Monday, November 21, 2011

Fire! Well, almost!

     The one thing that we have missed since buying our house 8 years ago, is a fireplace. With the exception of our first little starter house, we have had always had one. Each year at this time, we find ourselves talking about adding one, but the cost to add a wood-burning fireplace would be impossible. Last year we even bought the Fireplace DVD for our television (it wasn't too bad really)! We finally decided to do something about it over the weekend and we are thrilled with the result. I try to avoid pictures of our television and entertainment center...not blog pretty, but when we bought our flatscreen television 2 years ago, we also bought an entertainment center for it.

     It is currently sitting in our dining area, waiting to go live at one of my friend's homes. Lucky for both of us, we had something to get rid of and it was something she needed. I liked our cabinet and it was perfect for what we needed it for. However, at the time we bought the new television, we couldn't budget an entertainment center that we really wanted. Please excuse the is dark, gray and raining here today.

     This is our new one! It is larger than the old one, a little longer and quite a bit taller. It also has glass on the cabinets, which I am not used to. If I behaved like most bloggers, I would only have "pretties" sitting behind those glass doors. We live in our house, so I have CDs on one side and DVDs on the other. They are not nearly as pretty as white pitchers and pieces of coral would be, but it just makes sense for us. The fireplace is very realistic looking. It puts out a nice amount of heat (or you can turn the heat off) and it has a tiny remote. I thought I'd miss the "real" fire, but actually, this is so easy and no worries about putting it out before going to bed.

     It is still an entertainment center and that big television is still a bit of an eyesore, but we certainly couldn't live without it, the TIVO or stereo at our house. It also will be perfect when we finally get to move south in a few years. I'm not sure that between the warm puppy in my lap and a warm fire, I may ever get anything done around here!

I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday.
Please stop by to say hello to her!


Barbara F. said...

I miss my wood burning fireplace in my previous home, too. Didn't worry about power outages in the winter. We had a fake one that looked quite real and fooled a lot of people in my childhood home. This looks lovely and warm and cozy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Sue. xo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like it - very much! I looked at one of those a while back, but it was to big for the space where it would have to go. My space is definitely lived in also. Dark, grey and raining here also.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very cozy and pretty Sue-enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving Week:@)

dee dee said...

I love the new "fire place"! How warm and inviting. Our last house had a gas fireplace and Caribou loved it! I'm wondering what the puppy thinks of it? Don't worry about the DVD's and CD's I'm a firm believer that houses should be lived in! (*and your's is always beautiful) It's dark and rainy here too :( my suggestion is to go and buy yourself a fun pain of wellies (rain boots)Mine always seems to brighten my wet days!
Take care.... Dee Dee

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fantastic! Beautiful home you got.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks beautiful, Sue! I agree with you that having a warm fire to sit by pretty much means nothing gets done! lol!

SO you had no sun today? We did. I guess our weather isn't always the same. I just can't get over that it gets dark out at 4:00. I went to the store and it felt like 8:00!!

Have a great week and have fun getting ready for the big day!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

We have a fake fire insert that fits in our fireplace because our fireplace is a prefab and not really meant to burn really hot fire wood. It is supposed to be for gas logs, but we don't have gas. The fake fire in ours looks so real and it does put out a ton of heat. You will enjoy that and look how pretty it is to look at.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Pondside said...

Great compromise!

Hines-Sight said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

That is very neat. We have gas logs, but have not used it much in the five years due to our little ones. Afraid they would touch the glass, and it gets HOT.

bj said...

O, I think it looks beautiful, Sue. You get the effect you are after and that is what counts.
I have a wood burning Franklin fireplace that, if I had to choose between it and Mr. Sweet...well...I sure do love my fireplace. :))
Just kidding....I have the sweetest story that will become a blog post soon, about my stove. Or...have I done it already? O, getting old and forgetful is awful, I have to go back in archives and see if it's been done. :))
Love your new fire...
ox bj

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Aunt Snow said...

I saw your title and wondered if you'd had a near-miss disaster. But this is much better!

Have a happy!