Posts Tagged ‘fireplace’

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Did you ever enjoy apple chips as a child?  The crispy snack is a great healthy treat for both adults and children – and can bring a nostalgia for fall any time of the year.  Rather than purchasing this item (at a very high price!), make them at home.  This is a wonderful fall activity with children.  Apple prices are low and a wonderful bonding experience between generations!  You may find yourself eating these delectable chips almost as fast as you make them, so plan for plenty!

 

What you need:

Lemon Juice

2 Apples

Cinnamon

Basting Brush

 

Instructions:

Slice apples into thin slices about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the skin and core intact. The skin is healthy and the core makes a pretty design in the center of the apple chip.

Soak apple slices in a bowl of water. Use 2 cups of water and add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Let slices soak for 30 minutes. The lemon juice will prevent the apple from turning brown.

After soaking, pat the apple slices as dry as you can get them. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices on the baking sheet. Dust the slices with cinnamon and then use a basting brush to rub cinnamon on the entire slice.

Move the oven racks to the 2/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the top. Place cookie sheets on the racks and bake for an hour. After an hour remove from oven and turn chips over. Return to the oven for another hour.

 

A great way to enjoy these is cuddled under a cozy blanket or near a warm fire.  Turn on your favorite movie and snack on apple chips rather than popcorn.  These are also wonderful enjoyed with a big mug of hot chocolate!  Don’t forget the marshmallows!

8 Creative Ways To Use Your Fireplace During Warm Months

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice

If you’re fortunate enough to have real, working fireplace in your home we say bravo! They are rare occurrences in newly built homes. But many older homes feature traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves. During cold months the fireplace is often the central gathering point in the home, but once it goes defunct in the warmer months it seems like an out-of-place element that distracts from the harmony of a room. Rather than let it sit empty and looking a bit forlorn, we suggest trying a creative way to use it as an architectural feature. If you want to get especially creative with it, try more than one of these ideas at different times. For example, try #1 during Spring and Fall, and try #8 in the months between!

  1. Multi tier expanse of pillar candles
  2. For a special event arrange dozens of symmetrically aligned tea light candles
  3. A large, ornate flower arrangement that fills the majority of the space, both laterally and vertically
  4. Install a temporary curtain rod and hang a pretty curtain to cover the opening; opt for a solid color which will then serve as a backdrop for anything you’d like to set in front of it
  5. Using the wood that will go unused until it’s time to light fires again, create an interesting sculptural formation; refer to the game Jenga for inspiration
  6. A focal point piece of artwork on an easel
  7. Print a favorite photo on a stretch canvas frame that is slightly larger than the opening of the fireplace, then simply set it in front of the opening
  8. If you have a glass walled wood burning fireplace insert a tray the size of the base and plant a terrarium – when it’s time to use the fireplace again you can easily slide it out and display it elsewhere

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The fireplace is traditionally the heart of a home and often the place where people are drawn, particularly in the winter months. Therefore, when it’s time to decorate your home for the season, it makes sense to pay particular attention to the mantel. After all, this is a visual focal point of the room. Try using any of these ideas to create a mantel decoration that will capture everyone’s attention.

Winter Greenery

Don’t overlook the simplicity of winter greens for making a beautiful and formal decoration on your mantel. Look for evergreen swags you can drape across the mantel, and then try studding the greens with pinecones, bulb ornaments, bird’s nests, and other small items to help complete the look. You can also create small swags and circles out of holly branches or mistletoe; try arranging small groups of them around candles you can light in the evening to enhance the effect.

Mitten Clothesline

Have a little fun with your mantel and invoke the image of mittens drying by the open fire by creating a mitten clothesline. String a line across the mantel, and pick up several pairs of mittens from a dollar store or other discount vendor. Clip them to the line in coordinate colors to give the impression that many little hands are warming up after a cold day outside.

Winter Topiary

Create timeless decorations to display on your mantel this year, and for years to come by making some winter topiaries in a variety of sizes. Create a holiday-themed topiary out of bulb ornaments to display in the center of the mantel, or create two smaller topiaries out of pinecones to set on either end. You can also combine the topiaries with fresh greenery to help enhance the look of the mantel and bring something else to focus on into the overall design. Just be sure that you don’t duplicate the materials used in the topiary elsewhere in the design, so that each component can shine on its own.

Decorating Your Home for Winter

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Holidays

6543918_SDoes the house seem bare now that the tree and yuletide décor is gone? Yes, the holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate for winter.

Rearrange your furniture. If you have a fireplace, pull furniture towards the hearth to create a cozy gathering spot.

Add some bright pops of color to counteract the blue and silver scene outside.

Just like you bundle up to go outdoors during these cold months, use slipcovers on your dining room chairs for a fun layered look. Layer beds with textured throws and pillows. Add dozens of throw pillows to your couch and chairs in your living room.

Throw a sheepskin rug by the fireplace or better yet put one on each side of your bed. Your footsies will thank you when you get up each morning.

Hang thick velvet curtains. Hang these right over the window treatments you already have. Once the warmer months arrive you can simply take them down.

You can still dress up the mantle of your fireplace. The greens and holly may have gone, but why not create a scene using a white, silver and a pale blue palette? Add glittery snowflakes too.

Hang glass icicles from the chandelier over your dining room table. Glittered branches in glass vases make a beautiful centerpiece.

Add snowflake decals to any mirrors in the house. If you have any snowman décor from the holidays, it is perfectly acceptable to leave those out.

Outdoor Living – Patio Design

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Great patio design, beautiful hardscaping and savvy plant choices combine to create perfect outdoor spaces just in time for the warm summer months.

This terrace went from no-place-to-sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.

This is a dream outdoor space for a gourmet cook. While this kitchen can accommodate big gatherings, there are still places to lounge in shade or sun.

 

It’s hard to imagine that this Tuscan-style courtyard used to be nothing more than an empty gravel space. New stonework, a bubbling fountain, lush plantings and decorative finds resulted in a picturesque and very livable outdoor space.

This two-tier, curved bluestone patio coordinates beautifully with the home’s color and architecture. This previous empty lawn is now an elegant space for dining, relaxing and informal entertaining.

Natural stone paving ties in with the home’s interior. Thanks to designing on the diagonal, this courtscape looks bigger than it really is. Built-in seating maximizes the space.

Come see how Century Tile can help with your outdoor patio flooring projects. And don’t forget to take a look at our tile specials!

 

Decor – Outdoor Living Spaces

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

We’re gearing up for BBQ season, but that doesn’t mean just grilling your dinner. Here are some backyard kitchens that may inspire you to cook an entire gourmet meal al fresco.

Italian inspiration – Look at this outdoor dining space that’s built around a wood-fired pizza oven. The trough cut from the center of the Italian-inspired marble table can be used to display cut flowers or chill bottles of vino.

Super fancy – A blown-glass vessel sink, marble counter tops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen.

Ultra Modern – In this kitchen the rough, organic feel of the stone walls mixed with stick-straight cabinetry give the space interest. A copper vent hood and built-in flat-screen TV add a wow factor.

Gather by the fire – An open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cook top gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

Rooftop kitchen – This rooftop deck’s natural gas five-burner grill has stainless steel cabinets to store grill utensils and spices. A glass fence stretches in front of the adjacent seating area to preserve the city view.

Are you hungry yet? Let us help you get started designing your outdoor kitchen today.

Lessons from a Blue Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The traditional architectural details and décor of this room give it a flavor of the past, but it’s a modern room created by someone with traditional taste who, obviously, loves blue.

If this room is not your style, fine. But you can learn something about designing your own rooms from looking at other spaces that feature any style or taste. Good design tools are universal, and this room demonstrates some excellent design decisions.

To start, while the first impression is that this room is completely blue, with a closer look you can see the other colors that help this room work. The strong white elements in the wainscoting, ceiling and crown molding and the fireplace help balance the blue and keep the room feeling fresh rather than cloying. Pattern curtains also create a few color breaks.

The next good decision is the variety of blue tones. The walls are a light blue-on-blue pattern that is echoed in the upholstery. The drama comes from blue carpet. The floral pattern connects that rug with the rest of the blue in the room.

Patterns are well balanced. Although florals prevail, the variety of pattern color, shape and background allow them to work well together in the room. There are enough solid fabric choices to balance the pattern effectively.

This room also does well in terms of proportion. The high ceiling is supported by the curtains, mirror and artwork, helping the room to feel like an integrated space. Notice the not-to-style choice of a clear coffee table in the middle of the room. It works because it serves a specific purpose, to keep from cutting into the color and line of the area rug.

This is a smart room. If you pay attention there is something to learn from every room you see. Then you can take your own ideas and apply them to your own home with success.