Posts Tagged ‘hearth’

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.

Beautiful Fire Beautiful Floor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Fireplaces add a lovely touch to any room, and they can work well with your beautiful floors if you take a few precautions when you install them.

This fireplace does everything right. To begin, it was installed with a tile surround and hearth to catch any stray sparks or spilled ashes. Tile provides an easy to manage surface for a hearth and from a design standpoint it can make your fireplace stand out in the room. Select a tile that suits the style of your home. Stone is another beautiful choice for a hearth, and can fit well with more traditional homes.

The next important design feature for safety is a fire screen. Your best option is an installed screen like this one. Screens vary from stand-alone three-part wrought iron options to curtains of metal or even – your safest choice – a metal-grid door custom built for your fireplace. Although a more expensive choice, it can be beautiful and secure.

Fire safety is also floor safety. Keep your fires small enough to be contained within the firebox. Use only enough paper to start the fire – extra can drift away from the center on drafts of hot air. Be sure to clean extra ash out of the fireplace regularly, and always make sure your fire is completely out before leaving the room.

With just a little thought and effort, you can enjoy your fireplace and make sure your beautiful floor stays beautiful.