Monday, February 2, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday



When we first moved into this home we had no idea how we were going to tackle these huge cathedral ceilings and massive walls...however, I did know that because of the architecture I wanted the fireplace to stand out so we added the green color to that wall, the green is in the same family as the sofa. The new TV no longer fit in the armoire so it had to be moved to the bedroom and this is what I was left with...ugh...not the look I was going for, but time, money etc...you can't completely see it but that wall goes way up...


Then I had these mis-treatments going on too...nothing was working and I was becoming increasingly frustrated..then hubby and I realized other than the huge TV wall the problem was the fireplace it was much too traditional for the look we were trying to achieve and the paint needed to be carried on to that huge monstrous wall..yikes! I love my big round mirror and assumed because of it's size it was best placed on the biggest wall.... but thanks to some very patient ladies from RMS and a wonderful hubby that big bad boy had to be moved!



Finally, the look we wanted, cream glass tiles, a hearth and a big chunky mantel..and look the mirror fits much better here! All things by trial and error. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things.../a>I loved that big 3 piece armoire when we bought it and now those two end pieces are sitting in my garage...I need to find something to do with them but what??? hmmm that's a project for another date...



It's always a work in progress but getting there...I just wish that once I could complete a room from beginning to end without having to wait for the money to do it;) We are planning to add a header above the TV and add some much needed lighting for the space. This is the room we live in the most...but hubby says nothing more inside until we start on the backyard...it's a mess maybe one day I will have my tropical getaway back there...maybe....

All I know is that I am so lucky to have a handy man because if not we sure wouldn't have this much done;) Don't forget to check out more of the Met Monday's ideas just click on the badge on my side bar to take you to Susan's and the list!

Hugs French;0)

xoxoxox





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45 comments:

Susan said...

Love your fireplace...looks great! I understand the work as you can...we do the same!

I look forward to seeing more of your home..it is beautiful!

Susan

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

French, You did great as always. I love the fireplace with that huge mirror above it. You have a beautiful room!
Hugs, Terrie

~♥~ Monica S said...

Great colors in your home! Really liked your big mirror when you moved it.. it looked even bigger above the fireplace! :-) NICE!!

Monica

marty39 said...

The fireplace looks gorgeous and the mirror is perfect there. My last house had those really high vaulted ceilings and I loved the volumn they gave to the house. You did a wonderful job. Hugs, Marty

Wendy said...

Love the changes you made to your home. The big mirror looks great above the fireplace.

Twice as Nice said...

It turned out so good. With the extra two pieces maybe you could turn one into a place for extra storage for your bathroom if it would fit. So many possibilities with these two pieces. They don't have to look like two pieces that came with an armoire. Can't wait to see what you do with them. Maybe save it for another Monday!!

Dixie's Whimsey said...

French... those darn big screen TV's... since getting ours, I just sit in the family room and think about how I can rearrange the furniture to keep the big black hole from being THE focal point!

Your room looks great! love the fireplace! love the subtle colors too...

Dixie

prof en retraite said...

Hi French! Your fireplace looks great! I love the new tiles and that mirror has found its perfect new home! This new look really reflects your style! Great job...Debbie

mrsben said...

It's amazing what a little persistence and a whole lot of creativity will achieve. You've done a marvelous job!!!!! Can't wait to see what you do with the armoires.
Hugs -Brenda-

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my stars, I heart that fireplace. The mirror, the tiles!!! Now my wheels are a turnin' (hubby thanks you)!

Helen said...

Oh goody~! I remember your mirror from RMS! You have achieved perfection in your make-over.

ellen b said...

This spot is great for the mirror! It really looks good. Hey since you are headed outside next make sure to take before shots and then we can see what you do outside :0)

Happy To Be said...

GM French Fry...I just loved this room from RMS and love it more now with the story behind it..That mirror just makes it complete and I know what you mean about time and money..I would just love to get 1 room done..I am a mess I go from room to room..I bore too easy...hope you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Bridget said...

I kept looking at that first picture thinking that's not how I remember Frenchie's house from RMS. Duh!! What a fantastic makeover.
I hope you are feeling okay. We've all slowed down on the blogging but I miss those almost daily comments back and forth. It was a good time but it's time to move forward and take on new tasks and challenges.
hugs, b.

claudie said...

Hi French
I would love to sit in front of that gorgeous fire place with a good book and a nice glass of wine. Just beautiful.
Happy Monday
Love Claudie

Chris said...

First , yes you are so lucky to have a handy husband and next what you both did to that fireplace is incredible. It looks like something out a magazine. Simply beautiful.

Hugs,
Chris

Bo said...

Hi Lisa...Such a brave move totally changing out your fireplace...but that's what people with vision do and it turned out to be the correct move...looks so good!! ;-) Bo

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi French...I love your mirror over the fireplace...it looks perfect there! I also love the new bigger mantel...the color of the mantel looks so good with the mirror, too! I always wish I could just do a room all at once, too...but it's probably good I can't because I change my mind mid project sometimes. Great Before and After! Susan

Justine said...

I absolutely love the way you've decorated that room. It's so comfy and welcoming, and lots of pretties to look at!

Justine :o )

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

what a wonderful metamorphasis!! Looks so calm and serene now!

Raggedy Girl said...

What a great job. I am thinking of re-doing my fireplace and you gave me a lot to think about.
Roberta Anne

Pinky said...

I remember seeing this beautiful transformation on RMS. You have don e such a beautiful job! I love your "wallpaper", I am really into palm trees and the british colonial look too! Pinky

Momovthree said...

Everything looks wonderful! I just love that mirror, it is perfect there.
~Michelle

xinex said...

I can see the big difference, French. I really like it now. Very nice!..Christine

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's beautiful!!

Linda said...

Looks great, I like that big mirror. I understand the work in progress thing, we are always doing that, as we have the funds and as we have time.
Linda Q

ann said...

The mantle is awesome.I want to paint mine,but you know once it's painted,that's it...I'll keep thinking on that one.It's so nice to have a handy hubby,isn't it??????Ann

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Yep, the mirror looks much better over the fireplace. It has so much more prominence theer.

nikkicrumpet said...

I'll bet moving that mirror was a HUGE chore. Did the hubby look at you and roll his eyes at least once lol. The end result was worth all the hard work. It really is beautiful! I love the changes to the fireplace...and the mirror looks right at home!

janet said...

oh Lisa, i never tire of seeing your home and your fireplace is absolutely awesome....i finally added a new post, brought in a little spring...lol im trying to get back to my blog....but....
hugs
janet

Design Ties said...

I love your fireplace transformation!! The mirror looks great there... the chunky wood mantel is a huge improvement over the original mantel... and the understated accessorizing is just perfect :-)

Kelly (one half of DesignTies)

salmagundi said...

I would love that mirror anywhere in my house! It is beautiful, but it must be a handful to hang. Thank goodness for men and their upper body strength!!! Sally

Donna Marie said...

FABULOUS WOMAN.... JUST FABULOUS! THAT MIRROR LOOKS SO PERFECT THERE! GMAN OUTDID HIMSELF ON THE FIREPLACE. (Why am I yelling?)

55 stars!!!!!!!! (rms style)

xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

beth at aunties said...

Mt fireplace wall is the very same. I really love the sage green color you painted it to make it pop. My mind is a racing...:-)
The mirror is beautiful and the wall is huge. Yep, just like mine. I really like the whole transformation!

Raxx - A day in the life said...

It's amazing how that mirror came alive in the new space! A fantastic met monday!

mbkatc230 said...

The mirror is perfect above the fireplace. It's funny, I would have come to the same conclusion about it needing to be on the biggest wall. What did you do with the artwork that was above the mantle, it's a really nice piece. As always, love what you do. We certainly understand doing things as you can, the money tree is wilting! Kathy

Linda said...

The fireplace looks wonderful with that mirror above it. That was a surprise move, but you are right, we have to think outside the box sometimes. Linda

GutsyWriter said...

I can't believe the before and after with that one mirror. I'm a new visitor.

Tootsie said...

this is just beautiful! you have done a great job. I love the green...I have a wall or two that are similar! I totally understand the vaulted ceiling and talllllllll wall issues...I too have those. The round mirror just looks perfect there...it softens the edges of the straight lines of the walls and ceilings!
thanks for sharing this with us!

~CC Catherine said...

French, I'm revisiting you today to remind you to stop by my post today, 2/3, I've mentioned your name! I could have "totally recalled" that I left you a comment yesterday, I think I'm having posting problems. Anyways...your Transformation and facelift to the fireplace area and entire room is phenomenal! Love the Mirror over the fireplace! Superb job! ~CC Catherine (don't forget to stop by)

kiakai said...

You were my first "follower". Donna came by today too. Thanks for all of your help! Such a long way to go. I'll be learning from one of the best.
xoxoxoxox Kelly

Picket said...

Hey Frenchie...I have always loved this transformation...you are amazing with all that decorating talent! Thanks so much for the sweet birthday wishes and thanks for the advice on my style...I read what you wrote and I thought 'cottage chic???' Is this girl making up words to fit me & my style!!! lol Then I googled it and I was shocked!! It is a real term and I love it....I have always had two sides in me (well ok 4 if you gotta count the wide hips) but I love rustic country & yet I love cottage style yet not so much white..I never can make that work for me...I love painted furniture...I love wallpaper...I love checks and toile and florals...I will squeal over a rusty plow and over a delicate embroidered hankie...I love the warm darker colors but yet I can see a soft buttery yellow or blue room and just sigh....I have issues!!! lol But thanks so much for putting a name to at least half my issues! lol Love ya girl...have a great week!

SchmeckyGirl said...

I remember your mantle and mirror on RMS! I love the whole look.

Michael said...

I love your fireplace...the whole room is amazing!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh it looks great. Love what you did with the fireplace.

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