Articles in: Fireplace

Places: The Fireplace

Posted by: on November 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments
Image of Fall Inspired Hearth Decorations

Image via Sweet something Designs

 

With fall’s arrival days grow shorter and a little colder, and leaves of trees turn many marvelous shades of marigold. Thoughts too turn inward, to hearth and home, as we ready ourselves for the holiday season and entertaining family and friends. And nothing says come in and stay awhile quite like the sight of a fire roaring in the fireplace.

But if you happen to live in a home with a non-working fireplace, you can still create a warm, inviting look that will make the hearth of your home both a place of gathering and a focal point of the room. We found some pretty stunning examples of fireplace design ideas, like the one above from Michelle’s Sweet Somethings Design blog, arrayed with candles in autumnal colors, wicker balls and scatterings of natural fall accents.

 

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Christmas Mantel Ideas from Jenny of Everyday Occassions

Posted by: on November 12th, 2012 | One Comment

A cozy, nature-inspired mantel by Jenny of Everyday Occassions

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Jenny is an entertaining expert who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the author of the blog Everyday Occasions. One look at her table settings and menus, and you’re sure to want an invitation to her next soirée. We challenged Jenny to style, not a table setting, but a cozy, fireplace mantel in her family room. Here, she shares with us her gorgeous Christmas mantel ideas.

For the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge, I transformed my mantle into a Cozy Snow Dusted Fireside Escape. I tend to decorate during the holidays using natural materials when at all possible. I love the look of brown craft paper wrapped packages, burlap ribbon, pinecones, and fresh greenery. In the past, I have gravitated toward using a lot of white and gold for decorating the holidays that resulted in a sophisticated look, but since we’ve had our daughter, Emma, I’ve made a turn to the more cheerful and traditional colors.

 

Cozy, Nature-Inspired Mantel Ideas from Jenny of Everyday Occassions | Glittered clip-on birds

 

When I opened the first box from Home Depot for the Style Challenge that appeared on my door step, I was thrilled to see these glittered birds.

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Holiday Mantel Ideas with Bryn of Bryn Alexandra

Posted by: on November 2nd, 2012 | 9 Comments

 Fireplace mantel ideas from Bryn of Bryn Alexandra

In our Style Challenge series, we challenge some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Bryn Dunn of the blog Bryn Alexandra took part in the Holiday Edition of the Style Challenge by creating a gorgeous fireplace mantel using a delightfully unexpected color palette of red and purple. Take a look at Bryn’s wonderful holiday mantel ideas.

The holidays are my absolute favorite time of the year! I love everything about it — the festive music, the wonderful smells, the hustle and bustle of shoppers and, of course, time with family. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to light a fire in our family room at night while my husband and I are relaxing on the sofa. And what better way to enjoy a fire during the holiday season than with a festive mantel?

When I start planning my decorations for the holidays, I always start with a color scheme. I like to pick only one or two colors to keep things simple and contemporary. (I am very simplistic with my decorating.)

 

Holiday Mantel Ideas with Bryn of Bryn Alexandra

 

This year I was inspired by a red and purple color scheme. Red is such a classic holiday color and I never tire of it this time of year. I decided to add purple as an accent color to give the mantel a modern touch. (Purple has been one of my favorite colors this year!)

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Getting Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

Posted by: on January 10th, 2012 | Make A Comment

It’s true that the winter season is here already, but wintry weather is just starting to catch up to many around the country. Avoiding the winter chill by escaping into a warm, cozy home is always a favorite option this time of year. So chances are you’ll be firing up the fireplace very soon if you haven’t done so already. Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind before getting started.

No matter what type of fireplace you have this video will walk you through important steps to get you through getting your fireplace ready for winter safely. For those of you with wood burning fireplaces, proper cleaning and regular flue inspections are a must to keep out animals and debris. Gas log fireplace owners must be careful to always turn off the gas valve before starting any maintenance and carefully remove and replace the gas logs to prevent dangerous carbon buildup.

Check out homedepot.com for a huge selection of fireplace tools and accessories and The Home Depot How-To Community Forum for expert associate advice on even more home winterization techniques.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

10 Ways Your Tax Refund Can Add Value to Your Home

Posted by: on February 23rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

Instead of spending your income tax refund on a vacation or personal items, consider investing it back into your home. Investing in home repair is putting your tax return to good use in a number of ways including adding long-term value to your home. In addition to deriving more enjoyment from your home, you may save money in the end, depending on what types of repairs or upgrades you make.

There are countless ways to improve on a house to keep it in good shape – getting new drainpipes, a new roof, painting the interior and exterior of the home, or simply replacing old furniture.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

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