That Empty Fireplace
Natalie Daise shares her creative ideas for outfitting a fireplace for when it's not in use.
On a cold winter's day, there's nothing better than cozying up to a warm fire. But what do you do with a cold fireplace on a warm summer's day? Design expert Natalie Daise says, "freshen it up."
- Create a serenity center using sand, rocks, shells, bamboo and candles.
- Fill a baking tray with soil and grass and accent with a basket.
- Paint patterns onto terra-cotta flower pots and plant with bright flowers. Turn some upside-down and stack others on top for a variety of heights.
- Create your own folk art for the fireplace using flat wooden cutouts of animals or people. Draw a pattern onto paper and trace onto a piece of plywood. Cut out the design with a jigsaw, then prime and paint in bright colors. For the stand, glue a dowel onto the back and drill a hole into a piece of driftwood to hold the dowel.