A Gold Gallery in the Stairway

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.

Awwww, yeah.

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.

Gold mirror gallery wall via Domino

Via Domino

My mom and stepfather got us off to a great start with this amazing Celtic knot mirror from Wisteria. It’s absolutely stunning in person.

Gilt knot mirror from Wisteria - Via Glitter and Goat Cheese

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.

Gold antique-style mirror via Glitter and Goat Cheese

And, uh, that’s all we have hung for now.

Gold mirrors in stairway via Glitter and Goat Cheese

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.

Gold mirrors and photo on canvas in stairway via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Meanwhile, I also have these two pieces on-deck.

Off-white wood mirror and gold frame via Glitter and Goat Cheese

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.

Gray empty stairway via Glitter and Goat Cheese

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?

Gray stairway via Glitter and Goat Cheese

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?

Gray stairway with gold mirror via Glitter and Goat Cheese

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!

House Tour: The Entryway and Kitchen

You’ve seen the front and back of our new house. It’s about time we went inside, no?

When you first come through the front door, you see the staircase on your left, the living room on your right, and a hallway directly in front of you.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Entryway

We’re keeping the little wooden table, but I’m definitely going to paint it. I’m leaning toward white at the moment – maybe with a dip-dye effect, like this? I’m open to suggestions!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Entryway Angle

The entryway and hallway have tile floors, which extend into the kitchen. I hate them. When we have the money, we’re going to put down hardwoods through the entire first floor. And the ceiling in the hallway is lower than the rest of the first floor, for some reason, so we’re hoping we can raise it at some point. Plus, why the hell was there a door there?! We’ve already taken the door off, and the frame needs to go at some point, too.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Downstairs hallway

While we live with the tile floors, I’m thinking of putting down a runner. We’ll also need to replace the light fixture, but until then, I’m thinking maybe I can use some Rub ‘n Buff to dull the shiny brass finish, like in this post.

On the left of the hallway is our “powder room.” We had one of these in our first rental home, and we loved it. They’re so much easier to keep clean for guests!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Downstairs half bath

Eventually, we’ll want to replace the toilet, vanity, mirror and light fixtures, but for now, we’re just painting the room Champion Cobalt by Benjamin Moore. It looks like this (featured by West Elm!):

Benjamin Moore Champion Cobalt - From WestElm.com

After the bathroom is a coat closet, then a short hallway to the garage. Yes, that’s a doggy door.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Garage hallway

We’ve already ordered a new door. Macy hasn’t figured out how to use the doggy door yet, but she will eventually, and we do not want her in the garage. Macy + chemicals + sharp tools + potentially open door = Not a good combo.

After you pass the hallway to the garage, you reach the kitchen.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Kitchen - View from dining

It’s not huge, and it’s not particularly pretty. We’ve got big plans for a total overhaul in the future, but we’ve got some saving to do first.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Kitchen Pantry

It does have fairly new appliances, though, and a pantry, so we’re not complaining.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Refrigerator

The gas stove is brand-new, and it has FIVE burners. Five! What are we going to do with five burners?!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Stove

And of course, I’m obsessed with the window over the sink. I’ve always loved sink-windows, and I’m especially thrilled that I can put plants in there, and my kitty cats can bask in the sun. My parents’ house had a bay window over the kitchen sink, so I think it’s a nostalgia thing.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Sink

There are so many changes that we want to make to this kitchen, it’ll need its own post. But since it’s going to be at least a few years before we can gut the thing and start from scratch, we’ve got to make the place livable in the meantime. This weekend, Brad and his dad took down the cabinets blocking the view out of the kitchen. That will get its own post, too, but here’s a sneak peek:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Upper cabinets removed

It makes such a huge difference. The kitchen doesn’t feel anywhere near as cramped anymore, and so much more light gets in there! And you can talk to people in the dining room! It’s wonderful.

There’s a truly horrible fluorescent light on the ceiling, so we may want to replace it with an inexpensive fixture, like one of these from Lowes.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ceiling lights for the kitchen - from Lowes
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The cabinet hardware is already antiqued brass, so I’d really like to paint the cabinets dark gray, for a look like this:

Cote De Texas - Dark gray cabinets with brass hardware
Via Cote de Texas

House and Home - Dark gray cabinets with brass hardware
Via House and Home

The wood is super grainy (is that a word?) and pretty banged up, though, so I’m not sure if painting them is within my DIY ability. We’re going to ask our painter how much he’d charge to paint them for us, and then we’ll assess whether that’s worth it. He and his crew are starting today! I can’t WAIT to see how the house looks with all the light blue gone! The entryway and kitchen will both be painted in our perfect light gray, Benjamin Moore’s Alaskan Husky.

So, that’s it for the first interior portion of the house tour. Next up: the dining room. We already bought our dining set, and I’m so excited to show it to you!

As always, PLEASE share suggestions for home updates, renovations, decor, etc!