Monday, October 3, 2011

A Bare Fireplace

It is officially cold here. Well maybe not that cold, but it feels freezing to me. And I know it's only going to get worse. You'd think that spending my first 20 years up north would have prepared me for this, but those 5 years down south really thinned my blood. Or something like that.

We have a beautiful fireplace in our living room and although I didn't want the cold to arrive, I couldn't wait to use it. When we tried to fire it up yesterday, of course it didn't work. If there is one thing I've learned in this home ownership adventure, it's that nothing is as it seems. The gas insert was installed in 1993 (yes, they saved EVERY manual and date stamped each one) and obviously it needed to be replaced a lonnnnng time ago. Probably something we should have figured out before signing those papers.

Oh well, you know I was able to find a deal!

Yesterday we headed out to Lowes (Home Depot was ruined in the flood) and picked out a new one for $175, marked down by a manager because the box was a tad dented. Score!

AJ hooked it up when we got home and it works great!

My only problem now is that my mantle is bare. I had to move the picture frames that were previously up there because they were blocking the vent.

Doesn't it look so sad now? I need some fall inspiration! Suggestions??

(Also, the left wall is off white and the right wall is a gray-eige color....silly iPhone)


  1. I could totally see a wreath up there!

  2. I could see some cute pumpkins, leaf garland and a pretty fall festive wreath!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to write on this topic.