I love fireplaces and even though it’s not crucial to our living space, it’s on my list of wants for our house. There is something so soothing and romantic about sitting by the fire, watching the flames and their colors. Besides, I absolutely LOVE decorating mantles. It’s a simple way to re-decorate a room year-round, just by swapping out the pieces on your mantle. You can change it to reflect the seasons, add pops of color to the room, or even showcase you favorite family photos and artistic decor. Around the holiday season, I feel even more festive with fresh garland and a themed arrangement on a mantle.
Many older houses (which I love) come with a fireplace (or several) that are no longer in use. Immediately my first thought comes too, “let’s break that baby open because there has to be a chimney in there somewhere.” Obviously, that’s not always logical, so sometimes you have to do something a little different.
I visited Harford County’s Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Decorators’ Show House this year and was quite inspired by a non-working fireplace. Designer Elle Ellinghouse was responsible for the dining room and parlor. Not only did she create one of the most luxurious spaces, she made a non-working fireplace incredibly romantic. A mirror was placed inside and a series of candles were put in front, along the brick hearth. It was beautiful. I wish I could’ve taken a photo, but luckily Anne Herbert Photography captured the entire room beautifully! (Visit her blog for detailed photos and more of the fireplace!)
If you’ve found your dream home without the fireplace, you could always add in a faux fireplace for decorating purposes. Often you can purchase old fireplaces and mantles that are reclaimed materials from houses that have undergone renovation. They may not be in working condition, but with the right contractor they could be.
With a solid white piece like this one, you could paint the mantle and the brick in the accent color of your choosing or leave it as is. Then, set it up where you like and decorate away. You may chose to go faux flame and use candles instead, but you still may need to anchor the piece to a wall. Where there is a will, there is a way… and a fireplace!