Fireplace Inspiration for your Home

One of the things I regret about our house renovation is our fireplace.

Looking back, it’s so easy to say, I should have done this, that and the other. But realistically we just didn’t have the money at the time. We’ve replaced the whole of the downstairs: all re-plastered, re-wired, repainted, new flooring, new kitchen, everything.

So sometimes, you can’t decide to spend £1000 on a new fireplace. I’d love a real log burner. There’s nothing like sitting in front of a real fire: the smell, the look, the feel, everything.

The big problem with our fireplace is that the lintel sits quite low down. I would have preferred a larger space in the wall for the fire to sit in, but trying to drill through a lintel is hard work, and also slightly dangerous as you don’t want to weaken the structure.


Empty living room with no carpets or skirting board. Fireplace in the centre back wall.


You can see how the fireplace looks now on my Instagram! I’m not unhappy, but I’d love a large log burner in that space, filled with spare logs.

Fireplace Inspiration

There are so many different types of log burners and stoves you can have, and companies that do all sorts of different styles, shapes and sizes. If you’re based in Scotland, you can head somewhere like Stove Scotland, a reputable company who install wood burning stoves in Edinburgh.


You can get the traditional Farmhouse look by combining a brick wall with a built in logburner like this one:


Brick surround with log burner in the middle on a slate hearth.


Or you can get tall ones that don’t have a flue out the top:


Modern log burner that's tall and narrow with no flue.


There are so many options, depending on the size of the space you have and how much heat you want/need. A log burner is definitely something we’ll look at for the future. They’re so loved in the UK that it’ll work in your favour as a selling point when you do come to move. I’d probably want to take my fireplace with me!

They’re absolutely a sound investment for any home.

Of course, Pinterest would be my first place to look for fireplace inspiration. I found this picture from Karen at Making Spaces. Just look at those daring black walls combined with the black log burner and exposed brick behind.


log burner with dark walls


Your fireplace is the focal point of your room. The eye should be drawn into the room and you do this by dressing your fireplace suitably. Karen demonstrates this perfectly by adding a large piece of artwork as well as accessories on the hearth.


Whatever you choose to do with your fireplace, never be afraid to go bold as it’s a space that can take it.



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5 Steps To A Minimalist Living Room

Minimalist, modern living is a way to form a relaxing space, so here are the basic steps to achieve a minimalist living room.

Love them or hate them, you have to admit that minimalist, open plan spaces manage to tread the tightrope of being both impactful and relaxing all at the same time.

When we first looked around our house, we knew straightaway that we’d be knocking a wall down to create an open plan living space.

You want a space where you can combine a dining area with a lounge, or even a kitchen too if you choose to go fully open plan like me. Such spaces aren’t that hard to create. Just read the guide below to find out how to create a minimalist living room.


Step 1: Create space

The thing that you must do before all others when creating a minimalist living room is to examine the space you have to work with. You’ll have more work ahead of you if the rooms are separated off, as you will need to knock those walls down before you get going.

However, that doesn’t mean you get an easy ride if your space is already open-plan. Now is absolutely the time to clear any clutter and old items out. You need to create more space to allow new items to come in. 

Just remember to be sensible about the things that you are getting rid of, especially if they still have some use in them. You could donate this to charity, or friends and family instead of throwing them in the bin.

You don’t even need to have a car big enough to fit the larger items in because you can use a company like Shiply to pick them up and deliver them for you. This service makes it easier to be environmentally friendly with your minimalist renovation than ever before.


Step 2: Neutral pallet

Step Two is to define your neutral pallet for the space. Modern neutrals include different hues of white, greys, and even the odd splash of black to emphasise certain elements of the room here and there.

Just don’t go overboard on the latter through, as it’s likely to shrink your living space and make things seem smaller than they really are.  


Step 3: Consider utility

Step Three is all about choosing the new furniture with what you need in mind first, rather than just getting it because it looks pretty. The idea being that to achieve a truly minimal space you want the least amount of items to fulfil the job in the room as possible.


Step 4: Consider placement

Step Four is all about deciding where to place the items mentioned in Step Three for the best effect. Consider the space between pieces of furniture and the effect that this has on the room before you make your final decision.


Step 5: Decorate with a light touch

Last of all, even minimalist rooms can have a few decorative touches. This, however, must be done with a particularly light touch.

That means the occasional objet d’art, or picture on the wall. These items should be chosen to coordinate with the original colours you’re working with. The reason for this being that it will help you retain that sense of space that is such a calming and expansive part of a minimalist living room. 


So there you go. Five easy steps to obtain a minimalist and clean living space. Do you like tidy and minimalist, or cosy and lived in?