A New Dawn for the Fireplace

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photo source: freedigitalphotos.com

photo source: freedigitalphotos.com

Fireplaces have been around for hundreds of years, and for many of those years a fireplace was the only way to stay alive during the winter cold. Now, however, they are more decorative than practical. However, gathering around one near Christmas time is pure magic. I’m writing this article, though, to talk to you about a fairly recent advancement in the fireplace industry: bioethanol fireplaces. Let me introduce you to the future. You can click here for a company that sells them to get a taste of what they look like and the various styles available to you. 

Bioethanol 

First off, you want to know what bioethanol is. Bioethanol is a 100% eco-friendly renewable fuel. When you ferment the starch and sugar by-products of plants you get bioethanol which can then be used as a fuel. You see, by burning bioethanol, you create carbon dioxide which the plants then live off and then there’s more plants to be used to create bioethanol.

The Pros and Pros 

Up and till now you would have probably been using a log or gas fireplace, well they have been consigned to the history books as a bioethanol fireplace improves on them in almost every way. 

  • Smoky – Not here! A bioethanol fire produces no smoke and so there is zero need for a chimney. That’s a space saver. 
  • Clean as a Whistle – And because they don’t give off smoke or any other nasty by-products they are perfectly environmentally clean.  No unpleasant residue. 
  • Keeps the Bills Down – As it’s not powered by gas or electric there is no increase in your bills. Anyone who’s owned a gas fireplace will know what I’m talking about. 
  • Safe and Adjustable – Bioethanol fires are perfectly safe, if used carefully and they are all adjustable. This means you can make the flame as big or small as you want. 

Closing Points

Just to clarify a couple of other points about these fires. One, they don’t produce an artificial flame. The flame that is produced by the bioethanol is every bit as real as its log or gas counterpart and so produces the same level of heat as you’d expect. The other thing to mention is that unlike another fireplace there is almost zero installation needed. They’re mainly free standing and come already assembled. If, however, you go for a wall mounted one, you can expect to have it standing proudly on your wall in forty minutes or so.

There you go; what do you think? They sound pretty good, don’t they? They might well replace gas fires within the next few decades as they are so much cheaper to run, and plus they are safer – no carbon monoxide poisoning risk. Yes, perhaps they don’t have the antiquity or nostalgia of a by-gone era that a log fire might conjure up, but then again, these aren’t going to destroy the environment like a smoke spewing Victorian fireplace, are they?

What do you think? Share your comments in the Comment section below!

Best of Houzz 2015 Nominations!

Best of Houzz 2015 is coming & we need your help!

Every year, Houzz.com recognizes professionals for excellence in a variety of categories, including customer satisfaction, design, among other categories. This has been our first year participating in the Houzz community, and it was lovely that the site featured us. We would love to get involved further by nabbing one of these nifty awards. 

In order to be considered for the Best of Houzz awards, a company must receive recommendations from other Houzz users. You can do this simply by giving us a positive review on Houzz.

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Remodeling and Home Design


Quick & Easy Fixes to Prep Your Yard for Sale

Original listing price: $729,000
Sold price: $760,000
SOLD OVERASKING: $31,000
Days on Market: 16

We get asked a lot about what to do when the yard needs a little bit of TLC before open house but the budget is tight. Here is an example of our recommendations to get this home ready for market:

Yard Before & After Staging // Staged4more Home Staging

1. In this particular case, there was no budget to get new turf, so we recommended using bark as an affordable and quick (2 of our favorite words in the home staging business!) fixes that can still give off a good first impression.

2. There were some overgrown branches from the neighbor's tree, so we suggested to a nice trim to make the yard look more manicured.

3. There were some extra debris left on the ground, so we recommended the home sellers to remove them to storage before the open house.

4. The sellers had a buddha statue in their yard. Because you never know what religious backgrounds the potential buyers may have, we recommended the sellers to remove the statue before open house.

5. We recommended a nice power wash for the paved area, as well as the fence. It made a huge difference! Now you can see the original colors of the stone.

6. & 7. The sellers used the remainder of their budget and invested in fresh flowers to add colors in the yard. It is summer after all! They also used leftover stones they had and made a flower pattern in the yard to add visual interest. 

What do you think of our recommendations? Do you have any tips to add? Add them in the Comment section below.

Friday Mood : Pastel

Lately I came across Norwegian stylist Line Kay's work and I fell in love with her sense of style and her colors. I am a big fan of textures and I love how she layers colors and textures and create something that's incredibly sophisticated, visual and vivid.

Friday Mood : Pastel

Top to bottom, left to right: (all via vintagepiken)

1. Fading flowers & Chanel. A sophisticated play on classic Chanel.

2. Hvit august. Love the different textures and luxurious feeling.

3. Om å samle en sommer. Yay summer.

4. Golden cravings. I love how several textures are in play here: smoothness of the spoon handles, roughness of the salt, the innards of lemons and the textured tile.

5. purple fall - rosy cheeks. loving all the different shades of plum on different textures perfectly grouped together in one shot.

6. a scoop of roses. You can never have too many roses, especially if they come with sugar cones.

ps. Did you know we are hosting a wine country retreat for advanced stagers to mastermind their businesses this November? Check it out here.