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.

PHOTO CREDITS: DOMINO MAGAZINE

12 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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...

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  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!

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