Your Fireplace:  Surround It With Things You Love

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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.  DSC_0028

I purchased my handwoven basket at our school auction last year, and I just love it.  It was made and donated by The Basket Case, based in Sunset Beach, North Carolina.  There are hand-painted handles.Your Fireplace: Surround It With Things You Love

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.Your Fireplace: Surround It With Things You LoveYour Fireplace: Surround It With Things You Love

Yellow is cheerful, and I have a Marimekko fabric print above the fireplace.  Marimekko art kits are a fantastic way to cover huge wall spaces inexpensively.Your Fireplace: Surround It With Things You Love

We received these modern candlesticks as a wedding gift from my maid of honor Karissa B, so they are very special to me.Your Fireplace: Surround It With Things You Love

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.  Your Fireplace: Surround It With Things You LoveYour Fireplace: Surround It With Things You Love

And nothing beats a chocolate lab to complete a cozy look!  Here’s our dog, Brooklyn:  the only other girl in our house!Your Fireplace: Surround It With Things You Love

 

About the author

Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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