Do any of you use your fireplace for decoration only? No fires. I am helping a daughter w/ her new home that was formerly a rental. I have cleaned the fire box out completely. I want to paint it, the inside of the firebox, w/ black fireplace paint and then get some sort of graduated thingamajig to put pillar candles on. This dear child of mine is not big on house cleaning and cleaning out a fireplace would never get done. Sometimes I wonder who raised her!!!
I see a lot of people let their fireplaces "sit by the wayside" so to speak and never use them. My grandparents actually built one in the home they built themselves and in 20 years I'd never seen it used. I think it is pretty at least to use it for decoration. My parents currently have a nice fake log that holds tea light candles down inside it in their fireplace. Pretty neat!
I have some candles staged on the hearth right outside my fireplace--didn't put them inside because I didn't feel like cleaning it out, but at least it adds a little interest. I'm planning to convert it to gas logs one of these days so that I can actually use it, but until then the candles add a little interest.
We use it for fires in the fall and winter and then put the graduated pillar holder thingie in for the summer. Hubby cleans it out real well and then in it goes. We actually light it quite often, for parties, etc. I love it. I didn't know about the mirror technique! Will definitely be trying that out.
I have put greenery around the pillars in the past, esp in the early fall, fake fall leaves, and that was pretty too. Have to be careful none of them are near the flames. It is in the fireplace but don't want to lose the nice fake fall leaves!
I use glass blocks (you know, the ones they use for making glass block bathroom walls?) for graduated height and sit hurricane candles in lots of different colors on them. I have half-blocks and several different sized ones that I've collected over the years so there are lots of heights. The array of different colored candles is pretty striking in there. The mirror is a grand idea. I'll try that.
Ok Y'all ... Now DON'T laugh but I have a wood burning fireplace and I live in Florida. Fortunately (Yes I did say fortunately) we don't have to use it very often, some winters not at all ... but, I still LOVE having a Fireplace! Years ago a friend gave us a candle holder specifically for the fireplace. Nice ambience at times! I LOVE the idea of a mirror in back behind the candles, and maybe on either side also to reflect the candle flames! I am gonna try that! Oh ... and the Glass Blocks! Another Great idea that I have to try!
Plantlady, I'm only about 50 miles from you, and we have a fireplace, too. In fact, we had one when we lived in Miami. A fireplace was one of my absolute requirements in both places. Wouldn't be without one!
BivBiv ... I can't imagine not having a fireplace either, even in Florida. It is so nice to have a fire when we have a VERY cold day! You must be South of me since I see you are in zone 9b ... so you stay even warmer than we do here in Daytona Beach! My Sister and Brother In Law in Lauderdale keep saying they want to put a fireplace in their house! I can't imagine NOT having one!
Although I have a gas fireplace in my living room I wanted something soothing for the bedroom so I made a faux fireplace and also use the candles for ambiance but know how careless I could be I purchased 3 larger candles that have a stand and run on batteries..they flicker and no chance of fire and safe for animals and it gives me the same effect...each cost me about $24.99 but I recharge the batteries and no need to replace the candles...
Places like Michaels sell pillar candles of all different heights for pretty low prices, in the off season I put about 15 into my fireplace, using bricks to get some height in the back. Sometimes I use a mix of creams, whites, maybe a few pale peach colors, even a warm red, sort of to mimic the real colors of fire. And sometimes I just stick to white or cream.
I would like to have one of the pillar candle holders for ours. We have a big brick fireplace (it takes up the whole corner wall). Normally we only get to use it a couple of times a year. However, this year seems to be different...
Many years ago when we rented a house that had a fireplace we moved in during the summer. We were so excited about having a fireplace that we lit a fire in it and turned down the A/C. Smoke came bellowing out of the chimney, naturally, and one of our neighbors called the fire dept. They were relieved to know that it was in the fire place, but we did get some strange looks from the firefighter at the door! HAHA!!