February gives us Valentines Day and for my husband and I, a wedding anniversary to celebrate.
We decided to commemorate these romantic occasions by purchasing a new mirror to hang over the fireplace in our front room.
Just before Christmas I bought a mirror for our living room. I always imagined buying something oak framed to match the fireplace but when I saw a spangly mosaic framed mirror in a local warehouse, I had to have it. I had no idea if it would work in the room or if my husband would take one look at it and refuse to hang it but I took the risk. My worries were unfounded. My husband loved it and I think it looks gorgeous.
Buying a second mirror to live up to this one was a big task. I wanted something grand and ostentatious. The sort of mirror that you could imagine finding dusty and forgotten in a dark and unwelcoming antique shop with a creepy owner. The sort of mirror that may hold dark mysteries.
Unbelievably, I found it.
We went to the same warehouse (which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite places for a browse). It wasn't instant love. I had reservations that the finish of the frame would not complement the colour of the chimney breast. There was an easy solution. I re-painted the chimney breast.
I absolutely love my new mirror, pictured here while the paint was drying and then in pride of place.
I do feel that I have taken another small step towards the home I want.