We have since updated this look with white paint and a self-installed floor. While I would love to re-do the entire facade of the fireplace, it is not within the budget. What we have created, I believe, is still a miracle when all is said and done.
I realize some of the pictures may be soft focus here. I was shooting without a flash to capture the glow and twinkle of the lights. I really need to update my camera!
The fireplace went from being an eye-sore to visually stimulating.
The mirror is an antique from my grandmother's attic. Its visual weight helps me to balance the uneven shelving by dispersing light back out and also maximizes the lowest shelf.
The bentwood rocker, a roadside prairie dove.
Jesus as a young child- a framed antique print from my mother. It is rare to find an image like this. Most will feature Christ as an infant, Christ suffering, or Christ glorified. It is not easy to come by one in young adolescence. I leave this image up year round. Mercury glass adds sparkle to this vignette.
The upper shelf features another framed antique print, this one a gift from my brother. The subject is a veiled Victorian woman clutching two doves to her breast. While I do not think the image is of our Blessed Mother, it still reminds me of her. The rabbit sculpture is from HomeGoods, but has a folksy primitive presence. We also have rabbits, so it's fun to have one up.
Waiting for Santa and staying on the 'nice' list,
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