What on earth has happened to the highly regarded fireplace?
Really! Take a good look at your fireplace….not the surround on the outside BUT the interior part of that box?
Do you have those awful fake log sets from years ago? Simplistic grate holding what I affectionately call, “Barbie Logs”? The world of fireplace inserts has changed dramatically and so should you in a number of ways.
First with the logs…..There are great log sets out there and maybe it’s time to upgrade yours if it’s the look of logs you want to keep. This company provides large sets called Mombo Logs in more appropriate sized components. www.eiklorflames.com
A great installer will also “flame the interior of that grey box, so it appears more REAL.
Also, for a cleaner simple fire, look at a company called Spark Fires. Clean and linear – this has a fresh approach to wood burning adding a more contemporary look to your home. www.sparkfires.com
Or if you are seeking a more customized look, you could go to a metal artist such as Elena Colombo. She creates beautiful fire features made from various materials. The photos below are just two examples of her fire features. Feel free to visit her website and view some of her incredible work. www.firefeatures.com
After you have reset the interior of the fireplace, then move to improve the exterior with great accessories to warm up the winter months. A great log basket…yes, I know you’re not burning logs, BUT it doesn’t hurt to feel like you still could.
I found these great hand blown lead crystal matchstrikes on a website called www.lucycope.com, (you’ll use these for candle lighting) so have a pair of terrific candlesticks or votives on the mantel too.
And don’t forget a cozy rug by your fireplace. Was it James Bond who had all those love making scenes by the fire? Oh well, there have been so many good ones! Just get the rug!
Here’s to the fireplace! If it’s not good old-fashioned wood, then SOMETHING worth looking at to warm those chilly nights!