Happy Monday, all! I continued my work on the walls in the dining room and entryway this weekend. I also tackled a couple of other projects in there, like trimming out the front door and patching the hardwood floor in the new opening between the dining room and kitchen. Today I hope to get that opening completely finished and framed out, as well as get the rest of the picture frame moulding on the walls that I can go ahead and finish (obviously I’ll leave the areas around the windows unfinished until the new windows are installed) so that I can share my progress with you tomorrow.
But I spent my work breaks this weekend scouring the internet for ideas on what to put above my buffet on the entryway wall. And by the way, I decided to go with the one big panel above the buffet, rather than the three smaller panels to match the outside panels.
I decided on the one large panel because that seems like the perfect space for one large statement piece.
I love the idea of a large, beautiful mirror above the buffet. A mirror is handy to have right by a front door, but a large mirror also brightens a room since it reflects light. So it seems like a perfectly good option. But I’ve looked just about everywhere I can think to look online, and I can’t find anything that I think would be “just right” for that wall.
This wall (as well as this whole front room) is my chance to make a first impression when someone enters my home, and I want my personality and love of color to really shine through in this room. And since all of the walls will be white, using a plain or simple mirror just seems like a completely wasted opportunity to me.
One of my favorites was this Jasmine Bamboo Mirror from Pottery Barn.
But the actual mirror is only 34″ square, which would look way smaller than what I’ve depicted in the photo above. Plus, doesn’t it look just a little bit boring, and like a wasted opportunity? I think it does.
I also really like this Harlequin Mirror from Ballard Designs, but I like it used as a set of three as shown.
But at $179 each, that’s $537 for a look that’s still pretty underwhelming to me. It’s okay, I guess, but it’s not a look I’d ever pay that much for.
I wasn’t just looking for gold mirrors. I was looking for anything and everything that might possibly work above that buffet and give my white wall a big shot of personality and style. I also didn’t rule out the possibility of making something myself. I came across this mirror on Houzz that I thought might be a contender, and I could certainly make something like this…
So I did a very quick cut-and-paste to get an idea of what something like that would look like…
It’s all wrong. Even if I were to leave off the Greek key design, I still think something like that would look way too heavy above the buffet. And it still looks like a missed opportunity to me. That has been my problem with every single mirror I’ve found that I actually like. Every single one of them just looks very underwhelming on that big white wall.
So then I looked at artwork ideas. My absolute favorite kind of artwork is colorful abstracts on canvas. I don’t like the kind that are really linear or geometric. I like the ones that look very fluid and organic, like this one…
I mean, that artwork just makes me smile. If I could wallpaper an entire room in that, that room would be my happy place. Seriously.
This abstract triptych by Christina Baker also caught my eye.
I found so many by just searching “large colorful artwork” on Pinterest — gorgeous, colorful, inspiring, amazing paintings. But I think my favorite one – the one that I’ve daydreamed about all weekend, and the one that I picture in my mind’s eye each and every time I look at my entryway wall — is this one by Rebecca Cabassa.
So I did another quick cut-and-paste to see what that would look like…
Oh my goodness…yes! Now that is me!
So, I’m pretty sure I’ll opt for artwork – a huge, colorful, bright, abstract painting.