I’ve always loved classic, ornate gold frames – whether they’re holding a mirror or an oil painting. Even before I became a certified gold freak, I consistently fell for aged detail with just the right amount of patina.
So, as you can imagine, when I saw this photo, I lost my mind.
My stairway isn’t quite that grand – a chandelier probably won’t be in the budget for a while – but it is quite empty, and desperately in need of decor. I went searching for more inspiration: gold mirrors clustered together, gold frames in a stairway, gold mirrors mixed with gold frames, etc. I was pleased with what I found.
We hung it over the front door so we could see it from almost every room downstairs.
Next, we found this gorgeous antique-style mirror for a mere $60 on Craigslist.
And, uh, that’s all we have hung for now.
Our canvas wedding portrait is still up, and I’m hoping it’ll work to leave it there. It’ll theoretically be the only non-gold item, which will make it stand out and look really special … ? Right? Does that work? I guess we’ll find out.
Meanwhile, I also have these two pieces on-deck.
The off-white mirror was a HomeGoods find long, long ago (you may remember it from this post). Since off-white is now a persona non grata in our house, I’m planning to spray-paint it bronze and then add some gold highlights with my trusty friend Rub ‘n Buff. If it comes out terrible, I’ll just hang it higher up. After all, we’ve got a two-story staircase to fill.
The smaller gold frame is from a fantastic antique market called Kudzu in Sandy Springs. I’m not sure if we’re going to have a piece of mirror cut to glue inside or if we’ll just leave it as an empty frame. With so much space to fill, I think using all mirrors could get really costly – and creepy – so a mix of mirrors and empty frames is probably the way to go.
The trick will be making such a large collection look cohesive and purposeful. Do we collect, collect, collect and then hang everything all at once? Or do we hang a little bit at a time and hope it works out in the end?
And where do we stop? Do we continue all the way around to the wall opposite the stairs? What about the wall opposite the front door?
I’m excited about this idea, but also totally intimidated by it. I’d welcome some suggestions!
Oh, and by the way – Happy New Year!