Fireplaces: 8 Warm Examples You’ll Want for Your Home

by Alice Faggi | October 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

As fall settles in, start thinking about how you want the focal point of your space (the fireplace) to look. From a stone fireplace to a modern take on an old shiplap mantel, your fireplace represents the home, your style, and your personality. Explore these fireplace surround ideas to find the perfect design for your home this year.
 
8 Fireplaces to Consider for Your Home
Here are some of our favorite fireplace surround ideas, including all kinds of materials, colors, and accents.

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Differences Between Natural and Manufactured Stone

by Alice Faggi | September 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Stacked stone has seen an incredible bloom in popularity in recent years. In the past, it was restricted to outdoor use in the form of exterior finishes and accents. Now, it can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and even bedrooms all across the nation. Adding this surface into your design plan can be a fantastic way to show texture and character while upping the value of your home.

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3 Pro Tips to Ensure Successful Stone Veneer Projects

by Alice Faggi | August 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

As more architects and designers explore mixed styles, stone veneer has become a sought-after statement material. Aesthetically, stone speaks to permanence, history, and the natural world. It's a dramatic choice in any space, inside or out. More practically, stone veneer is simple to work with and less expensive than true stone while sacrificing none of the beauty. 

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The Impact of Stone and Brick

by Alice Faggi | June 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Both stone and brick have a unique ability to create an inviting feel in any room of the home. Incorporating natural textures into your design can dramatically impact the look and feel of your home, both inside and out.

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Five Reasons to Build an Outdoor Kitchen Using Building Blocks

by Alice Faggi | June 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Whether you’re more likely to host a classic garden party or an informal barbecue, alfresco entertaining is a summertime tradition. And when an outdoor kitchen is part of your landscape design, you can participate fully in every fete because everything you need to refresh your guests is within arms reach.

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The Pros and Cons of Common Stone Building Materials

by Alice Faggi | April 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Using stone in home beautification projects can make your spaces feel warm and look beautiful, as well as imbue different areas of your home with a unique connection to nature. Natural stone is relatively durable and can be installed using stonework techniques that will give a fireplace, walkway, floor, or wall classic impact or modern flair. The biggest challenge? Choosing from the myriad stone options on the market. 

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How to Create a Fireplace That’s a Focal Point of Your Home

by Alice Faggi | April 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Everyone's dream home is different, but there are some design elements that are truly timeless. A hearth is not only functional but also beautiful and a stone fireplace is a nod to tradition that doesn't necessarily have to be traditional. From country to contemporary, elegant fireplace design invites social gatherings and special moments.

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