Fireplace Fixings


One of the greatest parts of winter is curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold snowy day. However, now that we are in the spring season, your fireplace may just seem like a useless waste of space, but it doesn’t have to be. Why not transform your fireplace for the new season and use it as a focal point for your room? Your fireplace is one of the greatest places to display antique treasures or fresh flowers from outside. It is very easy to create a unique fireplace that brightens up your space for the new season.

A fireplace design I created. Although this isn’t a perfect design picture, it shows an example of some spring pieces you could use to brighten up your space.

The first thing you should do is search through your home for really cool pieces. Check the attic for old windows or even antique picture frames. Check your basement for old bottles or vases. Check your bookshelves for old books to incorporate into your design. Once you have gathered your treasures you can begin to play with what you have and decide what would work well together for your space. This is also where you can decide if you want to purchase any additional items. (a great place to find fireplace finds is at garage sales or local thrift stores–don’t be afraid to make a quick stop at either to find old treasures that will surely make your fireplace unique).

An amazing spring fireplace design using many different unique pieces to create a beautiful focal point for the room. This design is from Worthing Court blog

When looking at actually putting your finds together there are a few tips you should follow:

  1. Pick one large item for a centerpiece. It can be a window, a picture, a frame with a wreath, a clock, or even an old piece of metal with an interesting design–it all depends on what you love and what you have.
  2. The next step is to decide what pieces you have to go with your main focal point. This could be really cool glass bottles, lanterns, vases, candle sticks, plants, or even a small statue.
  3. The third step is to put it all together to create a fireplace masterpiece. When putting your fireplace together there are a few different techniques. You can create a symmetrical fireplace design with similar items on both sides. However, there is also the option to make it unsymmetrical, but have a design that flows nicely. The second option might take a bit longer, but play around with the items you have and see what design works best for your space. If you decide to go with a more creative design, finding a way to tie in the color you used on both sides can help with the flow of the layout. Another tip for this is to try to even out the size of the items across the mantle. You should try to avoid having all of the big items on one side and little items on the other side–this creates a fireplace that looks unequal and unfinished.
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A simply beautiful fireplace design created by Jeanette. (Check out her blog here!) This is an example of an effective fireplace design that doesn’t use symmetry. Notice the colors and the size of the items used here–creates a nice flow.
This fireplace design from House Beautiful shows the use of symmetry in a fireplace design. This can be a very effective method which will create a completed look for any fireplace.

Creating a fireplace design for spring can be a very fun and rewarding adventure. It is a great time to find those special pieces you have laying around your space and put them all together to create a masterpiece. The process is not difficult and you will be amazed with how much a spring fireplace can brighten up a room and create unique focal point for your room. Good luck designing and happy spring!

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“Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love” ~Nate Berkus

Fireplace Fixings

The Importance of Color

Today I am going to share with you my biggest pet peeve about home staging–over-neutralizing your house. One of the biggest tips for home sellers is to neutralize your home before putting it on the market. Realtors and home stagers suggest painting the walls a neutral color and avoiding bold statements. I, too, would agree that neutral colors are a safe and smart choice when looking to stage a house to sell, but I want to caution to not over-neutralize, making the whole house feel cold and bland.

To show what I mean by over-neutralize I found a few pictures from magazines and websites that (to me) seem to be too bland and cold feeling for a staged home.

Although some designers love white rooms, I personally find them blinding and  cold. This first picture from shows exactly what I mean by over-neutralizing.  Although this room has some nice features (love the nightstand), it is lacking color. Even just using different shades of grey or beige would help sell a house with this room.

White room from

Another example is this grey room. Although I am the biggest fan of grey (seriously, it’s my favorite color), this much grey is too much. Even though the room has a great industrial design and has a red chair giving the room a little color, a home buyer viewing this would probably see this as cold. Adding color will add warmth to the room and help sell this a lot faster.

Grey living room picture from showing a complete lack of color

Now imagine if you used the same couch and furniture, but you added different pillows to the couch with red patterns, if on the coffee table there were a glass container with bright red apples. Imagine a unique giant clock on the wall. See the silver vases just sitting on the bookshelf? Now imagine them filled with red flowers? Before long the accents of color and the addition of a few warm elements (pillows, rug, throw blankets, plants) will create a much homier feel which would make this room so much more appealing while also keeping the industrial look.

To show you the difference a little color can make, I also found a few pictures of rooms that use color as an accent and it makes a world of difference.

Although this room is grey the use of an accent color really breaks up the blandness of the room and creates interest and warmth (I also love the symmetry here). Photo courtesy of the Graphics Fairy
This kitchen has beautiful cabinets and using an accent color like yellow really helps bring out the rest of the room. Photo taken from This Old House, photographer: Anthony Tieuli
Even using brown as an accent color is better than no accent color at all. Photo courtesy of West Elm

I hope you can now see how important color is when staging a home. If you have too much color in a room (or your colors are too bold) the room can be overwhelming and can have the same effect on a buyer as a room with no color. A room with no color will not feel warm and buyers may have a difficult time feeling at home there. However, if you use neutral colors throughout the home and use corresponding accent colors to create warmth and visual interest, buyers will feel at home and will feel a stronger connection to the house. It’s all about how you stage your space.

If you have any questions for me please feel free to leave a comment and I will answer as soon as I can. If you have any ideas for me or my business or would like to share a picture of a space you need staged or have staged yourself, please feel welcome to do so 🙂

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The Importance of Color