Fioralba Emma Fireplace January 14th, 2018
Many of the new prefabricated metal fireboxes don't even require a chimney. Only if the fireplace is meant to be wood burning is there a need to vent smoke up and out. If it's solely a gas-burning fireplace a direct vent (directly outside behind the fireplace) or a no-vent solution works just fine.
Mila Avdotya Fireplace October 23rd, 2017
Brick with wood. Exposed brick with surrounding millwork looks timeless and can be a great way to update an older brick fireplace. The untouched brick adds a more textural contrast to a freshly painted mantel and surround. Forgo white or off-white; paint your fireplace surround a bold color and watch your room transform from good to great.
Irmentrud Vreni Ottoman January 14th, 2018
West Elm’s pieces harmonize with a variety of styles. This round tufted ottoman is taller and skinnier than the others in this ideabook and stands above for value and versatility.
Fioralba Emma Media Storage January 14th, 2018
While it may not seem practical to place items in front of the TV to block it (after all it is meant to be seen at least some of the time) keep in mind that the TV doesn’t necessarily need to be hidden from all angles. A chair placed between you and the TV will hide it (at least partially) when people are traversing the hallways and passing by so the screen is at least hidden when you aren’t plopped down on the sofa. Note that pushing a TV into the back of a deep bookshelf will similarly minimize it from many angles making this technique doubly effective.
Adara Noya Ottoman January 14th, 2018
Ottoman coffee tables. Most well-made ottomans are solid enough to be used as coffee tables - and not just in an emergency! Many use their ottoman as a coffee table period! Your ottoman is usually lower in height than your chair or sofa and is perfect as a coffee table. Some ottomans have a shelf under the top that can be used to store magazines so apart from being upholstered they are more table-like than ottoman-like!
Mila Avdotya Fireplace December 30th, 2017
The fireplace has been the most prominent architectural element in the home for centuries. It can be designed in just about any configuration using a world of materials. From the height of the firebox opening to the shape of the hearth to incorporating mantels and lighting the most distinctive detail remains what we choose to cover it with. Take a look at some of the most popular materials that designers are using.
Mariette Josephe Ottoman December 29th, 2017
The ottoman as a footrest. Many people love to stretch their legs out when sitting. Whether they are reading a book watching TV or simply resting or napping people like to elevate their feet and legs. The biological effect is to reduce the stress on the heart in pumping blood up through the non-return valves in the veins of their legs by keeping your legs raised your heart has less work to do and you consequently use less energy so can relax easier. The padded top of an ottoman permit you to do this comfortably and many use this type of furniture with their recliner rather than use the footrest that comes with the furniture.
Irmentrud Vreni Fireplace December 27th, 2017
Slab material. A fully segmented wall pattern in wood creates this transitional center fireplace. A single piece of stone with a hole cut out for the firebox serves as the surround. Smooth lines deliver casual elegance in this family room. Select slabs from a stone yard’s remnants (material left over from other projects) to complete your project at a much lower cost.
Fioralba Emma Ottoman December 25th, 2017
Ottomans are often one of the most overlooked pieces of furniture in the home. We spend a great deal of time finding larger items like couches and beds but choosing an appropriate ottoman is often an afterthought. Whether you choose to make a large or small investment your space will feel more like home with one of these simple additions.