Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe it has been several weeks since my last post - time has just flown by.  Our daughter was home for about a week, so Mr. Bluebird and I really enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her while she was here.  She has been gone with her job since mid-July.  I am now looking forward to her next visit at Thanksgiving and getting out to do some serious Black Friday shopping with her.  We always have a great time!  I also suffered a fall (as in, I wasn't paying attention to where I was going and fell over a concrete barrier in - of all places - my doctor's parking lot.)  Thank goodness they had an urgent care!  No serious injuries - a big goose egg above my eye, which morphed into a big black eye and a bruised lip, along with some minor aches and pains.  Good heavens!! But I'm alright (except for the persistent black eye) and ready to get back into the swing of things.....carefully, very carefully lol!

I am pretty excited about an addition I made to our front foyer.  A few years ago, I added beadboard wallpaper and molding with coat hooks to the space.  You can read about that here.  I  really enjoyed this addition, but I think it now looks even better!

I purchased this electric fireplace from QVC awhile back in a cranberry color - they called it cinnamon, but it is definitely cranberry, which is good for me.

I placed it in the entry and while cute, I just felt it needed something "more."  So.......time to put Mr. Bluebird to work!  He helped me (meaning he did all of the work) install a stove pipe and elbow on the stove and wall to give it a more authentic look.

 He made a black sheet metal box to affix to the wall and then inserted the elbow into that.

Of course, he had to do a little trimming and refining.  After he had all the parts assembled and ready to install, I gave them two coats of Rustoleum Flat Black spray paint.  All told, this "project" took about 30 minutes, not including the paint drying time....short and sweet.

I just love how it turned out!  We don't really need additional heat in this area which makes the "flame" only feature extra nice.  The unit also has a remote control where not only can you control the heat, but you can choose from several different flame levels - from raging inferno all the way to just a flicker.    Mr. Bluebird likes it because while he is sitting at his desk in the den, he can have a "fire" burning. I think it really ups the cozy factor in both the entry and the and time well spent!

What fall projects are you cooking up?

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. That is really sweet, Jane! I love how it looks and how very practical it is for a heat source. You really "dressed it up" beautifully- xo Diana

  2. WOW, looks great. I have a faux fireplace and it makes my den nice and cozy in the winter time.
    Have a great week.

  3. Cute and that extra heat will feel heavenly.
    Love those mustard checked curtains !!!!!!!!
    enjoy your day

  4. Love the way the fireplace makes the entry cozy. Clever to add the stovepipe.

  5. So cute! It really looks real! Your entry is a very warm and inviting place. Love it!

  6. What a cute little fireplace- it made the room feel cozier already!

  7. I love your foyer area! It looks so homey and cozy. That fireplace is perfect there and the perfect color too. I like how your husband added the extra stuff to it. It makes it look more authentic. Sorry about your injury. I bet you hated walking around with your black eye! I recently developed a broken blood vessel in my eye and it looked so bad! I was embarrassed to be seen in public. Luckily it went away within about a week.

  8. what a neat addition to your entry

  9. That little stove pipe makes it look more like a wood burner. Clever. xoxo,Susie

  10. Hello gorgeous! What an amazing job. Love it! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls