When times get tough, and when the world gets scary—we stay home. I’ve been staying home a lot lately, with an interim between my boys’ sports seasons: it has been nice to be home. My favorite area in my house is my fireplace. It’s just a gas fireplace, and when we first bought this house 8 years ago—I immediately thought it was the most hideous thing, and I needed to change it completely. It looked like a black hole with fake logs. I haven’t had to change it—just by accessorizing I have come to love it. And I now gain a great deal of comfort from just sitting near my fireplace—it’s good for the soul. Surround your fireplace with things you love: Here are the things I love around mine.
I added a new accessory just yesterday—and I’m finally completely satisfied. My fireplace is a regular, run-of-the-mill gas insert. There were garish brass doors, and the brand “Heat N Glo” is stated prominently on the bottom. I have never understood the design concept (or lack of design concept) of gas fireplaces. In reality, we all would prefer a real fire, so why don’t the gas fireplace companies do a better job of actually replicating a real fireplace? To make mine prettier, I removed the brass doors (they just lifted right out). I bought this fireplace screen from the Plow and Hearth catalog. Voila! It no longer looks cheesy.
I love candles, and I burn my candles every day that I’m home. These candles from Rosy Rings are heavenly and long lasting. They are pine scented and beautiful. I love the scent of pine so much that I’ll tell you now to please bury me in a pine casket. My home is large, and these two candles scent the entire downstairs. I burn them only when the kids are at school, because it’s otherwise too dangerous with the boys wrestling on the floor.
Lastly, I recently lined up all of the knit Christmas balls I’ve made in the past year: 38 and counting. I gave away 10 last year. These will be featured in an upcoming post. I knit these whenever I’m on an airplane or at my boys’ sporting events, and I use up remnants of yarn.