I enjoy our wonderful oil burner that keeps us toasty all winter. But there is nothing romantic or nostalgic about a big blue Buderus in the basement. Wow, that turned out to be a tongue-twister.
I love the charm of a fireplace. The soft orange-yellow glow of the flames create dancing shadows all around the room, as I snuggle up on the couch, with a book (or Charles, if he behaves himself).
We do have a real fireplace in the living room. But fireplaces can be rather inefficient. And firewood is a lot of work, and it can be messy. You also can’t move a fireplace into another room for the winter, to suit your decorating whims. Or can you?
Well, if you do it right, you can have portable fireplaces in any room, in any season.
In the Cottage, we have one real brick and stone fireplace, and we have five faux fireplaces.
I scavenge mantles and clean them up. Some I repaint. Then I paint a black backer board to look like a firebox. Sometimes I drop in an electric “woodstove”. Yes, I have six of these, and I’ve only purchased one at a home center. The rest I’ve scrounged and had Charles repair them back to service.
The photo above is a summer setting, with a host of large crockery jugs displayed in the “firebox”. Now that winter is upon us, I have a woodstove in place of the jugs.
As you can see from the picture, the fireplace maintains its role as the focal point of the room, whether there is a fire in the hearth or not.