September 7, 2010
As the weather begins to cool down and the season changes from summer to fall, I am really glad we decided to add a fireplace to our first floor living space. It hasn’t gotten cold enough yet to light it up (and I’m grateful – I’m not ready to give up summer yet!) but when the temp drops enough, we’ll be ready!
I posted a couple of pics during the early stage of install: Fireplace and Fireplace (part deux).
The FINAL touches were put in place about a week ago. Our mantle has been installed! I love the way it turned out. We were lucky – our contractor found a remnant piece of Caesarstore in Raven, which was one of our preferred favorites when we were scouting our options. So we were able to save money and still get a great look. Yay!
Caesarstone mantle in Raven
AND – my shelves were installed up top to create finished bookshelf cubbies! I’m so happy! With the mantle in place, I have lovingly dusted out all of my bookshelf cubbies and filled them up with a bunch of my favorite books for a bonus splash of color and interest. I LOVE the way they turned out. I totally recommend to anyone installing a fireplace in their home to think about adding some storage shelving into what would otherwise be wasted space.
Pretty + organized functionality = very happy me.
July 27, 2010
Last week, Ayesh was in LA for work and it was an uber busy week for me at home. I furiously worked to put the bathrooms in order (finally!), catch up on laundry and chase rapidly multiplying dog-fur dust bunnies around with the Swiffer.
Oh yes, and witness the fireplace come to life with the final placement of drywall, tape, mud and primer.
As Stacy London would say of any fabulous transformation, “bonjour!”
July 16, 2010
One of my favorite features of the new house is the fireplace we’re having built in the front part of the livingroom. Because the main staircase borrows some living space at the front of the house, it makes this already cozy entry a perfect den, suitable for big arm chairs to curl up in, in front of the windows, on any evening. Plus, both of us have always wanted to have a working fireplace in our home. This one is gas – very urban living friendly.
We got it installed roughly right before our move and our crew has been framing it in and drywalling around it on a couple of occasions since. They were at the house working on it today, in fact. Here are some photos from last week. I’ll have to post the updates later as I am now heading directly from work to the Container Store to finish designing my Elfa closet system that I want for the bedroom. More on this another time 🙂