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I just finished putting the first coat of paint on the fireplace!~!! LOL. Okay, I was going to wait, but I figured if I don't like it, it might be the incentive I needed to encourage DH to support my wanting to buy the surround sooner than later. But guess what? I like it. I had a gallon of White Castle (Dutch Boy) and a half gallon of Harrington Beige. I mixed some in a new gallon and I came out with the perfect colour. It's cream but with just a tint of beige.

Warning: Do any of you know how hard it is to paint a fireplace??? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I started 2 hours ago. haha

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That's a really good description Anthea. I think to me, art has to mean something. It has to evoke some emotion in me. There's a brand new gallery in Halifax that showcases one man's work and we went in a few days ago, and I could have cried it was so significantly fantastic. I think H&H should do an article on this guy's art. It's expensive (as in $4000 for one piece) but I have to tell you, if I had $4000 at my disposal, I'd of snatched up a piece on the spot. Yes, I do agree, art has meaning, and I believe that each piece can evoke something different in each person.

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your work in progress. It has been fun - almost like getting to do it myself.

You are doing great. I love the way your fireplace looks and I think you are getting the look you wanted, based on your sample room picture.

I love orange, and I loved it long before it was trendy. I hunted long and far for orange things for my house four years ago, and when I used to wear colours, long and hard for clothes in orange 15 years ago! Now, I am phasing out the orange in my house (though I love it still - such a happy colour) and there is a plethoria of orange! But, I have a great orange handbag now - one of my favorites!

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Yes the scarf is orange, and yes, I love Theberge, too. He's awesome. I've seen some of his other artwork (prints, lithos, and originals) go for a lot of $$$. This is the best I could afford :-) I'm happy with the way it works in the room. I was hoping to bring the colour in the room using different pieces thus my stainless steel tray of pears, the tulips, etc. And the white glass (through the white tulips in the print)

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It's definitely not urban. It's more art deco, but I love the colour. I may end up using the two new stainless steel prints side by side. Depends on the scale. I'll let you know later when I pick them up from the photog store. :-)

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Here's a pic of the artwork i'm putting over the fireplace. If this doesn't work, I have another one I'm considering.

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Mambo Girl, a big stainless steel bowl of green apples would look great on the table, though :-)

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Thank you for taking the time to do the visual. That's really great.

The artwork over the mantel is being upgraded. I have a wonderful piece that is going up. (one step at a time). I'll show you the artwork soon :-) The artwork you put in the visual is great, I like that, but I'm not a fan of prints over top of one another. I like ONE simple framed print, but in this case, it had to be a larger print for my walls, thus, ordering the 16x20 frames yesterday. (which by the way, they called 2 seconds ago to say they were back already!!!!)

As for the rug, that's a given, it's just a matter of $$$. That'll come pretty soon. But that's the idea I'm looking for. A beige carpet remnant. (finished edges, obviously)

I don't care for the tray and the flowers - that takes it from contemporary/urban to too traditional. Traditional is not me. I also don't care for the mirror, but I do know you were using that in place of artwork.

Thank you again for doing that. It's very appreciated.

Anthea, you're right, the tones are definitely a little off. They are much more muted in RL. I am going to paint the metal grate on the FP black. I just have to get some heat resistant spraypaint. The flowers and the plant are not in their right positions in the pic I posted. I am waiting for the FP to dry before I put everything back. The plants, however, are silk, (boston ferns). You can't get decent silk plants around here. I searched high and low and the closest thing to contemporary plants was ferns. Everything else was philadendron type of plants. Not me.

:-)

THanks for the advice. I'll keep you all posted when the prints are up.

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I just love it Dekota, fresh and crisp. I also love the runner on your coffee table. It's a very sharp room, and worth the effort.

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And this is the after

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This is the before (this was taken last fall)

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I'm really pleased. I feel I'm starting to get it. I went through my collection of flowers and pulled out a dozen orange tulips I had from a previous arrangement. I think that will give it the added punch of colour.

Here's a quick snapshot. I have to wait for the mantel to dry to put the stuff up, and move everything back properly.

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...what paint can do?!? It looks great Dekota! Really brightens up and freshens your whole room!

Wow! :)

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Paris, the pic is from Maritime frame it. But Bombay carries it, too :-)

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It looks so much better--really fresh. Great work!

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It looks really really good! Makes me want to throw myself onto the painting frenzy and get cracking on my own much hated fireplace.

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Here is the first coat.

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OMG, I'm so excited. I love it! I even painted the mantel! I think it's going to work out really well. My URBANE Contemporary style can still be strong, but it will come in the way of accents, colours and fabrics. I'm glad I painted. I need to give Mambo a big hug for pushing me in that direction...

MG, wherever you are, thanks!

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Please post pics later. Good luck finishing it...I have heard painting brick isn't much fun.

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