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Where to put the console table and what to put above it?

nixx22November 29, 2012
Hi Have a design Dilemma. I don't know where to put my mirrored console table or the huge mirror we just purchased. My husband thinks it's too much mirror. I agree. The point of getting the large mirror though was to expand the space and also reflect the light coming in from the large living room window. I need some serious design advice and suggestions. I was thinking of doing a vignette above the console but not sure if that would compete with the busy photo wall.
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nixx22
Here are some other places I have tried the mirrored console table. I also need to figure out what do to with the large mirror with shelf. One poster suggested I lower it. Super heavy but I will get my husband to do that.
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nixx22
Here are some other places I have tried the mirrored console table. I also need to figure out what do to with the large mirror with shelf. One poster suggested I lower it. Super heavy but I will get my husband to do that.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 7:57AM
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nixx22
Here are some other places I have tried the mirrored console table. I also need to figure out what do to with the large mirror with shelf. One poster suggested I lower it. Super heavy but I will get my husband to do that.
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Kim D
you need serious design help "NOT"...this place is gorg!!! You have a great eye and all pieces look great in all the locations that you have had them. I guess its just a matter of you and hubby's personal taste at this point. Looks professional if you ask me.
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Chambers
The house, at least what you've shown us, is well put together. I think if you leave the console in the dining area you really have to move the mirror down, almost touching the top of the console...that way it reads as a mirrored unit, each piece visually relating to the other. That said, however, it's very disconcerting to sit at the table and look at yourself, which the diners facing the mirror and console would do if the mirror was lower. However, the mirror must have something under it to anchor it...it's visually too heavy to hang there by itself. Perhaps something on the console that would block the reflection of guests would work. I also like the console in the living room, very pretty, but you still need something under the (lowered) mirror. Maybe a floating shelf in black lacquer would work. Hope this is helpful. Sorry for your husband having to lower that mirror, though! But it really has to be done.
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the essentials inside
nixx22 - I agree w/rivers300 - your place is gorgeous. I like the mirrored console table where you have it in the first pic - under the giant mirror, though I would lower the big mirror to just a little above the mirrored console, as I guess someone else suggested.

So now it just a question of what to do with the rectangular wall mirror?

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
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Natalie
Gorgeous Space! If you leave it on the wall with the mirror-then lower the mirror---or mount a chunky floating shelf below it... I do love the console in front of the window and the BIG paintings. :)
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nixx22
I could get rid of that small mirror I was just testing it out. I could put the artwork back and finish painting it.
    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 8:40AM
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nixx22
I'll repost when we lower the mirror. I'm hoping it will still showcase the height of the ceilings. I'm also going to lower my pictures on our photo wall and do some re-arranging of pictures on that wall.

Any thoughts on what and how it might look if we painted the staircase posts and instep white? I love it when I see it in houses and in the magazines but not sure if that would enhance our space or not.
    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:14AM
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janishill
I agree with Chambers. Lower the mirror so it reads as one unit.

You've done a great job so far and there is no reason to think you won't continue!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:25AM
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Natalie
If you want to draw attention to the staircase, then paint it as you suggested. Glad you're going to lower your photos, they are too high. As a rule---when hanging things THE CENTER of art, mirror, collage, etc. should measure 57-60 inches from the floor. Have fun...
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mpoulsom
Beautiful living area! I like the console table in front of the window in the living room personally. After you lower the collage of pictures on that wall, paint your vent cover the same color as the wall paint so it doesn't stand out as much, or get a beautiful decorative one that goes with the rest of your room style. Very pretty!!!!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:34AM
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nixx22
Okay thanks for the great suggestions. Does the room feel too sparce or cold in the dining area? I'm at a loss for how to warm up that space. Maybe with the finished painting I can get it to look better. Not sure. Feeling overwhelmed.
    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:48AM
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the essentials inside
nixx22 - Your home is fabulous already - no need to worry. Now it is just the tweaking - which is really fun!

I'd suggest taking the collage of small pictures on the wall down & turning those pictures into larger works of art or a more linear group of photos. You could also put some of the photos in larger frames & sit them on the mirrored console under the bigger mirror.

Here are just a couple of ideas - though I would add some color to the pictures/frames or mats:

Focal point wall in new living room · More Info


Wayne Thiebaud Print Display · More Info


Ritz Carlton Baltimore · More Info


Living Room / Dining Room. · More Info




Also -

Yes, I agree painting the staircase would work.

I can't tell from the pictures but I'm wondering whether the dining room chandelier is a little too high - Houzzers what do you think?

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 11:22AM
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judianna20
Great suggestion on what to do with the pictures. The Ritz Carlton pix is perfect. If you framed them in silver frames could the mirrored console go under them?
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 11:31AM
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sweetsy
Fabulous room--many excellent suggestions; lower the picture frames and change that arrangement up. Definitely lower the dining room light fixture. It is too high. I vote absolutely for painting the stair treads and spindles white and leave the steps and the rail, stained. That will be dramatic and lighten up so that they are more cohesive with the rest of the light and bright rooms. You have done a fantastic job! Keep it up!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:05PM
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janishill
Good idea judyg.
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the essentials inside
Looking for other things, came across this --

Cozy Living Room · More Info


Thought it was a cute idea for the x-large wall mirror - dress it up for the holidays maybe. Though I'd do a colored letter.

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 1:26PM
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nixx22
My husband and I attempted to move the huge heavy mirror last night so that we could lower it. Well I told my husband I would keep it upright (it was resting on the dining table) while he stood back to look at it...and I tried to pull it a little bit towards me and the whole mirror came crashing down and on my hand. Needless to say I was in complete agony i thought I broke a few bones in my right hand. It was extremely swollen and the palm of my hand and other side is completely swollen. I almost went to emerg last night but didn't want to wait forever. My hubby went and bought me extra strength advil took that and it helped big time. I'm icing the hand and the swelling went down a little.

so now I have a mirror that I just bought(wasn't cheap) and the top half is broken. The bottom half is still in tact. My husband suggested we get something smaller and without a shelf. I was thinking of trying to get the top half of the mirror replaced/repaied. I also thought that perhaps a vignette of a mirror, art work/b&w print and a vase on that wall might be better. Instead of the whole wall being that huge mirror. What do you all think.

I could fix the mirror and then try to sell it online.

Advice.

P.S. my glass console also chipped in the top corner and I have to try and glue back the little chunk of glass that broke off the top. Arrggghhh
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:50AM
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nixx22
My husband and I attempted to move the huge heavy mirror last night so that we could lower it. Well I told my husband I would keep it upright (it was resting on the dining table) while he stood back to look at it...and I tried to pull it a little bit towards me and the whole mirror came crashing down and on my hand. Needless to say I was in complete agony i thought I broke a few bones in my right hand. It was extremely swollen and the palm of my hand and other side is completely swollen. I almost went to emerg last night but didn't want to wait forever. My hubby went and bought me extra strength advil took that and it helped big time. I'm icing the hand and the swelling went down a little.

so now I have a mirror that I just bought(wasn't cheap) and the top half is broken. The bottom half is still in tact. My husband suggested we get something smaller and without a shelf. I was thinking of trying to get the top half of the mirror replaced/repaied. I also thought that perhaps a vignette of a mirror, art work/b&w print and a vase on that wall might be better. Instead of the whole wall being that huge mirror. What do you all think.

I could fix the mirror and then try to sell it online.

Advice.

P.S. my glass console also chipped in the top corner and I have to try and glue back the little chunk of glass that broke off the top. Arrggghhh
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:50AM
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mpoulsom
oh no :(
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:16AM
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the essentials inside
Oh no. That's so awful. So glad your hand isn't broken. Are you going to go to your Dr. just to make sure?

I'm not sure about repairing the mirror but you could probably have it re-cut into a or 2 smaller mirrors. You could use that w the art work/vase vignette or sell those online. You could also put the family photos in the big mirror's place.

If you see anything you like at our store to go in place of your broken mirror, I'll be happy to give it to you at my cost. You can email me at contact@essentialsinside.com.

Where did you buy the glass console? Maybe they can help you fix it?

Please let us know how your hand is. Sorry, this doesn't exactly make your designing less overwhelming.

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:21AM
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beattieboggs
So sorry to hear that. Hope you are okay?
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:22AM
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Kim D
nixx22, sorry to hear about your hand and the damaged items....Arrghhh is definitely the correct response here. I would try just enjoying the already beautiful space you have created for you and your family for now until you are healed.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 10:54AM
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judianna20
Very sorry. Accidents…one minute you are fine :>(. Thank heavens you didn't cut an artery. Keep up the Advil to reduce the swelling. Ice 10 min then off for a while.

You know those 12" square glass tiles with a sticky back? Could you use the bottom half and somehow make a pattern above or below?
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 11:14AM
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janishill
Oh no! That's terrible. I know you are heart sick as well as in pain.

Continue with the advil and ice. Also try to keep your hand up high; as in resting on a pillow, to help reduce the swelling.

I agree with Lyvonne. you may be able to have it recut. Then it would at least be usable.

We are thinking of you. Keep us posted.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 1:30PM
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Christelle
just passing by to tell you i wouldn't change a thing your place is gorgeous
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 2:29PM
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Oh kiddo! I have loved you home from the first time you posted - have the mirror cut down as you suggested and try your other ideas - the sound just right! Arnica for shock for you/hand ASAP! (Arnica is used topically for a wide range of conditions, including bruises, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, superficial phlebitis, joint pain, inflammation from insect bites, and swelling from broken bones.Source: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/arnica-000222.htm#ixzz2DkXzT6wD
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1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:01PM
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nixx22
thank you so much everyone for all the kind words and concern. My mom came by to help me out since i only had one functioning hand and it's difficult with a 3 month old. Thankfully my 6 year old was at school and he and my husband left for hockey practice so I'm getting some rest.

The hand is severely bruised, no broken bones thankfully. Wearing a tensor band on it right now. Advil is helping and I'm continuing to ice it and my mom rubbed biofreeze on it. The palm of my hand is black and blue arrggghhghg. I'm mad at myself for trying to be a hero with the mirror but what's done is done. When it comes to decorating when I'm on a roll Its hard for me to stop or get side tracked. But I need to let my hand heal. I couldn't even hold my son last night with my right hand.

Once I get that dining wall done and move the pictures down I'm going to start focusing on our family room/ man cave/play area. My son Austin's room and the kitchen.

Thanks everyone for awesome suggestions, advice, kind words and kind offers. I'm so glad I found this site for design and decorating inspiration, ideas and fellow posters like yourselves for great advice.

Okay I'm done typing with one hand. Off to go and take it easy.
Cheers,

nicole
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Peartree
I'm so sorry you hurt your hand and I hope its healing. Your house is beautiful. IMHO I think the mirror was too much mirror anyways and would love to see the mirror console with a big piece of art over it to bring some life to the back wall. If you wanted a bit of bling there do a wider silver frame on the piece.
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the essentials inside
Hi nixx22. Just checking in to see how you and your hand are doing. Hope it feels better already.

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 3:59PM
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nixx22
Hi Everyone, So my hand has healed thank goodness and I ended up having just a plain piece of mirror installed on the back wall a bit smaller in size then the original mirror we bought. I decided to go this route so that I could make my own frame and change it whenever I wanted. Now I'm stuck as to what type of frame to do. I like that ash grey distressed wood look. I also love the very ornate and sometimes colourful frames that are out there now...although I don't want to do the frame in yellow.

I also finished the painting I was working on and we hung it up. I also got a round mirror that I put going up the stairs that looks nice to me also.

I still feel like something is missing from the back wall. I also plan to still lower the pictures on my photo wall and possibly lose a few and put some going up the stairs.

Not sure what else the room needs. Suggestions welcomed. I think I may just start working on the lower level family room now. My husband and son spend a lot of time down there and they've made it their own space but it still needs a woman's touch!

Thanks to Lyvonne!! from the essentials inside for offering to sell me a mirror at discount. That was truly very sweet and thoughtful of you :)I really appreciate the offer.

I want to paint the bathroom just off of the living room dining room...want a colour that will go with my revere pewter room. I also need a good wall colour for my all white kitchen. Suggestions welcom.

Thanks again everyone for the great feed back!

Nic

P.S. I've been getting really creative with my picture taking now that I have a new Samsung Phone and instagram. Take a look at my photo montages.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 2:39PM
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nixx22
bump bump bump...
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 7:51AM
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the essentials inside
nixx22 - so glad your hand is healed! Love the photo montage except when I click on it to see the enlarged view on Houzz, I can't see the whole thing. Can you upload the pics separately? I like how the new mirror looks. For some reason my brain is taking a nap w/out me right now so I'll have to re-read your post. :)

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
    Bookmark   Thanked by nixx22    January 26, 2013 at 4:33PM
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Cure Design Group

I love your space! I think my favorite place you have had your mirrored console is in the window between the chairs, I would move your round table and lamp to the left of the chair (the one on the left) Hope this helps! Great job!

1 Like    Bookmark   Thanked by nixx22    March 5, 2015 at 12:41PM
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decoenthusiaste

Glad you came through the crash OK. Your place is really swell, but it is getting overloaded with decor. The eye needs to rest occasionally on an undecorated spot. Consider splitting it the accessories up into warm and cool seasons and switching out half of it twice a year. You mentioned that your efforts with the mirror were to help emphasize the high ceiling, but I think your approach there is wrong. Noting the grouping that is climbing above the door frames, I'd have to suggest that the center point of that arrangement should be at 5' above the floor. Decorating above the space where you and your furniture live (below the door and window frames) doesn't do anything positive. Art and other wall hung items should visually unite with the furniture, not with the ceiling. Hope that will help you sort things out and feel better about the back wall too.

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my1gmail
OLD, OLD POST ! Last time we heard from OP was Jan. 2013.
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decoenthusiaste

Oops! Didn't have my glasses on!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2015 at 2:40PM
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nixx22

Thanks for all the feedback I love getting updates and hearing from posters. My latest dilemma is if I should paint the long TV wall a accent colour . I was thinking a dark grey but was hoping someone could do a mock for me so I can see what it might look like.

Not sure but just feel like I`m ready for a change. the other thought is to lose the yellow accents and switch out for a different colour . Would love feedback.

Thanks.

nicole

    Bookmark   March 5, 2015 at 5:39PM
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