Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's... and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.
Photo: Faith Towers
Now that springtime has officially arrived, that means that those of us who celebrate Easter are probably starting to think about decorating our homes for the holiday. My mantel has been empty since I removed my winter décor, so it was begging for some festive embellishments. So I whipped up a few paper flowers to add some beautiful pastels to the room. Click through to find out how to make your own paper flower Easter...
I recently tackled a big project for my dining room - a DIY wooden mantel - and today, I'm pretty excited to share the process with you. If you have a fireplace without much character like mine used to be, this project might be the perfect solution for you. And let me be clear ... I only have basic woodworking know-how, so this is feasible for anybody with a bit of crafty know-how and a willingness to try. Click through to check out the new mantel and to find out how to make one yourself.
This is my master bedroom the day we moved into my house. I'm sure you're wondering why we changed anything. The matted down shag carpet was a real stunner, and the house also came with a carpet rake. I am serious...it really did. Anyway, this room along with three other bedrooms got a complete overhaul. Today I want to focus in on the fireplace makeover. There were many great elements of this fireplace but so much of what was wrong was proportion.... then of course, everything surrounding it needed to be changed. Here's the transformation.
I see these all the time around Boston: beautiful fireplaces that don't work. Maybe your landlord doesn't allow it, or maybe there's a fire safety issue. Or perhaps yours does work, but you're just looking for a decorative idea for the warmer months. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of fun ways to decorate this coveted area of your home. Here goes.
Admittedly, this fireplace looks fine as-is. But the homeowners wanted to take it from fine to utterly fantastic, making it the stand-out focal point of the room (and not just a place to hang the TV). Check out the makeover below!
We have a gas fireplace, and although it's eminently practical, sometimes I wish it were a traditional wood-burning fireplace. If for no other reason than to make it over in the off seasons. Here's a few ideas
...and by "any space" I mean these babies go where you go. Kiss costly renovation goodbye, here are ten portable, clean-burning fireplaces to heat your home up now.
Ahh...to have a fireplace. Urban apartment dweller that I am, I haven't such luxuries, but if I did, I'd be making these by the dozens.
Curbly reader Rachael came up with these very cool DIY fire Starters using found pine cones, soy wax, and (optional) essential oils. Since they're easy to make in bulk, they'd make great gifts, and should be easy enough to keep around until camping season.
Either you love natural brick, or you don't. There are exceptions, but this brick was brown, speckled, and hideous. One day. left to my own devices, I ventured down the path of no return and painted it ALL. Even though it's a lot of painted brick wall, I've never regretted it. So, how do you successfully paint a brick fireplace wall?
I know what's coming next, and yet the title of this post STILL sounds improbable. But with Dr. Qui's Instructable, it's not only probable, it's totally
Here's another one of those fabulous fireplaces that cause so much kerfuffle in Curbly comments. The problem is it burns ethanol, which can be bad if you, you know, breathe oxygen. (At least that's what commenters have told me.) The Cupola, from Vauni, appears as if it is a burning wall-mounted art piece. At 59 pounds, it weighs about as much as a 55" flat screen TV. What I'm wondering
Attention contemporary apartment dwellers and those living south of the Mason-Dixon line! You, too, can celebrate the fun and festivities of the holidays by the warmth of a roaring fire.
Well, at least by the feel of a roaring fire.
Er, the look of a roaring fire?
Photo Image: Susan Jablon Mosaics
A designer friend once told me that our brick fireplace with its' expansive raised hearth and built in bookshelves was "just too much for the room." I decided I liked it and bid her adieu. However, after I got a load of these artsy new tiles, I may have to rethink this. It is getting chilly and that fireplace will soon be blazing for long cozy nights of t.v., entertaining, snuggling and reading. Hmmmm......
Take a gander at Atria's newest portable fireplace, the Malle Fire. The trunk transforms into a fireplace with a flip of its lid. From Atria's description, it appears that the Malle Fire can only be sparked up outside.
A chunk of foam, chicken wire, cement, paint, fire ring, smoke machine and red, glowing eyes and you've got yourself a tiki fireplace. Most likely the actual fireplace was an existing one. Its wall looks as if it has been refinished/skim-coated/veneered to give it a Polynesian look.
Several years ago, a local television station started airing the ‘Yule Log.’ Basically, it’s a loop of burning logs in a fire accompanied with Christmas tunes. It has become a tradition in many households, even ones with fireplaces like mine, to tune into 'the log’. As a matter of fact, it’s ratings often top the charts. If you don’t have a ‘Yule Log’ station, here’s the perfect answer: HDScape’s Fireplace, which is a crackling fire sans the...