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Posted by Elena Langlois on 2/8/2018

Fireplaces can serve as a focal point in a room, provide a source of heat and add to the comfort of your home. They can also help you to save on energy costs. Thereís so many different kinds of fireplaces that you can either install or find in a home. If youíre shopping for a home, you may want a home with a built-in fireplace. You donít necessarily need one to get all of the benefits that a fireplace can provide. Thereís different types of fireplaces that are made to suit the many different needs of homeowners. Here, weíll show you some different kinds of fireplaces along with their pros and cons. 


Wood Fireplaces 


The most commonly thought of fireplace is the wood-burning fireplace. This will be built-in to your home, or you can install them in your home to use as a heat source. You may even install a wood stove in the upstairs part of your home and another in the downstairs in order to keep an even heat throughout the home. In some homes, however, just one wood stove is enough to heat the entire house! 


This type of fireplace requires maintaining from time-to-time including cleaning the chimney. Youíll also need to clean out ash from the inside of the fireplace. The material thatís being burned- wood, needs to be stored somewhere. Rain and inclement weather can cause a problem, as youíll need to dry the wood some before it can be burned effectively. Youíll need a screen to protect you and your family from the ash and embers that may be blown around form the inside of the fireplace while itís burning wood. These fireplaces are advantageous for a classic look and feel but can often be a pain to clean.   


Gas Fireplaces 


If your home is fitted with a gas fireplace, youíre lucky because these types of fireplaces are cleaner and provide a more even heat source. Gas fireplaces, true to their name, burn gas instead of wood. A vented gas fireplace will look very similar to that of a wood- burning fireplace. There is a firebox present in the chimney that allows for ventilation with these types of heating sources. You can use a variety of things to give the appearance that you are ďburningĒ them in a gas fireplace. This includes beads that will bring flames up and ceramic logs that appear just like the logs that would be present in a wood-burning fireplace. You can even easily convert a gas burning fireplace to a wood burning one. This is, if you seem miss cleaning up all of the ash that they create!   


Direct Vent Fireplaces


These fireplaces donít require a chimney. They draw in outside air and feed off a gas line thatís attached through the wall. The flame of these fireplaces is secured behind a piece of glass. The big advantage to these kinds of fireplaces is that they emit a large amount of heat and donít lose much heat in the process, since thereís no chimney to lose air through.  


Faux Fireplaces

If you choose, thereís a variety of options that you have in getting a fireplace that doesnít actually create a flame at all. These fireplaces are typically run on electricity and give the same effect of a fireplace but are much easier to install anywhere in your home. Consider these if you really would like a fireplace without the hassle!





Posted by Elena Langlois on 2/23/2017

 

If youíve paid any attention to home and living catalogues over the years youíve probably noticed how quickly home decor trends come and go. Just like in the world of fashion, the people who manufacture homegoods do it with one idea in mind: to keep you coming back for more.


Thereís an important distinction to be made between a trend and a style. Youíve probably seen several homes that adhere to the styles of farmhouse, mid-century modern, industrial, and so on. However, within these styles there are several trends that flood magazines and houses each year. While everyone wants to keep their home up to date, itís important to keep a watchful eye out for homegoods that are just capitalizing on the latest trends.


In this article, weíll break down some home decor tips that will help you pick the homegoods that will look great year after year while also serving a useful function in your house. And, weíll help you avoid the trends that put a strain on your wallet each year.

Keep the big picture in mind


When browsing through the latest Crate & Barrel catalog, itís tempting to order items based on liking the way they look in the picture. However, itís important to remember how it would look in your own home. This is true for many items around the home, like houseplants. If you have a farmhouse-style home, decorating it with cacti or zen gardens might appear out of place and thus will be short-lived decorations.


Aside from the inside of your home, itís important to keep in mind the architectural style of your house. It would seem strange, for example, to enter a brownstone building in Brooklyn to find it filled with country style decorations. That isnít to say you need to always adhere exclusively to the architectural style of the building (some juxtapositions work well together and are a fun way to give your home some originality).

Good design sticks around


Appearance isnít everything. When it comes to things like furniture, appliances, and kitchenware youíll find that usefulness and ease of access is a key feature. Before buying one of these items, think about whether it serves a purpose, and if it serves that purpose better than your current item. Read reviews or ask friends and family about these items before purchasing them.

Stick to the classics


One of the latest trends to hit coffee shops around the country is the tall metal stool. Sometimes they have a backrest, sometimes they donít. They can be painted a neutral color or left metallic and unfinished.


While these stools may fit neatly into the modern, industrial look, they might not fit your particular needs. In some instances, itís better to stick to the tried-and-true furniture items for your home. If youíre placing the stools somewhere that people are going to sit often and for long periods of time, youíll want them to be comfortable. Donít sacrifice comfort in your own home just because something looks good.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/22/2016

Summer interior design is always a fun activity. There are so many colors to use and so many ways to use them. Often, the colors of summer are those that we donít think of using on an everyday basis. Colors that we like to use in summer are bolder and even sometimes unconventional. Thereís plenty of ways that you can make bold colors work in your home for the summer season. Hues of Blue Blue is an incredibly dynamic color. Blue works really well in rooms where many different aspects are combined. Home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms are great example of this open design ability. The reason that blue is such a versatile color is that it can either be energizing or serene depending upon how it is used. Blue works well with a variety of different colors as well. Whether youíre adding a blue accent piece to a room, or painting the walls a shade of blue, you will have a lot to work with. Remember that blue reminds us of the bright sky that shines through on long summer days. Shades of Orange Orange is a very vibrant color, however, we donít often think of using it in our homes. It seems to be a little outside of the box to add orange to a space unless itís Halloween time. However, orange is an energizing color that can make an impact in any room. Add an orange accent piece or be bold and paint your outdoor table orange. Using orange in your design can enhance the feeling of summer. Gray Is Anything But Boring While we often associate gray with a cloudy day, this color comes in a variety of shades and goes well with many different colors. Gray is soothing, yet adding one or two pops of color along with it allows the color gray to come alive. Gray is often the backdrop for a modern design scheme, yet it also goes well with many of the bright and bold summer colors that we think of. Bright Red Hues Red is a color we tend to associate with for the fall and winter months. This is actually what makes red such a great color for the summer. While the boldness of the shade of red helps to identify the season, red also makes a great transition color for both the coming fall and winter. Red has also been shown in studies to increase feelings of passion. This makes red the perfect color for the whole year. Who doesnít want to feel passionate about what theyíre doing in their home? Bright Yellow Shades Yellow is the perfect color to use as an accent color. While it would seem to be a delicate color to work with, hues of yellow work so well, matching with many different colors from grays to white to even black. Blue even works well with yellow hues in the right setting. Yellow reminds us of the sunshine that is at the center of the summer season. When it comes to using summer colors in your design scheme, you can really let your creative juices flow. The ďrulesĒ in these cases are so flexible that you can bring beauty out no matter what color of the rainbow you choose for your design.