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  1. I bought a huge Trumeau mirror off of Facebook Marketplace and had it appraised at $500. I thought it would be worth much more, but the appraiser said it was from the 1950’s. The problem I have with it is the color. The frame is burnished (?) in gold and I prefer the Trumeau mirrors that are white/gray/silvery. The dilemma is, do I paint it so it works with my aesthetic, or leave it be and sell it? I have already tried to sell it once on Craigslist and there was no interest. Would painting it be sacrilegious? I am pretty good with chalk paints. I’d appreciate any input you might have. Your mirror is really pretty.

    1. Thank you! I’m not an expert on antiques but I’ll give you my opinion. I think if your mirror was appraised at $500 and is dated from the 1950’s, it’s greater value is how much you like it. For that reason, if you’re good with chalk paints and you prefer it white/grey, I’d paint it.

      If it was an antique from the 18th century worth thousands of dollars, that would be different. (And even in that case, I’d sell it rather than keep something that doesn’t work with your aesthetic.) Not everyone will agree with me, but I see no reason to keep something you don’t love, just because you think you should. Paint it and enjoy it… 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for your input! I really appreciate it. It’s a big decision so it’s nice to have a second opinion. I do think I’ll end up painting it. Thanks again!

  3. Ginger Valdes says:

    Your living room is gorgeous, Lory. You always inspire me to shake it up a little!

  4. I love reading and seeing your posts Lori! I have wondered what difference modern French Country is when I’ve seen it so enjoyed your take on it. I’ve evolved from years ago, log cabin rustic ( still love) to country cottage, French country cottage but have always been traditional as in Williamsburg traditional, colors, furniture etc. love your style!

  5. Hi Lory,
    I think the one word I would use to describe your style is elegant and it flows through your home from one room to the other. Whether something is English or French in Design is immaterial in your setting. That bench – it looks like velvet and the rug, well, there are really no words.
    One thing I will say is that I think the European mindset is vastly different and they are not likely to change out furnishings the way we do. They are comfortable with keeping things as they are and I would bet many a rooster still graces the country kitchens in the French countryside. Considering European history, what exactly is modern? I’m thinking perhaps the last two centuries?

    1. That’s a very good point, Margo… 🙂 And thank you for the kind words about my style!

      I think terms like French Country and modern are only there to try to help people understand what you’re talking about but I suspect the French never thought much of our definition of French Country. It’s one of the reasons I prefer the term French-inspired to French Country, since obviously it’s only our interpretation of what we perceive as their style.

  6. Dear Lory,
    Your room looks lovely! Don’t take this personally but a book by Ralph Lauren
    should not be under that beautiful
    Ornate clock.