On fire!

I love the rain! I love the sound of it, the feel of it, and the smell of it. And we are finally getting some here in San Diego. Boy, have we been thirsty!

Of course, I don’t want to hang outside in the pouring rain and howling winds. No, I would rather listen to it while I snuggle on the couch in front of a warm fire. Ah, yes, how I love to watch the flames dancing about in my lovely fireplace. Here it is:

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Now, I know my photography skills aren’t mind-blowing and this room’s decor is ever evolving. But can you not appreciate the beauty of this fireplace? OK, perhaps it doesn’t warm your heart like it does mine. See, my husband created this work of interior poetry. It was once the standard builder grade fireplace with boring beige tile and a tightrope mantle. So, inspired to create something new, I drew my idea for a mantle on a cocktail napkin. And my amazing, handy husband created it! The tile I had fallen in love with when I saw it in one of the flooring showrooms I worked in. I thought it would be perfect for our new and improved fireplace. And my husband installed it. Not only is it beautiful, it is a very personal touch, and that is what makes a house a home after all.

Of course, I had looked through countless magazines and even purchased an idea book before I drew on that napkin. However, nothing I saw really spoke to me. So, I consulted my imagination.

That’s not to say I haven’t seen some amazing fireplaces. Here are a few that light my fire (ha!):

Simple, contemporary, dazzling!

Warm and exotic!

Contemporary rustic beauty!

A more traditional style. Love those tiles!

What about you? Is your fireplace on fire? Or are you burning for a new one?

P.S. My husband is a hardwood flooring contractor by trade, so if you live in San Diego and are burning for a new hardwood floor, well, he is a craftsman. You can find him at http://www.woodworksflooringinc.com 

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