Monday, September 22, 2008

Fireplaces & Fall

Today is officially the first day of Fall. Although I love summer more than any other season, I am beginning to get excited for the crisp fall weather, sweaters and getting cozy with a good book and hot cup of coffee, preferably by a fireplace. Now, not everyone has a fireplace and the people that do, don't always use theirs. I found some examples of other ways to make the most of what you have (or don't have)...

Don't have a fireplace? No problem. Each of these were created by simply building a mantle and surround to give the illusion of a real fireplace. Paint the inside your favorite color or spice it up with bold wallpaper.
Look closely and you'll see, that's not a burning fire inside the fireplace - it's a TV! In a small space, this could be a great solution.

I adore the framed art collage surrounding the mantle. The vertical mirror adds height and a bit of drama to the whole effect.

What a fun an interesting shape. Love the mixture of different textures.

Other uses for your fireplace (maybe if it's non-working) - us as storage, as shown here with a large trunk; or as a display for vases filled with white stones, candles, etc.



  1. You have a wonderful blog!! So glad I found it:) I am totally loving those fireplace uses. Wish I had one!!

  2. i've been obsessed with this idea after seeing multiple examples in domino, but have never had the resources to pull it off. have you come across any sites that give a proper description of how to make it work? i'd be eternally grateful!

  3. I'd love to cuddle up with a book next to any of these!

  4. We have a spring now in Aus but I never say "No" to cozy pictures.
    ...Thank you a lot for including me in your blog list.

  5. All great ideas...make me wish we had a fireplace. And that it was cool enough right now to use it. Summer's my favorite season too, but our hot weather is making me feel like I'm in limbo.

  6. love the lower left pic...what issue of domino is that?

  7. I love the 2nd one with the ladder to the loft area, such a great room!

  8. It's just another Mantle Monday... wish it was Sunday... that's my fun day... don't have to run day... it's just another Mantle Monday... LOL... I'm sorry... Ithink I had too much caffeine... but I just couldn't help myself!
    GREAT collection!
    I sooooo NEED a mantle... these are FAB!

  9. I wish I had a fireplace. I love that ladder that's propped up against the wall.

  10. Wonderful pictures! I have often thought of doing this very thing in my living room and now your have given me some color ideas as well, thank you :) Now, if you could just help me convince my husband to move our monstrosity of a TV out of there...

  11. I love this post!!! It puts me in the mood for fall:)
    Did you see that you are on Desire to Inspires list of blogs to read today? Way to go!

  12. Great photos
    too fabulous!


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