Before I was a homeowner, I never realized how many decisions person could possibly make during a lifetime of homeownership. From paint colors to hardware styles to fabrics, there are so many potential choices, so many directions, so many design crossroads a homeowner must cross in an attempt to make a house feel like home.
Lately, our living room fireplace has been the subject of intense deliberation around these parts.
We recently turned a corner in our living room overhaul: we finished repainting the room (and its new crown moulding, built-in shelving and mantel) in Benjamin Moore's "White Dove". If you've ever shopped for white paint, you will understand how complicated it is to find just the right white.
Is the white warm enough? But it is too yellow? How will white pair with white fabrics in the room?
Then, what finish? Satin? Gloss? Semi-gloss?
The mind reels at the seemingly-endless possibilities.
It only took 2 swatches of white to conclude that "White Dove" was, in fact, the perfect choice. But, the ideal paint reminded us that had yet to decide how to beautify our soot-tarnished fireplace surround.
As far as I am concerned there is only one choice: refacing the brick with 3 large slabs of slate to match the existing slate hearth. No tile, no granite, no painted brick (not that there's anything wrong with any of those choices)...they just didn't feel right here. Instead, I'd like something like this:
(via Virginia Slate)
(via Better Homes & Gardens)
(via This Old House)
But the work doesn't stop with decision-making. The next stop is figuring out how to realize the vision.
I'm still trying to track down the perfect slate slabs, which are anything but easy to find, apparently. Evidently, making a decisions is only half of the battle.
In the meantime, until I discover my ideal pieces of slate, I'll just bask in the decisions we've made so far as homeowners, like the choice to plant a bevy of black parrot tulips in our yard last fall which sit on our recently-revamped mantel.
(via Meet Me in Philadelphia, unless otherwise noted)
So many decisions have been made with still so many more to go.