Readers with partners,
Do you pick your own birthday presents? Do you, not so gently, steer your partner in the right direction. Do you blatantly tell them what it is you want?
I am that terrible, terrible person!
Since winter last year, no scratch that, since we first inspected our home I said to my husband, I want to put in a gorgeous fireplace, that room NEEDS it.
Then we suffered through our first winter last year at this place and I said, ok, my birthday next year, I want that fireplace.
Here are the before shots of our living room
It did have some sort of faux fireplace thing. No gas connection, but a chimney that went out the wall and up the side of the house. But it was then covered with that amber glass.
Because we didn’t understand (nor visually like) the fireplace, we ripped it out.
I said to my husband, I would love to have one of my mothers quilts on the ground in front of the fireplace and a baby enjoying tummy time in the winter.
So with that in mind, we made a baby. With my birthday, baby and winter fast approaching, we have now put the wheels in motion to get a fireplace installed.
We have employed Stephen and his team from Chippendale restorations to make this happen.
It will go in the same place the old fireplace was. The room is long and skinny and it needs something in that part of the wall. It will also greet you as you enter this room as it will be right there bang, smack, in the middle of your face.
We had a site inspection yesterday, I then went down to Rozelle to pay the deposit and pick the mantle.
This is what we are going for. (Please excuse the terrible photoshopping. Can you believe I am a graphic designer?? Me neither!!)
To achieve this, a chimney breast is going to be built. This will affect our cornices. Our cornices can’t be matched, so they are taking a mold of our cornices and pouring what they require to go around the new chimney breast.
The timber mantle will be painted glossy white, to match all the skirting and architraves in the house.
These are some inspiration picture for what we are trying to achieve.
All these images have white paneling/mill-work on the wall/chimney breast. I don’t think we are going to do that. Just paint the new chimney breast in the same paint as the walls.
I then went to my favourite shop in Sydney! Laura Kincade and purchased 2 Reed sconces by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort in polished nickel.
These will flank the artwork or mirror we will eventually hang.
Work will commence on Wednesday and should take about 3 weeks to complete. Then husband will have the task of painting everything. Then my sconces should arrive and we install those.
Then it will be nearing my due date and we will be ready for late night feeds on the couch, by the soft light from the sconces and the roaring fireplace!