It might seem kooky to do a blog on fireplaces RIGHT when everyone is turning them off-finally! and we hit our hot months, but a lot of you are making the best of the weather for your renovations or it’s GO time for new construction. So with that said I have been planning and scheming for a few clients these past few weeks on fireplaces so I thought I would share my inspo’s and what is trending.
Traditionally the fireplace served as the heart of the home, after all it was the main source of heat for most folks! Currently most homes have gas or electric making the design aspect much more fun! The fireplace serves as heat yes, but as a focal point, ambiance setter, and as art in today’s modern homes.
If you are shopping for a new gas fireplace make sure you:
#1. Buy one that is rated excellent by the EnerGuide- that way you won’t be stressing over your gas bill and can feel ok about having it on as much as you want
#2. Ask for/Buy a remote control. Nothing sends me over the edge more than having to switch the fireplace on or off from the front plate of the fireplace. Especially if you are a couch napper or blanket co-cooner everytime you have to leave your nest this will irk you too!
#3 Always us a professional for adding a gas fireplace in your home
#4 The BTU # is the number tha
What better to lead to an outdoor area than this rustic inspired fireplace. The barnwood boards framed with the rustic beams screams Italian Villla! You can add rustic details to your home withOUT going farmhouse. Pair with modern furniture, glass accents, grennery and modern textured rugs to make it happen
Lots going on here BUT it works. We have a shiplap wall, a wood mantel, traditional framing of the fireplace and a herringbone tile accent. Everything is in good scale and the colors are all warm so it isn’t too busy
Most of my clients are liking this look these days- TV OFF the fireplalce wall and to the side and then some sort of built in shelf detail. After years of wall mounting fireplaces and people watching LESS tv look for this as the new standard
If I were a fireplace this would be me. A splash of modern, sleek finishing, Wood burning and a mantle the perfect size for display:)
Seeing alot of this too- smaller fireplaces with a panel wall accent. Very chic, very upscale, very 1970’s meets 1950’s
Outdoor fireplaces. If you can-DO
I am currently about to embark on this look in a new build. It will be a venetian plaster treatment in stucco to look like concrete! Can’t wait to share it with you
With a bit of planning ahead this is easy to achieve- drywall a box for your electric fireplace and a “cubby” for your logs…awesome mountian/mod look. Shout out to the feature ceiling treatment that ties in the wood logs.
Think low and long if you can’t go high
Also have this happening at a spec- we are going to stain the wood mantle the same as the floor to tie it in.Simple and Chic
Full disclosure— I don’t like herringbone food floors. I find it takes over a room too much. I LOVE it on a bathroom floor, as backsplash OR as a fireplace though. This looks fantastic and is a great way to make a serious design choice that you won’t tire of
Classic brick and wood mantle balanced by a light bright palette on the walls= modern classics
Pattern on the fireplace works well in a sitting room or a dining area
Tile again on the fireplace and again, TV mounted off centre.
Built ins and floating shelves on either side is a classic look because it works! Looks great and functions well especially for families!
t will tell you how much heat your place’ will kick out in your space. So if you have a larger room to heat make sure you get a fireplace with enough juice to the the job done.
Take a peak at what is trending………and read my notes on why and what is working:)
I can’t say I have ever met a man who does not want his own space.Whether it’s a shop, a shed or who knows what, they all seem to rejoice when they are in there! Today I am sharing my husband’s man den. While I definitely wanted him to have most ( I didn’t really want this but I know that I had to let him to be the nice wife I wish to be) of the input this space doubles as an overflow entertaining area when we have guests so I wanted it to at least flow with the rest of our (my) style throughout the house.
Here I will share my Top 5 Tips!
Particulars:This space was an unfinished basement so with drywall,flooring, paint to every single detail in the room the investment was just under $14,000. The total square footage is 340 bringing it in at roughly $40 per square foot.
1- Choose durable finishes! We went with a commercial grade laminate flooring but added an extra layer of underlay for added warmth in winter & a good ole Costco rug to catch any spills. Dark laminate counters to hide a multitude of sins on the wet bar as well as a black granite under mount sink to keep any messes hidden! Add extra insulation for noise barrier if your TV is going to be loud on game night. This room mirrors a furnace room so we wanted all noise from that blocked as well as any flow to my office past that.
2. Do not cheap out on your bar/wine fridge. Do not. There is a huge difference in quality on these and for the few hundred dollar difference from an average one to a good to great one-it is worth it.Cheap ones a). don’t keep things cool and b). are noisy!
3. Don’t be afraid of custom orders. We wanted a 7 ft real wood bar table. Could not find one in our vibe so I did some snooping and found Daniel Nelson from Driftwood Works and we Facebook-ed back and forth until we found our grain and stain of choice and he had the table fabricated and a matching Dart Board Wall shipped to us in less than 3 weeks for $1000 both pieces!
4. Save where you can. We wanted a new couch and seating BUT real life took over and that is on the back burner so we used our old sectional and I dressed her up in easily cleaned throw pillows and blankets.We also decided to cut the cabinetry cost in half but not doing upper bar cabinets. We had glass shelves made from a local glass company with special mounts that can hold a lot of liquor weight.
5. Show who you are! My husband loves the outdoors, sports, and likes to entertain. We are both big kids at heart so the space is full of nods to all those things.
At the end of the day we ended up collaborating on a space that works for him and a space that I am not embarrassed about having to show guests- a true #WIN! We set our budget at the start and I am happy to say we hit our target. When we disagreed on any decisions I quickly moved on and showed him other options instead of sticking on anything and creating a “scene”. A true collaboration which is what life is all about!
Details are noted under the photos
Old Black Betty is hanging in there for a few more years! I
Seating for 6+
A Removable Tray top makes this piece a perfect indoor/outdoor server or snack porter:) It is from Walmart- $99
Welcome to the Man Cave
Custom Table iron worked with room for your feet. It is the perfect height for extra seating to watch a big game
3 stools in heather grey are super easy to clean. $99 bucks each from Sears.
The stain used on the table cleans easily and isn’t too dainty that you need coasters
Music, Travel and Hockey all represented here
The room is one big square essentially so I wanted a round table to improve the flow and found this one from Pier One for $480 and the handy side table that can be picked up and moved around as needed for $80 at Home Sense. The UGG Australia Throw is bananas and SO cozy, best 80$ you will EVER spend.
We framed up some of Roman and I’s favorite things: Big Cats, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Lyrics to a favorite Beatles Song & a photo of him fishing in Costa Rica. Great memories and inspiration belong everywhere!
Sit a while and pour a drink!
We chose light blocking cellular blinds since we get a lot of natural light in here during summer days.
Decanter with Crown is a must in this house. Antler was sourced from our garage! Pillows from Portfolio Interiors here in Kamloops at about $40 a piece and the decanter & marble server we both less than $15 again at Home Sense
We had this funky bulk head to deal with but at the end of the day it buffers the surround sound and adds to the focal point of the 65 inch LG 4K on the wall (not pictured)
This bad boy is 3.5 ft wide and 6 ft tall and is perfect for game night!
50$ shelf from Home Sense houses poker chips, cards, darts and SNACKS for movie nights.
We are currently waiting on a custom media shelf- real life doesn’t rush for photos apparently! I ordered the TV from Amazon it was here in less than 24 hours, is 65inch at was $1800
Seating for game day. Chairs wipe clean easy and tuck in under the custom table.
The wet bar is 9ft in total and MIL installed the backsplash for us:) The cabinets were made by Home depot as was theh laminate counter. We had a local installer put in both for under $300
Urban Barn had this great fish canvas and the standing moose, that I knew would be perfect. $300 for both
All accessories are sturdy and can survive drops, smashes and crashes- All these are Home Sense!
Framed Rolling Stone autographs and a Warhol print are touches personal to Roman.
Good old wooden sign goodness
I used a ship style mirror as a Tray to pull together a few nods to nautical in the room and we mounted INTO a stud the bottle opener.
Flooring is Arctic Ice from Costco. The guitar was a gift and all accessories are from Home Sense.
Records always ready to spin for guests. The bar sink and faucet are Delta and the combo was about $600. The bar fridge is a Kenmore dual temp with cedar shelving. $800
Wooden tic tac toe game, $40 from Home Sense.
100$ Marquee BAR lights- Bed Bath and Beyond
20$ Chalkboard sign to change up the seasonal signature drink
Never enough storage for Wine or Tunes
I turned this 5th bedroom in my own home into a dedicated workout and yoga room. The room is 168 sq ft and came in at $3500 or roughly $22 a square foot #score. This includes drywall,paint and flooring.
I wanted a calm, cool and collected vibe…almost minimal but still with delicate details.
The Edits to know:
1.The room had already been dry walled with a closet opening and instead of taking that framing out we kept it in for resale value. Closet doors can easily be added if our needs change.
2. Because there are no site lines or neighbors behind us I left the windows un-treated to allow the window to act as a constantly changing piece of art work and it matches the minimal vibe I was after and I am so glad I didn’t clutter it up!* it did make the room hard to photograph though!
3. I Added gym underlay beneath the laminate floor for cushioning these old joints! It is cheap to do so why not?! And less of a tripping hazzard than gym mats if you have rug rats working out with you- I don’t but it is a good to know tip!
4. I made sure to select a light with a disbursement shade on the bottom. When you need the light on in early winter mornings you don’t want the bulbs staring you in your eyeballs- crunching is bad enough as it is!
View the gallery to read tidbits on the details
Pinterest Workouts clipped to the board #motivation
I got the TV for FREE from Telus with our contract #yahoo and This handy little white board lets me X or Y my workout days.
Adjustable weight bench is a must, this one was $200 from Rocky Mountain Fitness. Towels and Gloves also a must!
I loved the roses on this big canvas print and all the colors can be found outside the window and in the room. Another $40 Home Sense Find
I got this Nordic Track Treadmil on sale for $1200 & that is what you can expect to pay for a decent one. One simple towel hook is all I need in here.
I collect Buddha’s and buy or receieve one to mark special times in my life. The weight stacker is from Amazon-$40! And Blue Foam Roller: I hate you
Simple Floating Shelves- $40 each from Home Depot. I keep my indoor only shoes up top, Beautiful digital photo reminding me I will be on a beach so push myself to get that sweat on! My mala beads & crystals for meditation, books and a Quote that keeps it all in perspective.
Even a home gym needs a gym bag: I always keep my Yoga bag packed to grab easy if I am heading to a “real” class. This room is off my laundry room so when I come back in I throw clean stuff in and dirty stuff up. It actually never goes upstairs!
This is simple in design but the mosaic detail is subtle glam I am always after. $250 from The Lampost here in Kamloops
Behr Atmosphere White- Walls. The Trim is Behr Cloud White
Benjamin Moore Tempest Grey- Feature Wall
Arctic Grey 12mm Laminate