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."

cos507_5_fireplace3

cos507_5_fireplace3

cos507_5_fireplace2

cos507_5_fireplace2

cos507_5_fireplace1

cos507_5_fireplace1

  • 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.

Next Up

Fireplaces Need Eternal Care

Home's seller did not disclose defect, but an inspection could solve problem.

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

Tend to your chimney with care with these expert tips.

15 Mantels That Do It Right

These mantels make year-round decorating look easy.

No Fire? No Problem! 4 Ways to Style Your Unused Fireplace

Make your fireplace the focal point it was intended to be.

Cracked Flue Liner in Chimney not Uncommon

Over time, cracks can develop in clay liners, so here's a tip: Get a metal one.

The Art of Arranging: Design That Doesn't Cost a Thing

Feeling uninspired by your space? Designer Ryan Brown reveals how to rearrange and refresh your home using what you already own. 

Play It Safe With Your Fireplace

Before you light the first fire of the season, make sure you know how to do it safely.

Candice's Design Tips: The Final Challenge

Antonio and Dan go head-to-head in the biggest Design Star challenge yet: making over a deserving family's entire home. See what Candice says they did right, did wrong and how she could have done it better.

Tablescaping: Not Just For Tables Anymore

Follow these 10 tips for arranging accessories artfully on any surface.

Designer Q&A: 6 Ways to Jazz Up Your Home

Designer Andrew Flesher, the master of mixing it up, gives us a lesson in decorating with impact.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.