Sunday, June 29, 2008

Need Your Opinion...Please!



This tray is a recent find of mine...it would look great as a side table on one of those tray stands (except I don't have one of those and I don't have room to put it anywhere as a table- did that stop me from buying it...? no!)


So I propped it up in front of the fireplace to act as a "fireplace screen" so to speak. Oh, I have been coveting a gorgeous screen in a catalog for at least 6 months - slight problem is that it is $400 plus additional $100 for shipping & handling. Now my hubby doesn't think spending that kind of money on something that will be purely decorative (he doesn't have the "vision" that I have but thank goodness he keeps me grounded...sigh...) being that our fireplace is gas and has a glass door on the front.


But my eye always go to the black hole that is there and this is Summer! - it needs some brightening up. So until I can "squirrel away" enough money (I am thinking of raiding the loose change jar! anyone feel like rolling pennies with me..? anyone...?) to buy the fireplace screen of my dreams - does this LOOK STUPID...?






Please feel free to offer suggestions!

22 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! thank you for coming by my new blog today! I'm still very green at this! Oh, I remember you and just love your living room - the yellow walls and red curtains. I loved your chairs. I just love your room. In my opinion, I think the tray looks nice right where you have it! The color looks great in your room and it's a very pretty tray. Well, hope you've had a great Sunday! Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Laurie, I'm back! I wanted to thank you for the tip about the little felt stickies. I didn't think of that! I'll just have to get some of those little stinkers. Shelia ;)

Laura said...

Hi! I think the tray looks really cool in front of the fireplace! I love that you thought "outside the box"! You have such talent!

twintoo10292 said...

I love the tray in front of the fire place. I was just wondering what it would look like on a more substantial isle that would bring it up a bit off the floor. Only if you would happen to come across one some day at Home Goods. If you can make a quick stop there one day without the little man who likes to check out the little girls room. I think there was a quick b-line out the door on the last trip the two of you took. LOL. Otherwise I would leave well enough along because it is very pretty! Twin

Jan & Tom's Place said...

Laurie...I think the tray looks just lovely in front of the fireplace. I love what you've done with your room!!

As an Interior Designer, I always LOVE seeing how others decorate their homes - especially when they're well done!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Laurie! What a great tray! I think it looks great as a screen; it really shows up but still blends well with the rest of the room. When you get tired of it you could always put it on top of one of those inexpensive round tables covered with a pretty cloth and then the tray on top but it might be too big? I like it just fine here I have a gas fireplace with glass too and you are right in summer it is boring without something! Have a great day - Jeannette

gloria said...

Hey Ms. Gilroy, First off let me say a BIG hello to you girl. Second let me say I love the tray in front of the fire place its looks like summer to me and goes great with your beautiful LR girl. I think I might have to steal this idea haha!! I have a black hole also and of course lets don't forget the UGLY BOX BOX (big tv) Which I hate decorating around.But if you got a DH you have a ugly black box. And girl I'll help you roll pennies only you have to bring them here. Hope all the smoke from fires aren't botheing you too much. We have had our share up here on the mountain so far went without power for 25 hours a faith worst than death DH could't watch ugly black box. TC Laurie. Hugs and smiles.

janie said...

I think the tray looks great. The color looks good in the room.
janie

Picket said...

Hey girl!!! That tray is a treasure and I love it in front of the fireplace...your eye goes right to it..that thing is so gorgeous it would be pretty anywhere you set it! lol About that 'dream' firescreen you want...do like the rest of us..take out a loan from the bank...I hear they are giving them out these days for just an arm & a leg!!! lol lol Have a great week girl!

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Laurie

Honestly it looks a little out of place with the other colors of the room. What I am suggesting is maybe use a paint around the rim that is something like the color of the red in the room. Or maybe a little within the tray. It's just my opinion.

Ciao
Glenda

Laura said...

Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for letting me know about Mary's Little Red House! It was such a treat! Thank you for coming by my little blog!
Have a good night!
Laura:)

Donna Lynn said...

Oh Laurie,
I am so happy your back and doing some blogging, but frankly girl, I know what you mean, summer is soooo hard to get any blogging done!...then couple that with three little kids and I don't know how you are able to blog at all!!!
I love the green tray in front of your fireplace, I think it looks great there, and if I was decorating your house that is exactly where I would of placed that beauty! Forget the $400 dollar screen, keep the tray!!!! Beautiful!!!

You have a blessed week, and keep those hungry hooligans in line!!!

XO,
DL

Lynne said...

It's been a while since I stopped by.. and look what I find a beautiful tray.. oh girl it is gorgeous.. The question is: "Do you like it there?" I think it looks great... the color is wonderful... hope you and yours have a great holiday w/k..
hugs ~decorator101 Lynne ~

DebbieCalif said...

Everything looks absolutely beautiful to me. You have done a great job I think of adding just the right things. The mantel, pictures and fireplace just look beautiful. Wow, what a great find!
Debbie
ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com

Heather said...

I LOVE THAT!!!!! Everyone has fireplace screens- be different girl! The tray looks amazing there. What a great idea! Now I want to find a giant tray for in front of my fireplace. Of course my kids will just run off with it and use it for a sled......
Have a great day sweetie!
-Heather :)

Picket said...

Morning girl..just coming by to check in on you and to say I hope you had a great 4th weekend..we are still enjoying summer in the yard around here...take care and have a great day!

twin6045 said...

I love it but I agree with my twin who is twintoo 10292. Right away I thought the stand was too small that is holding it up. Otherwise I think it looks great and what a great find :o)

Picket said...

hey girl..you still live here!!!!? lol Hadn't talk to you in a while and I just wanted to make sure..hope all is well in your world and that you are enjoying the summer with family...take care and have a great weekend1

artis1111 said...

Have you ever thought about making one to look like it. Kathy

Cathy said...

Hello Laurie! I just found your place ...and I want to be your friend! I love the tray...and it looks wonderful in it's new home! I am Catnabarn from RMS...but I never "met" you on there. I hope you will come by and check out my new blog....It's 1 week old! Thanks!

janet said...

hi decorating fanatic, im decorfun from rms. Im fairly new to blogging but would like to invite you to stop over for a visit. I remember your lovely room from RMS....so pretty and inviting
have a great day, and i know the feeling of the kids being home for the summer and mine are not so little anymore but suddenly i feel like a molly maid....lol

judicreations said...

Hi Laurie
I have enjoyed looking at your picture. Your diningroom looks lovely and I can see why you like to sit in those rooms quietly, relaxing and enjoying your tea.
I think the tray looks great in front of the fireplace. I really like that colour of green...green is my favourite colour.
I like your picture arrangements over the 2 smaller tables. I'll have to remember that. I also REALLY love your tea cart. I've missed out on a couple of them myself when I've been at an auction. I will keep trying.
Have a lovely day.
Judi