Fireplaces are as popular as ever and with 2014 just beginning, it’s apparent that trend won’t be going away anytime soon. In an effort to maintain the traditional beauty of their pre-existing fireplace mantels, many homeowners have opted for small “facelift” updates for their fireplaces with mantel surrounds. Available in four-piece facing kits, the stone serves as a stylish, protective barrier between the fireplace and mantel. With granite and marble being some of the most prominent design materials, it’s easy to see why this trend will stick around for several years to come.
The mantel is no doubt meant to be a statement piece. Designed of regal stone or impressive marble, mantels were originally associated with mansions and palaces. Adorned with gilded mirrors, candelabras and dripping with florals, make a massive statement with rich finishes and intricate detail to turn your own drab living space into a place fit for a king. Even if you’re not royal or famous just yet, what’s stopping you from living like you are?
Outdoor Gel Fuel Fireplaces and Bio Ethanol Fireplaces create real fire without the mess or hassle of traditional wood or propane gas fireplaces. They offer the look of a log fire and provide a genuine combustible flame, allowing you to enjoy the ambiance of an outdoor fire without the odor, smoke, fumes or heavy fire logs associated with real wood. MantelsDirect.com offers a variety of outdoor gel fuel models including pagodas and log sets that may be used to convert existing wood or gas logs in a fireplace or fire pit or smaller tabletop models for a portable, convenient indoor version. The gel is made mostly of isopropyl alcohol that is sold in 12-18 oz cans.
As you return home from a fun holiday break, you can’t help recalling some of the best memories you shared with your loved ones — most of which occurred in front your relatives’ amazing fireplace. With a few months of winter left, it’s not too late to purchase and install your own fireplace mantel or makeover an existing hearth to be able to enjoy it before the weather turns. With this 4-step checklist and tons of monthly deals to choose from, you may find this is the easiest decision you’ve made all in awhile.
Some people are just born entertainers and hosts. You know, those friends who are finding an excuse to throw a party any time of the year. But in order to throw the backyard bash of the century, you have to have the right setup, design and accessories to turn your yard into an outdoor oasis. Encourage mixing and mingling with oversized furniture, waterscapes (pools, fountains, etc.) and a central location to house food and drinks like a bar or outdoor kitchen. Here are a few jaw-dropping backyard products that break the mold and will make you the envy of everyone in the neighborhood.
The budget-conscious say vacation is a mindset. With a tent, gear like a portable fire pit and sightseeing spots right at our fingertips, why not stay at home? Have you thought about relaxing in your own yard, pitching a tent, building a campfire and taking in the night sky? Many parents, in fact, find the staycation more relaxing than going away, not having to deal with airports or crowds, especially if they have young children.
In the 21st century, outdoor patio furniture became sophisticated. Creating a visual flow from indoor to outdoor spaces extended living areas and draws you outdoors. Select pieces that suit your aesthetic in a variety of interesting materials other than wicker or wrought iron, more similar to what is used in high end interior design.
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are all about ambiance. If you’re dreaming of what one could look like in your backyard, consider the following design issues: views from the yard and house, large structures, direction of wind, and existing hardscapes.
Decorating a fireplace mantel a week before Christmas Day may seem like a momentous task, but with the extra Christmas decorations hanging around your house and the holiday craft sales in abundance, decorating your fireplace mantel couldn’t get any easier.
As you gaze into the dancing flames of your fireplace this holiday season, you can’t help but wonder if your fireplace mantel is a little outdated compared to the rest of your home’s designs. From fireplace mantel surrounds to fireplace shelves and full fireplace mantels, here’s the skinny on what’s fact and fiction when it comes to installing your own — just in time for the holidays.