Things I “Need” Week – A Trumeau Mirror

We have a landing going to our upstairs and  I am thinking a trumeau style mirror would look great there. It is a dark area and the mirror would be a nice reflection and give light to that area. So, what exactly is a Trumeau Mirror? I think this source gives the best description.

The trumeau mirror originated in France during the 18th century and are as popular today as they were then.  Trumeau mirrors were intended to hang on the wall between windows providing a decorative element to the wall as well as serve a purpose of bringing in more light.  Most antique trumeau mirrors are found painted, as the style of most homes during the 18th century homes were painted in rich faux work with ornate plaster frieze that ornamented the walls. The trumeau mirror is quite easy to identify, as it is most often rectangular in design. The size of the mirror was dependant on the size of the mantle or the width of the wall on which the trumeau hung.  Trumeau mirrors are designed where the bottom portion is the mirror itself, while the top is generally decorative.   The lower portion of a trumeau is always a mirror, and placed behind a candle and served the purpose of bringing in more light in dimly lit homes.  Homes were not wired for electricity, so any way of bringing in light which extended the hours of  daylight was a necessity.  The upper portion of a trumeau contains a relief carved design, a painting, or a second mirror.

Here are a few beautiful antique trumeau mirrors – they are exquisite!


French Louis XVI Parcel Gilt Trumeau from 1st Dibs

Louis XV Period Trumeau from 1st Dibs

Louis XVI Style Painted Mirror from 1st Dibs

This trumeau is one of my favorites – it’s a big one for sure.

If you can not afford a real deal antique trumeau mirror, there are ways to do a fake trumeau in order just to get the “look”. I am ok with that. My husband has become pretty handy with a miter saw and I have found a great moulding shop here in our city.  I either go to H3 or S & S Moulding. I love to just look at all of the trim, mouldings, appliques, corbels and imagine what projects I could do. Here is a mirror I found that I love – I took the photo to the moulding shop and we have matched up most of it. The onlay/applique at the top will be a tad different but the rest of it we found.

Ok, wish us luck. Of course my husband has a list a mile long of little projects he needs to finish. But, I love it when they build something for us………….they just strut around like they built the entire house. he is just so proud when I compliment him over and over on what a great job he did. Just need to do that stuff because they’re like little boys on the inside.

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Things I “Need” Week – Bed Crowns

I have always wanted a bedroom with a bed crown or corona! I thought I would do one in the new house we have now, but after I  showed my husband  what I wanted , he rolled his eyes, shook his head, then he looked at me ever so sweetly and said, “let’s not”. Hmmmm – think that is his way of saying no.  I love those things and will not give up that easily so I am thinking about putting one in our guest room that just has a twin bed. I doubt my husband would mine that location seeing that he most likely will never sleep in that room. Actually, my husband really doesn’t offer his opinion that often. I just made the mistake of asking him what he thought.  I normally just go ahead and do what I want. It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission is my motto!!

How fun is this room?? So very girly. But I like the crown itself.


Very feminine room. Love the shape of the crown and it’s detail. It is even monogrammed which always gets me all jazzed.


They are perfect for daybeds. Love the pom-pom fringe.

This is more of a valance. Love that monogram!! And of course the ottoman is perfect to set in front of the daybed.


Talk about over the top!!

There are no limits to being creative with a bed crown. Smocking,  upholstered headboard and tons of pillows.


A true bed crown.

Total glam!!


Ok – this is one of the  photos I showed my husband. Now, granted we do not have those fabulous ceiling but I sure do like this room. Kinda looking at that chandelier…….is it a bit too small?? I am not being judgmental but it was just a thought that popped into my head. Hey, I’m just a girl with a wish list miles long!!


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Things I “Need” Week – Demilune Tables

A demilune is a half moon table that can have 2 ,3, or4 legs and is pushed up against a wall. There are also console or sofa tables that can also be pushed up to a wall or a sofa but they will be rectangular in shape and not a half circle like a demilune. A console could have two to four legs.  I have a short wall in between our foyer and dining that is perfect for a demilune!! All I need to do now is find the exact one I want!

This one has 4 legs

This one has 3 legs – this table is perfect for this spot as it would be great for keys or mail.

OK – I love the table, I love the chairs and  I love the tole trays but I don’t ya think things are a bit out of proportion? Really hard to say unless you see the entire room. But, look at that cute stand under the table!!

A demilune with blue and white……….what’s not to like??

Love this barley twist demilune



Here is a handy demilune because of it’s drawers



I think this is so pretty with burl and inlaid wood.


This is a Hepplewhite flip top demilune


Here is another flip top used as a night stand – love this one!!!

Well – the hunt begins. Wish me luck!!

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Things I “Need” Week – Lantern Lights

Lantern love!! I think that our breakfast room/butlers pantry deserves a lantern! A zinc lantern to be exact.

I love this entire kitchen – but the lantern really is incredible.

We all love the lantern that Brook choose in her breakfast area.

source: houzz

This is pretty much my fav

This one is similar to the one above – from Circa Lighting.  It sells for $1.050 which is more than I want can spend.

And this one is from Pottery Barn for $399.00 which is more in my budget.

Yes, think this one is pretty special also

Almost like the one above – from Circa Lighting

Oh gosh! Maybe this one is really my favorite. See why it is so hard to find the right one? I love most of the lanterns I see.

This one is quite special but not oh-la-la for me.

This red one makes quite a statement. They even have two more red lanterns on the wall. I always wonder what the rest of the home looks like when I see pictures like this.

I am pretty sure this house has 8 foot ceilings like ours. I like how they used over sized pieces to fill the space.

This lantern from Ballard Design is similar to the one above – other than the color.

I like this one because it has no glass – it would be maintenance free.  Or it could bug me that it is a bit too simple.

I like lantern bell jars also. I am afraid that dust would accumulate in the bottom of the jar tho.  Someone with OCD couldn’t handle that!

I think this is the one that I am getting. No – its not zinc. Bummer. But I couldn’t afford a zinc one anyway – they’re a little pricy and I have been hemorrhaging money with this remodel of ours. I may get brave and “zinc it up”.

I got to get things crossed off my list!!

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Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress

I feel I am living in slow motion with this remodel. Seriously! I feel that things were really clipping along and then BAM!! All the final details seem to be taking forever!

SO, here is the window that was delivered for over the sink. Hmmmm – notice anything not quite right??? I obsessed in this remodel on everything being balanced and in symmetry. I made it into a big deal! Literally! So, why would I order a casement window over the sink that was not centered with the sink? I didn’t!  So they went ahead and installed it and ordered the correct window – to be rushed of course.

Here is the correct window!

The panels have now been placed on the fridge and dishwasher – plus the hardware was installed!!

We have a faucet, which means running water. That is always a plus. We even have a disposal now!

Our backsplash was put in this week!! I love my beveled subway tile. Plus our electrician put in the LED under the cabinet lights. Now my trim guy needs to come back and finish out the window. Oh – that will take forever because I am sure he is on another job.


Front door has had one coat of tung oil on it. Waiting to see how much is absorbed.

Even more fun and games is putting everything back in it’s place! But first you have to wash and dust most of it! Takes for-freakin-ever!!! Never in my life have seen the dust that we have here!!

Then in the middle of all of this the dang AC unit upstairs pan overflowed!!!! Just lovely. Now our freshly painted ceiling in our family room has a monster patch on it. Just when I thought I was finished with drywall dust! We are just thankful that we were home when it happened! Now, the pan has a sensor in it that will turn the unit off when water gets in it. Pretty genius! Wonder why it did not have that already as it is only about 3 years old???

My to-do list is so, so very long!!! I just want to snap my fingers and it be done! I love instant gratification……………….don’t you?

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