm tree in front! Talk about kitsch!)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 7:44AM
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So pretty!.....I think I like aktillery's photoshopped bamboo blinds...without them the dark trim kind of chops of the window.

Are those drapes cream? In my mind's eye I would think cream colored drapes would look "off" next to blue and white wallpaper, but they work beautifully... Lesson learned for me.

I have to say, I admire your courage both in this beach house and your regular home in using white slipcovers with kids, animals, guests. Even though they are washable, I don't think I would be that brave!

Can't wait to see more pictures of all the redone rooms!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:04AM
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After seeing the photoshopped blinds I'd say no to them, but the mirrored piece sounds very intriguing---- especially if you used old looking mirror.
And yes, a much bigger lamp is needed between those two chairs, but I don't know if ID use a "statement" lamp there, maybe something brass shined up from a local antique or "junque" store?

(Btw, I don't know if you went back to check the thread about your outdoor porch furniture, but if not, I really think your upholsterer should make new cushions for the back of the sofa and lose those bulky L shaped pieces. Three cushions would be much better than two, one for the back and two for the sides, cut to wedge in and stay.)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:05AM
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I like the bamboo, took the liberty of updating the one rug too.

When I outlined the area initially, the last tile pattern I'd used appeared, and I thought this effect was interesting too (i.e., use fabric with an impact).

Such fun to see your progress, LOVE the white chairs, fabric choices and all that wonderful wood!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:28AM
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Here is an idea with a mirror. I think it does add a great deal of life and light. Otherwise, I think I would leave it as it is now.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:40AM
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Beautiful. I want to see more of your home.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:02AM
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I wish I had a picture of the mirror above the window, too, but it was eons ago when I saw it. If you want to test out the look of a mirror above the window, pick up a framed cheapie door mirror (I think I saw some at Wally-World for about $15) and have two people get under the curtains and hold it for you to look at.

If it wouldn't harm the wallpaper, I'd suggest using Command strips to hold it up, but I'd be afraid of what they would do to that lovely paper.

FWIW, I like the bamboo blinds. But I've always been a sucker for them!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:03AM
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As always - you did a fabulous job. I would not put anything above the drapes. You have done an awesome job of keeping the "old Sea Captain" look - yet lightening things up while keeping the beautiful rich wood. And you also stayed true to your use of blues and whites without throwing in a lot of "too trendy" colors.

In my opinion, it would just look too contrived - the captain's wife would have just hung drapes :).

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:25AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I know what you are talking about with the mirror above the window...I've seen it before...I went looking for a pic but was unable to find it. I associate it with very formal european design with heavy draperies where you would see an antique mirror peeking out from behind the curtains above the window to make it look taller.

Not this, but this style/era.

Not sure how well it would work at the beach house....I kind of love maximizing the wallpaper with all the dark wood. Unless the mirrors are tilted down, all they will reflect is the ceiling.

Oh wait, here's one.

This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Fri, Aug 1, 14 at 10:41

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:35AM
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teacats, thanks for the link to the huge clam shell. I've been looking for one to use on my DR table for orchids.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:36AM
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Yes indeed. I really think that the bamboo blinds create a wonderful taller-looking window and therefore the whole room appears to be taller .....

Very Brit Colonial -- and yes -- I do believe the a sea captain would have seen these blinds used throughout his travels in the Indies and the Far East .....

Here is a link that might be useful: Pinterest -- bamboo blinds with curtains

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:37AM
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Absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the wallpaper with the wood trim. The room is beautiful, but still very inviting.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:10AM
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Wow! Gorgeous!
I like bamboo blinds because they'll introduce the West Indies/Asian theme of your seafaring captain. Also ties in with the sisal. Are you getting some blue/white china?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:16AM
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Beautiful! I love your wallpaper, fabric, and lighting choices. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:39AM
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I really like the bamboo blinds photoshopped in.

Love how the dark wood works in this space with the white and the blue.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:44AM
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Just gorgeous, that wallpaper is fabulous. I love everything. Good job!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:44AM
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WOW!!!!!! Truly awesome, and the Captain will happily haunt the place.

How about a larger blue and white lamp, or a larger white one with a blue shade ... it vanishes on that table.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:47AM
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I think the more I look at it, the more I like the bamboo shade as well. Very warming for the room.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:52AM
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Teacats, Yes, especially with AKtillery's great mockup, I am really tempted. I also think they add a beachy casual note.

Annie, Yes, it certainly seems to skew formal! I am also mindful of your point about what it will reflect.

Tuesday, Thank you! I know, I totally get your point. But I do like that mock-up! Thinking .... Maybe if I can get them cheap and just try it out ... They would not be for function (I don't even plan to close the panels) and I want the lightweight ones, so maybe I can find them without going custom.

BBStx, I think we like very similar looks!

Thanks, Dino, but I hate to post when things aren't totally done, because then I feel like it is too much to post again when it's final. I think when we go up next, the kitchen will be done ... was just waiting on the sink skirt. And maybe the MBR/MBA. So more to come soon. : ) Thanks for your interest.

OldBat2Be, Too afraid to add another fabric to the mix!
As for the rug, the sisal rug is being cut to fit under the conversation area where the 2 paisley chairs, ottoman and sofa and sofa table are. The two area rugs you see are staying. We bought the house with all of its contents ( a summer home for 30years for an antiques collector). There were about a dozen rugs. We gave away half and have found uses for the rest; i like the feel of history they give, though they do fight the effort to lighten up...

KSWL, see, now, I like the blinds and I think they help tone down the formality and give a nod to the beach. I am worried, once the fpl mirror is inset, it would be too mirrory, not to mention reflect the wrong thing.
Yes, I did see the upholstery thread ... I think the unusual look of that sofa, with its sort of "mod" feel, dictates no welting. I know it looks a bit messy, but OTOH it may not be as bad in a fabric that isn't striped? Fait accompli anyway, I gave the seamstress the old ones as patterns for the new.

Joanie, Yes, that is my point exactly. The darkness of the trim makes it particularly noticeable, IMHO, creating a black horizontal line. Thank you for your compliments!
As for white, I don't think there was any other choice for the chairs if we want to save the woodwork. Now that I am used to it, the idea of upholstery that you CAN'T wash seems risky to me, and kind of yucky even. Do note that the two white chairs you see straight on are not even slips. They used to be plaid and velvet. I had the upholster remove that and was looking for an off white fabric to go under the slips. She said, just upholster them in off white and slip them when they need it...
In re the drapes ... I struggled with that. The wallpaper background is whiter than I expected (long story about choosing wallpaper with no sample!) RH has an Optic White and a White. The Optic White went better with the wallpaper background, but I found it too cold. Since they aren't custom, figured i'd just give them a try. In my mind, it's simply as if my palette is blues, white, off white, brass and wood.

Thanks, Annie, I clearly recall your description of the friend's house and it was a definite influence in the direction I took. Our first choice for the fpl is to use the driftwood we have, if not I will risk the kitsch and go with the clamshell! I feel that the basics of the room are so staid I can risk a little kitsch.

Pugga, thanks.

AKT - that is a perfect photoshop, exactly what I am thinking .... thank you!!

Thanks, Oakley. The only overabundance is the wood, so it takes a lot to even that out!

Thank you, Nini. It was a GW'er who led me to the Quadrille line. For me, it's daring, but I think it works.

Martinca, Yes, actually ... inside joke. : )

I tried out some lamps. (With the coral one I would get a white shade). I added in the blinds albeit less skillfully. I ended up ordering the circular one. It echoes the brass circles in the chandy, and the Asian round medallion on the TV lift cabinet (shown below). (if you are wondering why I have an Asian TV cabinet, it was an element I borrowed from the "inspiration room", which had a painted ivory trunk with a medallion. I also have a sofa table with congee characters. My Cap'n got around)


TV cabinet:

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:03PM
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Peacamp, Lazy, Nosoccer, Love2walk, Cam and Gscience, Thank you! I don't want to even think how many posts I have foisted on your all in re this room! I think I speak for many GW'ers when I say how invaluable the advice is here, and how satisfying it is to share!

Lazy, exactly, the lamp vanishes. I think I have another spot for it, poor lil' handmedown.

NoSoccer, I was going to do a blue/white lamp behind the sofa but after looking at them for a while the ones I really like are the real deal and too much $$$ esp in a spot where it would be vulnerable.

Gscience, we really wanted to keep the wood as is, which has gone from feeling like a compromise to a favorite element, for me.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:10PM
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What a beautiful home! I love the slipcovered chairs!
The floor is gorgeous, here is hoping all the sand stays on the beach and doesn't come inside.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:22PM
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I cannot even imagine how much time, patience (money) and talent have been put into this lovely place. I am just speechless and then you come here asking about bamboo blinds when you have unimaginable talent and creativity. This is gorgeous. Do what you think is best but I do think the bamboo shades are so period right.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:24PM
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Love it all! You have really taken it to a magical place. Can barely stand the wait to see more!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:31PM
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A few more shots:

from behind the sofa

Looking toward the rear screened porch

Head on at fpl (ignore blue tape on delft... also note it will be filled in w honed white marble since we dont have room for two tiles and would never cut them; they are antique).

I purposely chose the Thibaut narrow ottoman to fit the whole seating area on centered on the fpl, but I am not sure I shouldn't move it under the large window and get something else.

I still need some things. BTW the painting it just there; don't know where i will use it. I acutally got it from Stenella!

Edited to add,
Thank you Lucille and banana! Patricia, my goodness, how nice of you to say!

This post was edited by mtnrdredux on Fri, Aug 1, 14 at 13:03

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:59PM
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MTN, look what I came across: the history of your "manse"!

A British sea captain spent his
youth traveling the world, all the while
gathering the influrnces of it's various beauties, keeping
memories of home intact.
At thirty-five, he sailed into the New York port, laden
with personally selected silks, brocades, porcelains, jade and
and cloisonné. And there he fell in love with a proper
minister's daughter from New England . Only after selling
his ship and returning to his Anglican faith, does her father
consent to their marriage. Her grandfather was himself
a minister, albeit an independently wealthy one. Upon
their marriage he gifted the bride and groom his summer
abode, known as " The Manse in Maine".( Mass.?)
The captain and his bride cherished the home,rearing
ten children, and living long,happy lives therein. Early on
the house became known as "The Sea Captains Manse"...
or simply, "Captain's Manse".

It is rumored to have ghosts of vindictive,
uninvited guests, easily banished by the prevailing
joy within.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:14PM
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Here are my kitchen's woven shades. The top of my silly windows rise to two-plus feet under the ceiling. The shades fool the eye.( darker area Is wall). Something this pic shows that the above don't, is how they let in the light and views if you ever wanted to lower them.
I love the fancy mirrored one Annie posted! Never imagined doing that.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:26PM
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"I hate to post when things aren't totally done, because then I feel like it is too much to post again when it's final."

Too much?? I could look at pictures as lovely as these all day.......and wager you'd hear no complaints from GWers if you posted daily updates!

If the blue medallion fabric on the two chairs is what ran in the wash, I'd say it looks like the perfect "treatment" --- they look as though you have had them forever, or they came with the house!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 2:03PM
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the room is looking great!!
i just quickly skimmed this, but saw the question about the window-- i vote to definitely put up a blind/shade to hide the wall- having the rod hung high doesn't enhance the window(actually detracts), imo, but will look great if it is made to look like the window is also high...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 2:22PM
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The room is so beautiful, mtn. I understand the reason for thinking of bamboo shades, have some myself. I may be the only one to feel the bamboo will interrupt the enveloping feel of the wallpaper, leaving you with blocks of wallpaper instead. With the drapes hung high over the windows and the bisecting dark trim, I wonder if vertically breaking the dark trim would help? It would be easy (cheap and non-damaging) to try with a sand dollar, starfish (too kitschy?), blown glass orbs, reticulated plates on a ribbon and small landscape on the middle of the larger window hanging right over the center window trim. Tied to the drapery rod with ribbon or fishing line and changeable on a whim, it will be another unique statement instead of following the crowd.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 3:17PM
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Fabulicious room with with decorating suitably matched! It's all come together so well mtn'dux, but I had a feeling it couldn't have turned out any other way since you never really deviated from your initial vision. I absolutely cannot wait to see the other rooms!! How close are you to completing the house? Will it happen this year? I just had to ask!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 3:18PM
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Mtn, it is just beautiful. I hope you enjoy many happy days there with your family!

I am looking forward to more pics. And even repeats of these pics!!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 3:20PM
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Oh my, what a wonderful room you have created. This what a gorgeous old home on the rocky coast of Maine should look like! I'm so glad you kept the original woodwork--and you brightened and updated everything brilliantly with the fabric and wallpaper choices. What I love most about it is how cozy and comfortable it appears--I can totally imagine being curled up on that sofa on a stormy night. Love it!!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 3:23PM
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Wow, sooo pretty. Came together so well!
Just love it all and yes, count me in as a fan of the bamboo blinds.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 5:57PM
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Thank you, WMA, we are happy with it too. I definitely owe a debt to GW'ers, as I was really confused about the room.

ahh, Mamorella, the lady of the blush pink LR which I adore! Thank you.

Hi Patty, We are pretty much done as far as GC's, it's the details. We have been using it since school ended. We are heading up in a few days and bringing with us a lot of things that should finish it off (sink skirts, window treatments, some lamps, etc etc etc). The Kitchen, living room, verandah, MBR, new deck, new dormers and all 4.5 new baths are pretty much done. The girls' room just waiting on wall decal, boys room done but for a lamp.

There are two bedrooms that I haven't really touched, on purpose. They are clean and usable but I will make those my next projects. I also need to think about my DR. I don't think I want a rug, chickened out painting the walls, and have no windowseat cushion. Most importantly, we had septic issues that prevented us from siting the pool in time and will now start that in the fall instead.

So, lots done, plenty to do!

Voila, Thanks,. I don't know what I will do. I see those blank spaces in rooms all the time, but it bugs me just a little. I don't want to draw attention to it, either...

Thanks, Busy.

KSWL, you are a good pal. : ) If you saw the covers in person, you may not think so... I am still on the fence. what a fiasco!

Marti, yes, that's it exactly. Proportioned correctly, they fool the eye.
OMG i was reading your story and thought at first you found it somewhere. Too cute! I shall have it printed up for our guest book (if we had one!)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:01PM
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I, too, was curious about the fabric that ran. I'm sure it is annoying to you, but there are so may lovely other things to look at in the room, I doubt that anyone will notice it.

Marti's story was so cute and so well done, that I kept looking for a link to where she had found it! Well done, Marti! (Being Presbyterian, "manse" evoked the same initial response in me.)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:27PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Mtn, if you don't mind, would you share the manufacturer of the sofa? Love the lines and the single cushion. I suspect you customized to get the single cushion. We had one once and I love the look. If you prefer not to share, no worries.

Agree with kswl about too many pictures not being possible in our world. ;)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 7:06PM
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Hi Cyn,

Thanks! The sofa is by Lee Sofa. I had slips made for it (Lee doesn't offer it slipcovered).

The shape isn't custom at all; is a one cushion sofa with the two long pillows. Here it is below. I bought it in a plain off white Grade D fabric FYI MSRP $3200, discounted to $2400. So not too pricey IMHO if you like it in one of their fabrics in Grade D.

BBSTx, thanks. And yes, Marti had a great story!

Here is a link that might be useful: hope this link works

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:36PM
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Mtn, you did a fantastic job. It has been such great fun watching you and the other GWebbers brainstorm on this project. Thank you so much for sharing the process and for being so gracious when threads go wonky. This and the Stone Cottage are just dreamy. Please keep sharing!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:43PM
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Love the room, mtn! I vote yes for the blinds - adds some texture to the room.

Wisteria has a clam shell, which I like the photo you posted:

Here is a link that might be useful: Clam shell

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 9:33PM
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Phobie Privett

What a beautiful room! Looks like something out of a movie. So many wonderful details! Can't wait to see it finished!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 9:45PM
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Really, really beautiful mtn, well done. You've got an amazing eye and are you so skilled at creating the perfect room. Can't wait to see the rest of the house.

I vote for driftwood or birch over the clam, could go either way with the blinds.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:29PM
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I see many generations creating lots of happy memories in that lovely room...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:21PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Absolutely beautiful! You have great taste and talent.
I think these antique tall sailing ship andirons would fit nicely in the Captain's home.

I have seen several of the anchor andirons also which are nice. Google for nautical andirons looking at the images search.

I just love the blues and whites you used.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tall ships

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 2:07AM
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You have done a wonderful job on your new vacation home! Those white chairs are just beautiful - like everyone else has said, keep those pics coming! :)

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 3:10AM
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I vote for a map over the fireplace. Not that you were taking votes?

Thanks for sharing the progress. It's looking wonderful.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 6:59AM
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Your LR is turning out beautifully. I would only do the Woven blinds if you need to use them pulled down all the way while you are away. They add an element but I'm not sure you need it. No Mirrors.
I maybe like the ottoman under the window, the table there is good but it looks lonely. If you come across the perfect coffee table or something in your travels, you know the ottoman could go elsewhere.
All in all, well done, I am amazed you completed as much as you did in the time you have.
Looking forward to more pics `- even without the finishing touches.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 10:54AM
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I just want to say "Thank you!" for going ahead and posting pics before your big reveal. I've watched it evolve and, even though I don't have a stake, feel a little emotionally invested in your project! You've done everything right. Honoring the past while making it your own.

I don't think blinds are necessary. The gorgeous wallpaper takes care of the "empty space" feel that one gets with a solid color. This is definitely something for the bottom of the list. Live with it until you realize you WANT something there.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 1:05PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Thanks so much for the info, Mtn! I thought it might be Lee, but didn't search well enough. I need a loveseat size to replace a like-new Stickley sofa that I have decided is just too big where I have it and it is my first and last loose cushion couch! Passing it on to the kids for their place!

Did I mention that I like the look of the bamboo blinds? I think they would look great. Of course, the windows look wonderful as is, too. Sigh. Whatever you do, I know it will be perfection.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 2:25PM
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Beautiful room! Also agree that bamboo/woven woods could help lighten the dark window frames. Same as the mirror over the fireplace will probably help lighten that expanse of dark wood.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 2:42PM
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Holly- Kay

Mtn, your room is absolute perfection! Every element is just beautiful.

I can't wait to see more of your beautiful home!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 9:53PM
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Thanks, HollyKay. You are kind!

Osage, Thanks. Yes, that is the big challenge in the room, and the more of it covered, the better I think.

Cyn, Gee, my hand me downs were never from Stickley! Lucky them. Glad to help w the sofa. It does come as a loveseat too.

Alex, That's cute, I am glad you enjoy following it. As for the blinds, I am leaning toward it for now...

Thanks, Missymoo. The round table was slated for Goodwill but somehow never made it. But when i saw it in the picture, I kind of liked it. I'm not sure. It seems odd to have a largish round table in that spot. But I have grown fond of it. And wherever possible I like to keep what is there. We will have to see. The area there is large ... I did see an old wicker game table (rectangular) that I might look at again...
Glad, I have to find the before. They were sad looking! what doesn't look better in white duck, eh? And a Robshaw pillow and locally loomed blanket.

Raven, Thank you. Blues and whites were the GW'ers idea! I was thinking chintz and teal (yikes). I can't explain it, but I don't want andirons or a screen. They are all in the basement. I want it open and oddly, airy. But the Esty ones are cool!

Bestyears, thank you!

Sochi, Thank you for the sweet compliment. I hope the driftwood works. The clamshell can skew kitschy, for sure.

Superchick, aww thanks! I really thought a lot of people might not like it, so it's nice to get good feedback.

Allison, thank you! I am leaning toward bamboo. Thanks for the link, i just love Wisteria so I got all distracted there!

Bethpen, It really is communal here, isn't it? I hope y'all don't feel underpaid, but I would much rather use GW than a given designer. I think you guys care more, for one! LOL I am glad you feel I am gracious; that's nice of you to say.
: )

Thanks Onedog! I have antiqued mirror going over the fpl and behind the sconces, to lighten things up more. We do love maps. We bought an old atlas and framed places we have been to as a family. We have a few more on the way but here they are in the 2nd fl hall.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 12:16AM
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Love the framed maps. I have a collection of old plat maps of places where either I have lived or my ancestors lived.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 8:04AM
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Beautiful! I would not use the bamboo blinds. I think it is great just the way it is. The room is a classic and the blinds are a trend.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 8:38AM
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Love it! You did an amazing job bringing all the elements together. It's been so fun to watch this project evolve.

I would also not do the bamboo blinds. I agree they add a casual look, but I wouldn't cover up the dark wood trim at the top of the window which ties into the wainscoting and the other trim in the room. Your room is also very different from the inspiration photo you posted, which has more of a Hawaiian influence.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 11:52AM
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I love your round table and sofa table! You have some lovely pieces!
Are your two slipcovered chairs from lee as well?

Wonderfully done, can't wait for the reveal!
Thanks for the peek!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 1:30PM
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Thanks, Kitch. The sofa table is a supposed chinese antique, the round table came with the house and contents.

Thanks, Pipdog!, and Louislinus,
I hadnt thought of the dark line as tying it, but you make a point. I don't see the bamboo as Hawaiian or trendy (I just grabbed a head on photo that showed bamboo blinds in the position I am talking about; ie between the top of the window and top of the rod). I think of bamboo as very classic and fitting just about anywhere, from college dorm to english manor house. Maybe this example shows it better:

Thanks Pugga, I should post a close up because the frames are great; I told my framer they should look like I found them in the attic and they sure do!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 11:33AM
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Well, bamboo blinds or bamboo partitions (or "woven wood") have been around in Japan since the 16th century, so definitely something our captain would have encountered.

Looking at the room, I'm wondering whether you might want to add a third color in accents (like a coral or yellow), maybe just as fresh cut flowers when you're there.

With shells and stuff, I think I'd stick to things that you can find on the beach or woods.

Oh, and as far as blue/white lamps or pottery, you could always see if you can find Delft or Chinese ginger jars on Ebay and make them into lamps. However, I agree that the real nice ones can be kind of pricy.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 1:36PM
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Love everything you have achieved on this home with the help of all the talented people here on GW. I have been following the progress and wow!!! I know Cote de Texas abhors the "dead" space between the rod and curtain. I think in your house you could go either way. Everything looks terrific!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:36PM
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I love that shade of blue in your fabrics and wallpaper. The patterns work beautifully together. Great job!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:17PM
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I've looked at many a decorating mag thru the years and Bamboo Roman shades have been used for as long as I can remember. I wouldn't 't consider them 'Hawaiian' OR trendy, but more traditional if anything. I've used the dark stained walnut in the guest bedrooms, and don't have draperies, but do prefer the treatment at the ceiling height.

I think it's the way to go mtn'dux! Dark, not the lighter Pecan which I've also seen. Classic for sure!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 4:08PM
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Wow! Love the mix of old and new! Your decision to keep the natural woodwork and to add light fabrics is very well executed.

I don't think you need shades at the windows. Why hide that beautiful light wallpaper, which enhances the room and lightens it up? In time, consider adding a beefier crown moulding to close the space between the top of the curtain rod and the crown.

Beautiful room. I can see you all curled up there reading and playing board games!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:05PM
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Congratulations mtn!

It's really beautiful, you must be so happy with the way this room turned out. It's dignified yet so airy and welcoming. I know how much thought you put into this, but it looks effortless, as though this room was always meant to look just like this.
Wishing you and your family many happy years at the seaside!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 8:14PM
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Here are two more images with darker blinds.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 6:03AM
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They both look great. I think the darker looks a little more formal.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 6:09AM
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The room looks so, dare I say it, inviting.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 7:48PM
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Ha ha ha, Suero! ; )

Crazy, thank you, how sweet! I think whenever we decorate we hope to create just that, a sort of "oh, this old thing?" look.

Bonnieann, Thank you! I think it was Joaniepoanie who put ther finger on what bothers me -- the dark brown horizontal line across the window tops. So we are adding blinds.

Thank you, Juju. I am a neophyte pattern mixer. Actually I don't usually use even one pattern!

Patty cakes, how about a mix of dark and light?

April, I will have to look that up on CDT. I know it's supposed to be ok but it bugs me...

Nosoccer, I totally agree. My "inspiration room" had green. I will have to fiddle with it ...

Aktillery, we decided to add in blinds. We looked at samples yesterday, and ended up going with the same blinds we just has installed in our MBA. They have a bit of a tortoise shell like variation to them. DH pointed out that the darker areas picked up the panelling color, and the lighter areas mimic the floor color.

Here is a shot:

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:13PM
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I think the blinds will look great :)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:59PM
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It's all so beautiful, and I can't wait to see the whole house. You are so talented!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 4:05PM
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Mtn, it's always a treat to see your photos. You have a great eye and a cleverness for combining elements to make a really lovely, inviting, livable space.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 4:30PM
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The dark wood and blue and white are perfect for the Maine coastline. I love what you have done. And, although I am late to catching up, I totally agree with the shades - I think they will make the room and the windows much more cohesive. Can't wait to see more!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 5:11PM
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Those are perfect blinds mtn! Cannot wait to see more photos of your gorgeous home!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 8:34AM
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Everything looks great! One question on the blinds, which I think is the perfect choice to blend the two wood tones. Will you mount them at the ceiling height to match the WT?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 11:28AM
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Those blinds are going to look really nice!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 11:29AM
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Hi Joanie, Thank you

Hi Arapaho, The blinds will go just under the rod, and be pulled up to just above the start of the window glass, much like Aktillery's helpful mockup.

Lazy, you are too kind! Thank you.

Marinagal, I am so glad you like it! It is not exactly typical but we think it works!

Errant, thank you.

Texanjana, How nice of you to say so!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 4:53PM
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Carved marble clamshell at One King's Lane:

Here is a link that might be useful: Vintage clamshell

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 9:51PM
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Back from a long summer and it was such a pleasure to see this room. It's a perfect combination of old world and new, dark and light. Very nice.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:29AM
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Such a beautiful room! I love the warmth and elegance of the wood with the airiness of the blue and white. A gorgeous backdrop for decorating through the seasons and making delicious memories!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 6:53PM
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Followup question:

In my quest to lighten up the LR I've long planned on inserting a panel of lightly aged mirror over the fpl. But the GC and the glass guys were very very slow to get around to quoting it. They finally have. In the interim, the surround is almost done (need grout, and also darkening the marble a tad with coffee).

I have begun to feel that if I have it light below, and a light above, it will leave the woodwork in relief, and look like a big brown "H": KWIM? I think I shouldn't bother with the mirror at all.

Note; painting is for somewhere else. Also note: bought an "off the rack" rug from Pottery Barn, chenille jute style. Happy with it at a 10th the price of a custom one.

PS found an old before

I traded out the too wimpy lamp for one with more weight, and I really like it. Sorry my only photo is from a distance.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:22PM
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I am not sure that antiqued mirror will read as "light" and the firebox is mostly dark. So I am not predicting an H effect.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:27PM
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Oh sigh, now that I look at it. I don't think it's the mirror idea that bugs me. I think the sconces are too small.

Thankfully they were Ballard closeouts and a steal.

Anyway, I think I will try a mirror I own in the space and that will help me visualize best.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:42PM
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