Have you had a fire in your fireplace yet this year? We have a couple times in the morning just to take the chill off, but by afternoon we’re still needing the a/c, so no evenings by the hearth yet. It won’t be long, though.
I’m so glad we have a fireplace in this house, and I’m happy that it’s gas. While there is absolutely nothing like a crackling wood fire, it is so much easier and cleaner just to flip the switch, which means we enjoy it more often than we would otherwise.
Of the eleven homes we have lived in, only four have had fireplaces. Five if you count this monstrosity. It was totally fake. The stone was fake, and the fire was a piece of red cellophane with a lightbulb behind it. Craig tore this whole thing out before we moved into this house (Parade of Homes #8).
This one was wood-burning, and we never really did get the hang of building a good fire. Plus, I think we were supposed to clean it out more often or something, because after a while it had a kind of sour ashy smell (Parade of Homes #7).
This one was gas, but it had a really narrow mantel and a faux marble (meaning plastic) surround which I didn’t like too much (Parade of Homes #9).
One of the fun things about having a fireplace is decorating the mantel, particularly for Christmas.
But what if your fireplace doesn’t have a mantel, like this one (Parade #6)? Or if you don’t have a fireplace at all?
I’ve seen lots of creative ideas around blogland, like decorating the top of an armoire or a ledge shelf. Or you could always do this…remember those cardboard Christmas fireplaces?
There are other options, though. If you have a nekked fireplace, like my red and green one (what was I thinking?) you could order a mantel, or even a whole surround. One place with lots of options is FireplaceMantels123. This one would have looked quite nice on the fireplace in question.
If you don’t have a fireplace at all, they sell those too. I love the Mayfair gel burning one. It’s petite, only 34” high, and it reminds me of the little ones you sometimes see when House Hunters is in England. Right now it’s only $249.99 and there’s free shipping until Oct. 31.
Wouldn’t it be romantic in a bedroom? Maybe I should start dropping Christmas hints…
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