Champagne Taste...

...on an absolute beer budget!

Our cottage home was built to be casual, so it is decorated in a casual style.  Ornate chandeliers and Queen Anne furniture would be totally out of place here.
Even though it is casual, I still want elegant accents throughout the house, but our dining table is where the elegant touches usually end up.  Recently, I've been thinking that I need to start adding more elegant touches to other places in our home, not just the dining table.
This antelope head has been hanging over our bar area since we moved in.  It was hanging over our bar area in our home in Tennessee and worked perfectly there because parts of that home looked a bit rustic, or what I called "Aspen-ish".
I decided that the antelope head needed to stop terrorizing our guests when they fixed a beverage at our bar and that I needed to dress it up a bit...with a mirror.
I like mixing elegant and casual items together.  The elegant items bring the casual items up a level or two.  I have been placing gold-colored items throughout the house and I think that the gold-framed mirror dressed up this area nicely. 
What do you think?



26 comments

  1. The mirror is perfect there! I love the chandelier it reflects.

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    1. Thank you so much Penny! We are in the process of changing out some of the light fixtures in the home, but that is one that will definitely stay! Hugs!

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  2. I like the mirror. It dresses up the bar and makes your space look bigger. I like the rustic or french country look but all women need a little elegance in the air.
    Looks great!
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa, we like it much better. And yes, it does make that little area look larger. Our house is small and it needs all the help it can get to make areas look more spacious! I love it as well, but you are so right, elegant touches make all the difference! Hugs!

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  3. A bit of bling and shine elevates a room. The mirror looks fabulous over the bar cart. An eclectic, accumulated look is my jam...with some "jewelry". xoxo

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    1. I agree! It always helps to step it up a notch! I think we are turning in to minimalist eclectics if there is such a thing...things are becoming such a hodge-podge in our house, but we love it! And YES on the jewelry touches! The hubster loves the "art deco" look, so we may end up with that before it is over with...LOL Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  4. I love the mirror. It dresses up your bar area nicely and reflects the light in the room too. Very pretty.
    Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much Kris, we are liking it much better! However, with all of that extra light comes reflection on all of my extra wrinkles...so I stay away from it...LOL Happy Wednesday! Love and hugs!

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  5. Change is good. I like mixing things up a bit too.

    xxx

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    1. Change is definitely good and so is mixing d├ęcor styles. I am trying so hard to pull away from the “farmhouse” style that was built into this home and make it something a little more. The hubster likes art deco, I like French country…whatcha gonna do?! LOL Love and hugs!

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  6. I like the mirror EXCEPT that I don't want to see my old face when I'm making a cocktail, ha ha!!

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    1. LOL...why do you think I quit drinking?!? ;-)The extra light shows the extra wrinkles...so it was either stop drinking or drink more, which makes me look worse...LOL And thank you sweet friend! We do enjoy the change! Love and hugs!

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  7. I like the mix of styles. It's more interesting.
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, I think mixing styles is more interesting also…we have more changes we will be making. Just small things, but they do make a difference in the feel of the house. Love and hugs!

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  8. I love it. What a fun, grown up space. We don't have a bar area. I think it adds a big of elegance to a home...

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! We didn't really have space, but we squeezed it in. Whenever someone sits at that end of the table, they can't eat alot because they won't fit in the chair. ;-) I had a half-table there, but it was too large, then I found this little cart, but I do want something smaller. Still searching... Love and hugs!

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  9. A mix of casual and elegant is the best!

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    1. Thank you Stacey, I think so also. This house was built with “farmhouse” written all over it. I’m trying my best to pull away from most of that style. Miss your posts! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Amalia! Hope things are going well! Send more photos when you get a chance! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you ma’am! I like it much better…dresses up a casual space! Love and hugs!

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  12. I think the mirror looks perfect! Just the right amount of glam! I am loving that chandelier in the reflection too.

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    1. Thank you Julie, we like it much better! That chandelier was one of the things we loved about this house...we are changing out some of the light fixtures in this home, but that one definitely stays! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you Carla, we like it much better! It was time for change! Love and hugs!

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