Shabby Sparkle Christmas

Come take a peak at the Christmas decorations in my living room.  While you are there I am wondering about your opinion on my living room.

I have a really dark brick fireplace and all my walls are white.

I love how the white pops against the fireplace but...

I am thinking of painting that brick.

I even have my dear hubby's permission to go for it.  This came after years of proving my abilities with paint.

I have a few darker pieces of furniture mixed with white and off white.  My couches and chairs are shabby cottage blue colored leather.

I am wondering what your vote is...

Should I go for painting the brick or keep enjoying it as it is?

Leave me a comment letting me know what you think.

Should I keep the contrast or blend it with more whites and off whites and even tan paint?

When I first bought the house I was certain I would paint it but now It seems to have grown on me a bit.  I just keep seeing other fireplaces that have been painted like I planned and they look really great.

I am curious to see what you think because you have fresh eyes and sometimes that can be invaluable in deciding what to do.

I decorate in a shabby chic/garden cottage style.

But I can't be strictly hemmed in by a style because when I see something I love I will find a way to add it in if possible.

I think my Christmas style is more like Shabby Sparkle.  I don't think there can be too many lights or too much sparkle.  I am a sucker for sparkle and glitter and I love adding textures of white to that.  I just can't hardly pass it up.

I hope to hear from you soon!
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Hayley said...

I've seen what you can do with some paint - I'd say go for it! I'm sure it would be beautiful!!

House Revivals said...

Your decorations are gorgeous! I think I would ease into painting the fireplace. Right now, it contrasts with your walls, which helps it stand out as a focal point in the room. If you paint it the same color as the walls, it might "disappear". You might try dry brushing (and I do mean *dry* brushing) some of the bricks, just picking random bricks, or dry brushing all of them. This would give the look of aged brick. Just a thought...

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty in Pink! Love your decorations.

Just dropping by from All Things Merry & Bright - and giving you a follow.

Merry Christmas to you!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

My friend, your Christmas mantel is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you used all the different types of Christmas trees...my favorites are the beautiful white pearls trees that are in the white urns! You know, I have a frenchy gold sign just like yours that says "JOY"...mine says "NOEL"...I had never seen another! Your mantel is sooo very beautiful, my friend! It was a real treat to see it!

I liked Amanda's suggestion about dry brushing your brick fireplace. It's not quite as stark as adding a "full on" paint and since you really enjoy the shabby chic, garden style...you may really enjoy that technique. If you don't like the dry brushed effect...you could simply paint it. I do think that a lighter color such as a creamy white would be really pretty! Best wishes in your design decisions, my friend! Have fun with the process!!!

Warmest Christmas wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

black tag diaries said...

love your decorations! and i kind of like the fireplace as-is... the brick is a nice contrast. once you paint brick, you can never go back... but i do have to say, a creamy white would really brighten everything up!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! Everything is so pretty! I love your little dishes filled with sparkly balls! Your mantle is so pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Open House LLC said...

Paint the brick. You will be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner. I run across this all the time when I consult with a homeowner right before they put their house on the market. Once they have it painted they're annoyed that it will look better for the new owner. Paint!! Don't go with the same color as your walls. Go 1/2 shade darker of lighter. Cute decorations!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the simple decoration of greens with ornaments! My problem is I love all the colors in ornaments, but love when I see two together like your blue and silver.

I have a brick fireplace similar in color to yours. I thought I might paint ours at one time, but realized that if I didn't like it I was basically stuck with it. I have, over the years, come to really like the brick and am glad I didn't paint over it. You sound like you like yours to begin with, so I guess it depends on how bad you want to paint it.

lala said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!!! Your mantle is amazing, and I love how you used the wreath as a centerpiece on the table. I painted my brick - one of the best changes I made in my home!!

Together We Save said...

Oh my.... your decorations are amazing!!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Thank you so much for visiting me at my blog, and your heartfelt comment... I love your beautiful fireplace just the way it is... I see so many of the ladies painting EVERYTHING white, and although it looks lovely, I am still one who prefers alot of things left in their natural state... I love the color of your bricks, and it shows off your white decorating accessories... I have touches of beautiful white here and there, to lighten my home up some, but I have kept all of our natural woods... I will be back to see what you decide to do!... Merry Christmas to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Debbie,
I love your blog, it's just beautiful! And your fireplace is gorgeous! That's a hard one weather to paint or not. Although I do love how it looks now, it would definitely be spectacular white. Go for it! Your home is lovely!
I hope you have a wonderful and happy holiday season!

Robin said...

That fireplace is beeeeautiful! Love your decorations...I just painted my fireplace when I painted my den (which had dark judges paneling). Oh my goodness it's like a different house...I vote paint!


jade said...

Oh, how delightful..........everything looks sooo romantic!!!! And thank you sooo much, for your lovely comment....that makes me so happy!!!!! Have a wonderful Christmas time,

Hugs Jade

PS: We had a lot of snow in Bavaria, but now it´s raining (hope the weather will cange before X-MAS)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Debbie, Your mantel is beautiful and how wonderful to have such a large space to decorate. I say dry brush the brick rather than paint it a solid color. Keep it light so you still see some of the brick. Thanks for sharing this at my party and Merry Christmas to you.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Everything looks so elegant! I was ill over Christmas and I am now making my rounds and visiting all of the pretty Christmas homes and yours is gorgeous!!

Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Carolyn Wilson - Houston TX said...

Debbie, just wondering if you ever painted your fireplace brick. If not, and although painted brick can look very nice, I believe the fireplace loses character when you paint it. I painted one in my last house and just recently considered painting the one in my house now, but decided against it. Instead I'm building a beautiful wood front & mantle for it that will be painted a contrasting color to the brick. Good luck with your decision if you've made one. AND...your decorations are gorgeous! Carolyn in Houston, TX