4 Ways to Repurpose Your Fireplace

Jan 1, 2011 by

Friends, I hope you enjoyed marvelous holidays and a splendid New Year!  One of my resolutions for 2011 is to re-tend to Poetic Home, as I’ve finally got a handle on this mommy thing…now that Jet Mercury is about to turn one!  Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to sharing inspirations together with you this year!

In 2011, I believe we will see more of a movement to reinvent your FIREPLACE.  Since a fireplace causes household air drafts, which raise your heating bills, allows for the build up of unhealthy creosote deposits in the chimney, and distributes a dirty soot in your living environment, re-purposing your fireplace will save money and be eco-friendly too!   The challenge is to find a function that works for your personal space.

You could make it into a small library and welcome puns about burning books (via iVillage).  I especially like how this take on the idea actually incorporates a bookshelf into the fireplace to keep everything organized.

Here’s another way to curl up by the fireplace bookshelf with a good book!  (via Curbly)

Another choice which works well by keeping the fireplace as a focal point, without using it for a heat source, is to make it a haven for burning beautiful candles.  It’s best to clean your fireplace thoroughly first and close the flue.   Putting votives into logs makes it an especially fitting tribute to fireplaces, without all the soot!

Or use the modern alternative of LED christmas lights to create a ball of light in the fireplace, which is great for both the holidays and throughout the year if you use white lights (via Real Simple).

I’ve seen many green thumbs liven up an unused fireplace with plants, and the assortment can change with the seasons.  Amaryllis in the winter would look especially dashing with the splash of red instead of flames (via Real Simple).

Creative people find endless new ways to repurpose things which no longer need to function as they had in the past.  The fireplace was a source of heat for homes in the past, but now it’s use is only limited by the capacity of a space-dweller’s imagination.   If you repurpose your fireplace, I would LOVE to hear about it!

One of the Hottest New Repurposing Trends for 2011 is to reinvent your FIREPLACE. Since a fireplace causes household air drafts which raise your heating bills, allows for the build up of unhealthy creosote deposits in the chimney, and distributes a dirty soot in your living environment, re-purposing it will save money and be eco-friendly too.

The challenge is to find a function that works for your personal space. You could make it into a small library

http://www.ivillage.com/repurposed-fireplace-home-real-housewife-alex-mccord/7-b-232195#232214

Another choice which works well by keeping the fireplace as a focal point, without using it for a heat source, is to make it a haven for burning beautiful candles. It’s best to clean your fireplace thoroughly, close the flue, and pick a beautiful candelabra that illuminates the room.

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http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/inspiration/fireplaces-and-plants-118306

Creative people find endless new ways to repurpose things which no longer need to function as they had in the past. The fireplace was a source of heat for homes in the past, but now it’s use is only limited by the capacity of a space-dweller’s imagination.

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  1. What great ideas! We have two unused fireplaces in our home, and these photos are inspiring me to try to do something with them. Thank you for lighting the fire (sorry!)!

  2. The fireplace was a source of heat for homes in the past, but now it’s use is only limited by the capacity of a space-dweller’s imagination.

  3. Suzanne

    Happy New Year Grace!

    Love these ideas…I have tea light candles in mine. It’s easier to light them than start a fire and clean the ashes!

    Miss you and wishing you lots of happiness in the New Year.

    Ciao bella,
    Suzanne

    PS
    Loved seeing your “Site” in Romantic Homes. You were featured right above a friend of mine and I was featured the month before!

    xoxo

  4. Fantastic use of space, my favourite is the idea of using logs to hold candles – simple yet elegant. Thanks for sharing!

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