How to Decorate and Add Style to Your Fireplace

Decorations

The style and sophistication a fireplace adds to a home is significant. However, the attractiveness of a fireplace often has more to do with its accouterments than the actual fireplace itself. While rock, stone, or wood fireplaces with ornate mantles are impressive, accessorizing an already attractive fireplace can make it breathtaking. Read below for some tips to make your fireplace even more attractive:

Utilize it for seasonal decor:
Having a mantle offers you the perfect location for a holiday or
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Outdoor Fireplaces Let You Enjoy the Great Outdoors Well into Autumn

Fall is here, and for many families, that means a retreat into the house and leaving the yard behind until warm weather returns next spring. With an outdoor fireplace, you can change all that by making your yard a spot for outdoor entertaining and family gatherings right up until the snow begins to fall.

An outdoor fireplace lets you create the same cozy, welcoming space as an indoor fireplace, but it has the added advantage of allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your yard. And while an
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An Eternal Flame: The Fireplace Through the Ages

It has been said that a fire is a caveman’s television. Its rainbow-colored, flickering flames have been comforting people by providing visual delight, warmth, and a sense of security for more than 1.8 million years.

Today, after many transformations — from an indoor fire pit in the Middle Ages to a convection-ventilated fireplace invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century — it has remained a staple in our evolving psyche.

Family and Political Symbol

A decor centerpiece of
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Contemporary Trends in Home Design Including Fireplaces

Today, many homes are being designed with contemporary style in mind. Existing homeowners are opting to update their homes by utilizing a contemporary look. If this sounds like you, read below for some tips on moving your home’s look into the modern era:

All about color:
Contemporary design is often defined by the colors used on the walls and throughout the home. Neutral colors such as white, cream, brown, and taupe are often used on the wall and bold colors are incorporated with furniture
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Biomass Tax Credit for Stoves Good Through 2013

It’s not too late to take advantage of the Biomass stove tax credit of up to $300 for purchases that meet certain environmental thresholds. As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, President Obama ensured this federal tax credit would remain in effect through at least December 2013. Not only that, but this act allows for a retroactive inclusion going back to 2011, provided the stoves or other biomass heating appliances meet a 75 percent biomass efficiency.

The purpose is to provide
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