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If you’re a makeover show aficionado, you know there are two things you can expect designers to do: ditch the ceiling fan (or at least upgrade to a nicer one) and re-skin an outdated fireplace (the horrors of brass!).

Well, with temps dipping into the teens and snow falling outside here in the Northeast, a ceiling fan isn’t on my mind today, but fireplaces definitely are. My rental doesn’t have a cozy hearth (sigh), but to battle my mid-winter doldrums, I decided to scope out some heartwarming inspirations here on the HGTV site and Rate My Space (click on the images to see the gallery/articles):

And one outdoor idea for our (lucky) pals in warmer climes:

Of course, the greenie in me wants to remind you that a fireplace isn’t always very eco-friendly. But if you like the luxury, be mindful of your fuel. Whenever I hijack a pal’s hearth, I use Duraflame, a pressed log made with renewable, non-toxic wax and wood scraps (sawdust and shavings), or Java-Logs, the coffee firelog. Both burn longer than traditional wood, too.

And here are some ideas from our sister site, Ecologue.com, about greening up your fireplace. Plus, a chic-and-simple homemade fire pit, perfect for when the temperatures start rising again.

4 Responses

  1. What a very nice post on fireplaces. They add so much to a room. They make it nice and cozy. Romantic as well. Nice photos of the fireplaces. Thank you very much.
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  2. Jeremy Farargo says:

    I also loved this post. the pictures are very beautiful. nothing like a cozy fireplace to brighten things up. The design is amazing.
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  3. Jeremy Farargo says:

    I also loved this post. the pictures are very beautiful. nothing like a cozy fireplace to brighten things up. The design is amazing.
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  4. Jeremy Farargo says:

    I also loved this post. the pictures are very beautiful. nothing like a cozy fireplace to brighten things up. The design is amazing.
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