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Nov 14

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A Warm Fire, Cozy Blanket, and Cup of Hot Cocoa

We are blessed to have two fireplaces in the homestead.  One is gas, the other traditional wood.


The wood fireplace is in the keeping room, just off the kitchen.  One of our favorite things on a cold day or night is to get a nice warm fire going.


fireplace transformation


But…. the aesthetics of the fireplace when we moved…. meh.  Not to mention it was built on top of carpet.  Not ideal, let alone safe.







Here’s a close up of how it looked before.




In progress….




Seriously… it was built on top of carpet.  I kid you not.




Soooo…. while the work was being done, the fireplace was stored on the porch.  Although dry and under cover, it still rusted.  Ugh.




A little heat-proof paint and some wonderful tile work on the floor and wall….


fireplace transformation


See how the fireplace wall tile now matches the wall tile in the kitchen?  The camera makes it look a little different, but it’s the same color.


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The floor tile was left over from the boys’ bathroom remodel.  It’s commercial grade Italian ceramic tile.  Can you say indestructible?

fireplace vignette


We have a station for all things needed to run an efficient fire place… logs, kindling, newspapers, lighter, and cleaners.


fireplace transformation



This chair used to be in the library, but after I saw my father curled up by the fire with his Kindle sitting on a wooden kitchen chair… I knew we needed something snugglier.


fireplace transformation


My mom knitted the blanket years ago.  The pillow was on clearance at Tar-jay.


Love, hugs, and I’m not moving any time soon.




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  1. Susan@Organized31

    I wouldn’t be moving from that cozy seat either if I were you. You’ve created the perfect corner to weather the winter in. And what were those people thinking with carpet under the fireplace?!

    1. Holly

      Hi Susan – Yeah, I’m totally attached to this spot now that winter is here. Over the holidays with everyone at the house, we may have mutiny on our hands as to who gets the chair. Hugs, Holly

  2. Cynthia L

    Girl, you look so comfy! I don’t think I would be moving anytime soon either. We lived in a house with a fireplace like that and I loved it. I would start it in the morning and by afternoon most of the house was warm! When I got a good fire going, we would get hot! Love the big chair!

    1. Holly

      Hi Cynthia – Our split level isn’t the most efficient house when it comes to heating, but that little fire place… wow… it’s a life saver in the winter! Hugs, Holly

  3. ellen b

    Great transformation. You look so comfy cozy!!

    1. Holly

      Hi Ellen – Thanks so much for visiting! I love the transformation of the space. Hugs, Holly

  4. Christa

    Love how you transformed the space. It looks so much lighter and calmer now. What a great place to snuggle up to on a cold day. Great job.

  5. Kim

    Sometimes a great deal of work has a hug payoff. Your fireplace changes look so cozy (and safer). :-) Enjoy!
    His blessings,

  6. Rhonda

    It looks brand new! The tile looks nice, too! When I first saw the thumbnail picture I thought you were sitting outside. It looks like you found a beautiful home with lots of windows for light! Beautiful and cozy room! Rhonda (

    1. Holly

      Hi Rhonda – Thank you for your kind words. We took down the window treatments and blinds and opened up the windows to give the space more light. Hugs, Holly

  7. Angela

    Looks so cozy comfy! great job :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Angela – Thank you and thanks so much for visiting. Hugs, Holly

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