The perfect backdrop to my parents beautiful dining room table and fall tablescape (check it out here if you missed it) is what I like to call “the wall of mirrors.”When you have a wall that serves as the backdrop to a 16 foot long table the key ingredient is understanding scale. One large piece of art would not suffice, nor would a series of art work. The perfect solution? Create a dynamic and interesting collage of mirrors. The reflection of the mirrors also serve a purpose making the room appear larger with more depth instead of a long narrow shape.
My first response when I brought this idea to my mom was average at best. She was hesitant taking on the task of creating this collage and risk of not knowing how it would turn out. Patience is a virtue in this case as her wall of mirrors has evolved over the span of three plus years. The reason? Each mirror has a story and a meaning behind it. You aren’t going to find a mirror from a typical home good store on this wall…
For example – this beauty was our thank you gift to my parents after our wedding and we purchased it while honeymooning in Paris, France. Talk about a long trip back with a fragile early 1900′s hand carved mirror! Completely worth it though…it is stunning.Or these two mirrors that mix a more modern gray straight lines mirror (mothers day gift) with that of a two hundred year old frame from Belgium (my moms family). Or a frame purchased on a family trip to Maui from old sailboat wood. And the mirror that used to serve as the landing for my dads childhood farm house of his family of nine brothers and sisters. My dad actually laughs looking back thinking he never actually knew it was a mirror because it was always covered by coats, hats and scarves. The large round mirror a gift from my dad to my mom for Christmas one year. The large rectangle mirror a gift from my brothers and sister in laws for Christmas as well. And the intricate hand carved mirror from my mom’s cousin (practically like a sister) Barb that she found antique shopping.
I think my mom would agree that watching this wall evolve has been enjoyable. Although patience is key – as character like this wall of mirrors doesn’t develop over night but provides a meaningful display of family history and love. The perfect solution.
Traditional color palette for the fall tells us to use a warm color palette of oranges, reds and yellows. However, when my mom approached me with the design dilemma of decorating her massive (16 feet long) and beautiful table for the fall, she put in the request to use a cool, neutral color palette of smoky blues, a touch of subtle green and textural neutrals.
Another request was to incorporate visual height to the table. Adding this vertical impact with five vases filed with neutral floral arrangements helps break up the horizontal plane / length of the table.
Sidenote: When my parents remodeled their home one of the most, if not the most important room in the plan, was the dining room. My mom is a phenomenal cook and we all gather almost every Sunday for family dinner so it was very important for her and my dad to have us eat as a family on Sunday afternoon. VERY COOL. Now with 10 grandchildren, they need to buy a couple more chairs to add to the 16 foot long table. Talk about massive chaos as the adults are now outnumbered with all the little kiddos running around. Fun problem to have…but it might be five years or so before an actual adult conversation can take place again.
Once the five vertical floral arrangements were put together a long conversation at the local Hobby Lobby and trying about 30 different combinations (after a while every combination start looking the same) we settled on this…
Then we took to the material that would ground the floral arrangements and settled on a large burlap runner. Next was figuring out the large decorative elements that would serve between the floral arrangements. We found a great neutral pumpkin at Home Goods and then scavenged around the house to fill in the other items. Keeping the palette neutral and incorporating baskets and beautiful pottery made for the perfect statement setting combination.
Stay tuned for Thursday as I talk more about the fantastic wall of mirrors you see in the background. What do you think of the fall table scape? Do you like the neutral / cool tone color palette?
We’re so excited to finally share our updated site with you! It feels like it’s taken a while, even though it’s really only been a few weeks. During the past couple of months, Jill and I talked about revamping MiddleRedefined.com and adding a few things, but we didn’t really know how to get that done. However, after working with a college student trying to build his website portfolio, long nights at Jill’s house while our kids screamed endlessly, and Jill’s husband teaching himself html code (thank you so much Kevin!!), we made it!
On this revamped version of MiddleRedefined.com, we have a few new features to share with you.
1. We have a fresh, new look. What do you think? We searched and searched for a template that we would love, and we found ours on BluChic.com. We liked the magazine look of the home page and the clean, photography-heavy layout.
2.Search and subscribe are now available. One of the biggest pieces of feedback that we got with our old site was people wanted a search function and to be able to subscribe. So, we added them! Just scroll down on the home page, and you’ll see them in our sidebar.
3. We just launched design services. We are so grateful for all of you who have joined us at MiddleRedefined.com. We’ve had so many amazing people tell us how much they love the inspiration we’re able to provide. So we decided it was time to take that to the next level! You’ll see on our services page that we are now offering personalized design help. We’ve had so much fun getting to assist several people throughout the past few months with their design dilemnas, and we’d love to partner with you too!
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Be sure to let us know what you think of our new look and feel! And thank you, thank you, thank you again to Jill’s fabulous husband, Kevin, who spents hours making our site look and function exactly the way we wanted. You are amazing!