Design Inspiration

22 Different Ways to Decorate Fireplaces

The fireplace is often thought of as the heart and soul of a home- right after the kitchen, of course. It’s where the terminology “hearth” came from. Although technically it means the floor of a fireplace, it also means home and a vital center.

The fireplace is often one of the most important focal points in a room as it provides more than one purpose. Most importantly- or what I believe is most importantly- is that it is an architectural feature of the home. A lovely characteristic of the house. Whether it works or not is another question. When you live in in the south as I do, it’s not as important to have a working fireplace but believe me, it’s still a fantastic bonus if it does. A fireplace is still held in high esteem for its importance.

Think about the images a fireplace conjures in your mind. Maybe you’re thinking back to what you imagine it to be back in the medieval days; a fireplace was always roaring, whether it was being used as a means of warmth or as an oven. Maybe there is something inviting about a fireplace that makes us all congregate around it. Maybe you associate it with family time. Maybe you associate it as “Me” time- a time to cozy up next to the fire with a book and a glass of wine. Or maybe you’re an interior design addict like me and you see it as another aspect of the house to design, and boy, are the choices unlimited. Just take a look at these:

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All That Lovely Greenery in the Bathroom

I swear house plants- or rather plants in general- are one of life’s biggest mysteries. Snake plants are suppose to be indestructible, yet one is dying in my bedroom as we speak of the unspeakable! But I’ll confess. I’m not sure where I went wrong. I either drowned it in kindness or I killed it trying to re-pot it in new dirt- both of which I shouldn’t have done. As sturdy as these plants should be, I decided to give it another try. Sorry, Snake Plant #1. You have been replaced by Snake Plant #2 before you even finished dying! Good thing taking care of dogs are easier. Kids? Let’s not even go there.

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Moody Cranberry and Fig Fall Room

Fall Moodboard

I’ve had this image in my head for some time now of a glamorous fall room and it’s always with white walls and a few jewel toned accessories. So I imagined this was for a high end client who wanted a glamorous but simple look. And I particularly say high end because I could not find a similar option for the lamp, which is amazing for its detail, and the mirror, though maybe I’m being too picky about how similar it needs to be.

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The Many Decorative Faces of Skulls

Why do we have such a fascination with skulls? You don’t get a skull until it’s bare down to the bone- after someone or something has passed away, if we’re talking about the real thing. For the longest time, skulls always creeped me out, like its soul was still around and would put a curse on anyone who messed with it. I know such a thing wouldn’t happen, but in our culture, skulls are associated with Halloween and death. Rather semi-negative things.

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The Subtly of Bar Stools

It was not until I started looking for bar stools of my own that I had noticed that bar stool are not typically used to make a statement, but rather to blend in to allow the kitchen as a whole to be the star of the show. Originally, I wanted my stools to be unique or to have pattern or pops of color, but upon further study, I realized that would have been distracting and even more so, given its location in my apartment.

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