There are only so many fireplaces out there in the world. Some of the most fantastic fireplaces you’ve seen might actually be the same as the worst offenders. How you decorate & design around your fireplace is just as important as the actual fireplace itself. Choosing brick or stone … or painting either of those … can make a dramatic difference in your room. Today, I wanted to show you a magnetic fireplace screen with doors that drastically changes the look of a fireplace – in seconds!
Fireplace Without Magnetic Screen (Before)
The photo above is what the fireplace looks like without any kind of screen on it. It’s a pretty fireplace by itself (and of course, if it didn’t usually have the magnetic screen on it, the electronics peeking out at the bottom would be covered). It gives off a great amount of heat & if you put a little time & effort into finishing off the edges where it has been installed in the wall, you’d have a pretty nice fireplace.
Fireplace Screen (With Magnets Marked)
But why have a “pretty nice” fireplace when you can have one, in seconds, that makes people say “Oh wow!” when they walk in your room?! Above is the fireplace & the magnetic screen. I marked the magnets for you so you could pick them out easily. Just three (strong!) magnets. It’s SO easy to install, but it stays in place once it’s up; it won’t go anywhere unless you want it to.
Fireplace With Magnetic Screen (After)
As you can see, the screen makes a big difference! This screen comes in a variety of colors & designs so it will perfectly match any room in your home. It’s nice not to have to worry about the hassle of installing something similar!
More design choices
Some design choices
If you are interested in these screens, you can find them at Portland Willamette’s site, here.
Have you been wanting a quick-and-easy way to makeover your fireplace?
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How to plan the lighting for a specific room in your property.
When taking on major redevelopment work or adding new rooms to a property through an extension then you need to create a lighting plan. It is best to complete the lighting plan at the same time as you do a plumbing or electrical brainstorm. In the ideal world a plan is put in place where you don’t have to consider any current electrical points or cabling – this gives you the freedom to place the sockets and cables where you need them.
The best approach is to walk round the room and make notes and give yourself the answers to the important questions:
- What are you planning on using the room for? If it is a home office it needs to be well lit or a bedroom then you need to reduce the light so it is easy to sleep. If it is a kitchen then you may also eat tea in there so the breakfast bar or table needs to be well lit as well as the cooker.
- Are there certain items in the room you want to be displayed? Should there be any pictures going up that are of particular importance then you will want to show them off and if there is any furniture then the right lighting can make this a feature of the room.
- What time of day will the room be used? If you are planning on using the room only at night then you need plenty of light as it will be darkness when you are in there and if you’re only there in the day then natural light and one lighting fixture will probably be enough.
If you have any fireplaces, windows or doors which are classed as removable objects then these need to be marked clearly as you will have to place cabling and lights around these. The same with plug sockets these need to be clearly marked (if an existing room) as you do not want to be adding too many to a room or having to buy a long cable just to reach a plug.
If you are planning on having high ceilings you need to make sure the practicalities are covered i.e. can you reach the fittings to change a bulb?
One thing to consider throughout the plan is the room it is leading into as you do not want to be walking from one well lit room to a small dark room.
Frances Trueman writes on behalf of Lichtkultur GmbH
Over on our Pinterest account, we’ve been hard at work bringing you really fun fireplace ideas. Today, we decided that while there are some truly spectacular fireplaces out there, part of the fun is hanging out around them. To that end, we have just added two new boards: Food by the Fire & Drinks by the Fire. Occasionally we will post some of our favorite recipes from those boards here on our blog. Today is one of those occasions. Presenting … S’mores Dip!
Let’s give credit where credit is due here. This recipe is originally from the blog The Cupcake Theory. Because Carol’s a genius.
Here’s the (super simple) recipe:
1 11.5-oz. bag milk chocolate chips
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 7-oz. jar marshmallow creme
Graham cracker sticks (Or just graham crackers broken into their individual sections)
Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl. Heat that up in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until it’s melted and smooth. Microwave for 10 additional seconds at a time if needed. Dot the surface with spoonfuls of marshmallow creme. Stir slightly until the dip has the desired marbled effect. Serve with graham cracker sticks.
Oh … and she has individual serving instructions over on her blog, too! Hope you all enjoy this recipe whether you eat it by the fireside or not!
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If you’ve been shopping around for a fireplace and have come across the term “zero clearance,” you might not know what that phrase means. Often, the description of the fireplace has “zero clearance to combustibles” as well. If you’ve been wondering “what is a zero clearance fireplace,” you’ve come to the right place!
A zero clearance fireplace is a factory-built fireplace that is constructed to be placed safely against combustible materials (such as walls and floors). This eliminates the need for a buffer zone because the firebox (the part of a fireplace where fuel is combusted) is constructed in such a way that the outside does not get hot enough to burn other materials.
A zero clearance fireplace can be installed in almost any home, almost anywhere in your home, using existing floor structures and a prefabricated chimney. The space used for zero clearance fireplaces is much smaller than that used by traditional fireplaces (because of the lack of a buffer zone). This tends to make zero clearance fireplaces cheaper, too, as there is no need for complex masonry work to shield combustible materials from exposure to heat.
Are there other fireplace terms that are confusing to you?
Let us know about them in the comments and we’ll help you out!