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In thought, curling up next to a roaring open fire is the idyllic setting for cool autumnal evenings. But, as I have learned from experience, sometimes it can all seem a bit much like hard work. The last thing I want when I'm feeling a chill is to be on my hands and knees sweeping up last night's ashes and having the inevitable debate as to whose turn it is to refill the coal shuttle!
So, with central heating merely a switch away, I'm warming to the idea of making better (hassle free) use of my fireplace. Here are a few of my favourite finds...
The same romantic effect with none of the fuss! Filling your hearth with candles is a quick and easy way to maintain that cosy glow. Choose a variety of shapes and sizes to give different levels and create a stunning focal point.
Why not make use of the extra space and tranform your fireplace into pretty storage shelves. You could have great fun making this a real feature in the room. Try backing the shelves with interesting paper.
Bring your empty hearth to life with a beautiful arrangement of flowers. You could place a vase inside with a beautiful bouquet of seasonal blooms, or why not use the firebasket itself packed with artificial flowers. Either way, the greenery will bring a fresh look to any neglected fireplace.
For a quirky centrepiece to your room why not transform your fireplace into a unique bookshelf! Whether adding shelves as before, or simply stacking the books as we see here, this is bound to create a real talking point in your living room! Depending on the look of your books you could create a very colourful display or a rustic feel with more traditional looking, leather spines.
Ok so you may not be burning them in the open fire, but what's to stop you creating that country feel with a display of logs! Stack logs of different cuts and widths to create an interesting feature. You could even line the mantle piece and hearth with tealights and small candles (but not too close!) for a wamring glow.
Do you have an unusual fireplace? We'd love to hear about it!