Baby It’s Cold Outside!
There is nothing new about fire. Civilization has used fire for cooking and warmth for eons. Yet, today more often than not, when we think fire we think about cozy settings. We think about fireplaces!
Colder Temps Mean It’s Fireplace Time
Colder temps also mean a bit more effort each day. More layers of clothes to deal with, possible slick roads to navigate and shorter days that seem rushed. Taking some time in front of a fire can make all the extra effort of the day so worthwhile! Some comfy clothes, a welcoming beverage and a fireplace can make any night more like a date night at home.
Yeah….It’s Friday Favorites
Once again, let’s look at how our fashions and our interior design are so closely influenced by each other.
Modern design with a textural full chimney reminds be of the natural colors of wool.
A vintage fireplace and mid century furnishings go together like a Black & Tan.
I can almost feel every thread in these hearty textiles.
Have we ever seen a deep blue tile that didn’t just set the scene? Timeless.
This is a place to dream about traveling!
And of course…Our Favorite…The LBD!
Make your own statement with Black & White.
During these colder days, take a few minutes to start a fire and enjoy being at home. Perhaps when you are sitting looking at the memorizing flames, maybe you’ll be inspired to come up with a few new wardrobe combos by shopping in your own closet! Good design is everywhere.
What If You Don’t Have A Fireplace?
Kristen always amazes me with the ease in which she can pull together a post where decor and fashion meld into one another. Her talent for capturing classic detail and making it relevant comes forth in all her design projects. At times, it’s hard to add much to her thoughts. So, after envisioning myself in most of her examples above, it dawned on me what to add. Wait….what if we don’t have a fireplace? Are we out of luck in the coziness department?
Personally, we’ve had several homes with built in fireplaces. In fact, one 1889 home had seven full fireplaces complete with all the glory. While that may have been a few too many to take care of, (another fine journey Mr. LBD got us into) living in Florida with none is one too few. So we are now enjoying a portable, ethanol fueled fireplace.
This is similar to the size and unit we have. It is large enough to sit on the floor, and slim enough to sit on a table if desired. We use it on a glass console table in a location so we can enjoy it inside and outside our home. Ours uses Sun Gel bio fuel which comes in cans and when burning even gives a crackle sound. How cool is that? Many who see it want to know more about it. These types of fireplaces are easy to use, reasonable to operate and offer the ambiance without any renovations.
Table Top Fireplaces
Wall Mount Portable Fireplaces
Inside Designer Trick
We’ve been known to add a portable fireplace inside an existing fireplace cavity. Why? Several reasons.
One, some fireplaces are old and not safely operable with a wood/gas fire, yet they retain such character. It can be less expensive and efficient to use a portable unit than to do extensive repairs. Manufacturer’s will have guidelines on how units can be used correctly. There are even logs that use bio fuel to produce the flame.
Two, often times it is simply a great addition to a design plan. Something unexpected and a conversation starter….which you know always makes us smile.
Thank you as always for spending a few minutes of your day with us.
Bon Weekend and Stay Toasty!