Get their look: Cosy snug

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This is a lovely, cosy snug to retreat to in the evenings. The space has a warm, soft grey palate – some subtle brighter shades brought into the scheme via artwork, textiles and books.

The curve of the bay window is mirrored by the curves of the gorgeous sofa. Imagine you and your partner, a glass of wine each, a bit of soft music and a warming fire whilst you catch up with each other at the end of a working day.

Or perhaps you’d relax here on your own, kicking back with a good book or magazine, reclining on the sofa, nodding off from time to time.

  1. Verine Atina high efficiency trimless hole in the wall gas fire
  2. Flos Aim pendant lamps
  3. Vintage amber glass bud vase
  4. Faux silk green stripe cushion
  5. Minotti Seymour sofa
  6. Joy Jut Out side table
  7. Traditional cast iron anthracite triple panel horizontal radiator
  8. Velvet Strada hand tufted rug

Get their look: Cosy snug | H is for Home

Get their Look: Modern rustic living room

Modern rustic living room

Interior decoration is all about achieving balance within a space, something that this modern rustic living room has perfected.

The backdrop of brilliant white walls with bare wood floor, ceiling and rafters act as the foundation of the room. This light coloured wood is picked up again in the handrails, skirting boards, door frame, Ercol nest of tables and log pile.

The Welsh wool tapestry cushions, playful moose throw and Bokhara rug soften the hard surfaces and provides comfort and colour.

The rustic feel is counterbalanced with touches of modernism via the sleek wood-burning stove and orange & stainless steel angled floor lamp.

  1. Westfire Uniq 15 DEFRA approved wood burning stove
  2. Anglepoise type 1228 floor lamp, orange
  3. Richmond armchair, indigo
  4. Scandinavian pure new wool throw
  5. Ercol Originals nest of tables
  6. Melin Tregwynt knot garden cushion
  7. Welsh wool tapestry cushions
  8. Bokhara rug in red

Get their Look: Modern rustic living room | H is for Home

Victorian Fireplaces Infographic

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Victorian homes often contain period features, such as ceiling roses and plaster mouldings, tiled floors, and antique fireplaces. A Victorian house has the potential to be a beautiful family home when restored to its former glory. However, if you are planning a restoration project, it is worth spending some time researching the Victorian era. That way you can source authentic design features rather than resorting to reproduction imitations.

The fireplace is an excellent place to start if you are renovating a Victorian period property. Fireplaces from the period were rather eclectic in design. They tended to incorporate both classical and naturalistic elements and unlike fireplaces from the regency era, Victorian fireplaces had generous mantels to accommodate the fashion of the time for displaying numerous ornaments.

If you would like to learn more about the history of fireplace design, check out the infographic below. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in renovating a period property.

Fireplace history infographic

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Looking for the perfect companion?

Manor companion set from DirectFireplaces | H is for Home

Even though it’s been a relatively mild winter, our wood-burning stoves have been chuffing away for months. They produce enough heat to make a room comfortable without needing to put the central heating on. And, on really chilly days, they just give things a boost. A real fire also brings a room to life – flickering and crackling away, becoming the focal point. We couldn’t be without ours!

The three versions of the Manor companion set available at DirectFireplaces

It’s essential that a real fire has some fireside tools, so we’re pleased to be able to offer one of our readers a Manor companion set from DirectFireplaces. The set comprises dust pan, brush, log roller and pair of tongs on a metal stand. It’s available in 3 different finishes – black, black/pewter and black/brass. Because of its classic styling, it would look great in either a traditional or modern room.

To enter, just tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this page who or what is your perfect fireside companion. Very best of luck!

DirectFireplaces Manor companion set

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How to choose the perfect fire for your Connecticut home

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A good fire should do much more than simply provide warmth for you and your family. It can bring a room to life with its cosy glow or flickering flames. It instantly adds a unique character to the space in which it sits. When choosing the best fire to install in your Connecticut home, it’s important to be aware of all the various options. We’ve put together a list of the different types of fires available in order to help you choose.

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Gas fires

If you’re thinking of saving money on your energy bills, gas fireplaces can be excellent choice. You can warm the room you’re sitting in without having to heat the whole house. Gas fireplaces need ventilation, but don’t require a masonry built chimney, so if your property in Connecticut doesn’t have a chimney this may be the best option to go for. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from, and gas fires tend to have the best energy efficiency ratings.

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Electric fires

One of the most convenient factors of an electric fire is that they come ready assembled and simply need plugging in and switching on. They’re very flexible in terms of positioning within the home and because the manufacturer has already selected materials and dimensions, there’s one less thing to worry about. However, if your home in Connecticut is quite large, an electric fire may not be the best option as they only tend to work well in smaller rooms, meaning that using one in a large space usually results in unsatisfactory results and energy inefficiency.

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Wood fires & stoves

Open fireplaces & wood-burning stoves are traditional and have been used for many years. As well as saving hundreds of dollars on your energy bill, they’re particularly good for adding some character and authenticity to your Connecticut home. You’ll need firewood of course. You could chop your own if you have suitable resources – or firewood can be bought from suppliers and delivered to your door for ease and convenience.

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Themes & styles

When selecting a fire for your Connecticut home, you’ll find that no matter what type you go for, there are a vast array of different styles available – materials too of course. Brick, stone, tile, marble and wood are just some of the different choices available. Select a combination that suits the feel & décor of the room. Many people want a fire that will last a lifetime or many years at least. Therefore, it’s not unusual for homeowners to select a fireplace that has a neutral theme in order to keep it in line with any interior decoration changes or adjustments that may be made in the future. Mantles are also an excellent addition that can add to the character and styling of the room.

Do you live in Connecticut? What kind of fireplace do you have, and why did you make that choice? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Mid century companion set

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stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

We bought this fabulous 1950s/60s coal bucket & matching fireside companion set last week. Although there’s a good selection of great looking sets being manufactured today, we don’t come across many stylish examples from this period.

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The only other ones that spring to mind are a couple of atomic sets that we sold many years ago. They’re usually very traditional looking affairs, often made of heavy brass, copper or wrought iron – this one is altogether more mid century modern in design.

stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

It’s made of stainless steel with teak detailing. It was filthy when we bought it, but metal polish, wood oil and elbow grease has improved it no end. It’s heading off to our antiques centre space later on this week.