4 Ways to Repurpose Your Fireplace
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!