Oct 9, 2016

~ shelves shift


I just bought this pair of Italian fish at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show. They are from Nufangle Antiques in Kansas City. I can't quite decide if they are going to stay in this spot or not. I love the fish, but do they make the wall look washed out?  This fireplace is made of cement, and I painted it to resemble limestone. (Hopefully you all thought it was limestone!) I used to love the color, but now I think it looks yellow? I think it desperately needs dark grey. I've met with Andy Moore about re-painting the fireplace. We'll see how that goes. 

I noticed something else when I hung the fish.. I didn't like the darker colored books on the shelves. In fact, I didn't like some of the vignettes on the shelves at all. Another project began...

 I took out all the black books on the shelves...

And started moving things around...

So here are the shelves before the switch, with the dark-colored books still in place...

And here they are after the removal of the darker books, and a few things rearranged...

I don't mind the empty spaces!









Much lighter and happier! Not so serious...

I have other options for the space over the fireplace. I'm waiting for something to be framed, one option. I've always wanted a sunburst mirror, another option. As far as the painting of the fireplace, I'm on a waitlist. Always a process...


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10 comments:

Reviving Charm said...

I feel your pain as I've been working on finding just the right thing to hang over our fireplace I just purchased a round-ish mirror that will hopefully be hung soon. Good luck and hopefully the waitlust isn't too long.

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

I love the fish hung over the fireplace mantel. Your restyled bookcases look beautiful! I hope that you have a wonderful week!!!

David & Dianne said...

The shelves look amazing--since when don't you like empty spaces (lol). You have never liked the different things you have tried over the fireplace. Just get a mirror and call it a day! Advice from your mother who changes things everyday😁

debra timmerman said...

Love the fish! Why don't you paint the back of the bookcases the green that is in those plaques or find a wallpaper or grass cloth that color? for the little bit you need, you can probably find some remnants on Ebay!

Charlotte Des Fleurs said...

Hi Jan, You have come up against what I call a "Design Diva". What is that? It is something that demands center stage and does not like sharing attention with anything else. All other items in the room (or at least on the wall) must be supporting players. Usually a Diva is something big and important like a fireplace or a mirrored Armoire.

I think you have two choices - 1) Let the fish REALLY stand out by changing all your books and fireplace to gray, or 2) split up the fish so that they are not so imposing.

Personally, I would try #2 first. Keep the yellow fish because it "fits the space", compliments the fireplace surround and bookcase vignettes. The other fish is quite lovely and actually gets lost next to its yellow sister. Certainly you have a place in your home where the less colorful fish would add texture and interest - perhaps in your kitchen?

Smiles from Charlotte Des Fleurs

The French Tangerine said...

Thank you Reviving Charm and Shannon!! And Mom!
I LOVE this idea Debra Timmerman! Thank you for this great idea.. That has really gotten my creative juices flowing..
Charlotte Des Fleurs - Design Diva is brilliant! You are exactly right.. I also thought of trying the striped fish, but he looks lonely up there.. I also have a cow painting I am competing with on another wall in the room..

Appreciate all the feedback! I have received lots of emails also! I can use all the help I can get!

XOXO
Jan

Charlotte Des Fleurs said...

HI Jan, Sorry to butt in, but I am confused about your design direction. Your fireplace surround has an 1930's Art Deco vibe while the iron fender seems much more French, Spanish or Italian. Your Sconces are very modern. I would replace them with something in black iron or simply paint them black, remove the glass and use clip-on shades. I like the shield shape favored by Charles Faudree.

Well, you asked for ideas, so I would remove the Dentil moulding on your book cases. With everything else you have going on, I think it is too busy and distracts from your fireplace area. You seem to be moving away from English and toward French / Italian. Even though the Dentil Moulding is Greek in origin, it feels too English to me. Take a photo of your room and photo shop out the Dentil Moulding to see the effect.

Smiles from Charlotte Des Fleurs

The French Tangerine said...

You really spent some time analyzing the space, Charlotte Des Fleurs! You are right, I do have a lot going on! That's kind of how I operate. I don't go for one genre in particular.. Just whatever I am attracted to. It's a very eclectic look and it carries throughout my house. In the living room, you'll find the rustic charm of brick floors and cedar beams mixed with a sofa covered in Fortuny fabric, and drapery with bullion fringe tassels! It's a mess I guess, but a really pretty mess :) And somehow, it works.. Not for everyone, but perfect for me! This decorating process does leave me in a predicament, like the one I'm currently in, with the fish over the fireplace :)
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment!
XOXO
jan

Charlotte Des Fleurs said...

Hi Jan,

I really enjoy the exuberance of your decorating style. Such a refreshing change from the safe, safe, safe use of all white and gray.

My personal decorating motto is "Only buy what you love, but not EVERYTHING you love!" It keeps me out of a lot of trouble!

Smiles from Charlotte Des Fleurs

therelishedroost said...

The room looks so elegant!!