Back to the fireplaces...
Originally, my husband and I had discussed something like this:
It is an electric fireplace that is turned on with a light switch and doesn't require a chimney. We thought this was the best option for us because a real fireplace wouldn't be possible where we'd want to put it. We talked about setting the TV into the wall above the fireplace so it didn't stick out so much like it does now. Then, I started seeing things like this on the design blogs I read:
(two images about from design sponge)
These images feature beautiful mantles without the fire. I love this idea!
Yesterday, I was reading Emily's blog and came across this picture:
See that mantle? See what's inside instead of fire? A TV!! I could tell she wasn't super excited to have to include a TV into our living room design. TVs are like cryptonite (sp?) for interior designers. They kill their creative buzz. But this? This is a win for all! We could even get one of those cheesy yule-log DVDs and play it whenever we want to have a nice fire and the mantle can be reserved for pretty mantle-like things: art, family photos, antique mirror, candlesticks... I really wish we were getting this before Christmas...
Which type of faux fireplace do you like best?