Fireplace style – The Londoner


I spent weeks worrying about what to put over the fireplace.

The living room is the first room you see when you enter the house and the fireplace is the focal point.

I wanted a nice piece to hang over the cloak that wasn’t too big, too small, too masculine or too feminine.

My husband and I are both photographers and a black and white piece might have worked, but it just didn’t feel right for the space.

I like old things, things that have memories of their own. An old painting seems almost magical to me. The brushstrokes let someone have long passed, the life and history of the artist, where they were when they painted the work, where they were when they learned to paint, why, who was their mother, what they played as children, Who they in love with … Did they paint from memory, from another painting, or did they set up the scene by themselves, just to capture it?

Then you wonder who bought it, who lived it on, the lives that unfolded in front of this painting on the wall, why it was sold, how did it travel? How many people have felt the thrill of buying it? How many people have simply admired it?

When you wonder about the history of objects, new things just don’t seem the same.

So I bought an old painting.

Now I just have to figure out how to shape it.

How high should I hang it?

What should I put around it?

I am not an interior designer, I just like what I like and I try to make everything work.

But if you are not trained as a designer or do not work with one, how do you know all the rules?

Do the rules really matter?

Aren’t the rules meant to be broken?

Mom told me you have to know the rules to know which ones should be broken.

We haven’t done much about fireplace styling at school … but I can tell you that mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell.

And that I like the way my painting glows softly at sunset.

If you have any ideas on how high I should place it or what I should go around it, please let me know in the comments below.

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