Posts Tagged 'indoor'

A Fireplace and a Flame without the Flue.

Today is the second coldest day of the 2010 Fall season, and I am already o-v-e-r it! I’m a lucky girl in that I have a nice big wood-burning fireplace. Already, it’s been used two nights in a row (even though it took me a good hour to get some wood logs burning last night. Shnighty!). However, nothing beats the lure of a roaring fire. But some of us urbanites might not be so lucky to have a log burning fire and a flue. If you don’t have the luxury of a crackling hearth or even an insert gas version, you can add some romance and a environmentally friendly spark to your home with a roaring fire that needs no tending to and requires minimal cleanup.

The TravelMate Mobile fireplace is a portable gas fireplace built into a suitcase-sized steel-and-glass enclosure.

The TravelMate Mobile fireplace is a portable gas fireplace built into a suitcase-sized steel-and-glass enclosure.

The Conmoto Roll Fire easily balances its stainless steel tank, mounted on its roller bearings

The Conmoto Roll Fire easily balances its stainless steel tank, mounted on its roller bearings

The benefits you ask?

  • You don’t have to split, stack, season, or haul logs.
  • There are no ashes to bag, no smoky smells, no chimney to clean.
  • You can start, adjust, and snuff out fires in an instant.
  • The fire needs no tending and won’t die out from neglect.
  • Your friends will be envious and vote you their favorite on Facebook. =)

So there you go. Check out these contemporary beauties that can work in your living room, dining room, bedroom, terrace or patio. An instant fireplace without a flue. C’mon baby light my fire.

The attractive Insight ventless fireplace can be viewed from both sides.

The attractive Insight ventless fireplace can be viewed from both sides.

The Zeta fireplace is a clever fusion of timber, leather and stainless steel that sits on a swivel base. A design winner!

The Zeta fireplace is a clever fusion of timber, leather and stainless steel that sits on a swivel base. A design winner!

Cast from glass fibre reinforced concrete and combined with stainless steel and glass, the MURO is the minimalist fireplace.

Cast from glass fibre reinforced concrete and combined with stainless steel and glass, the MURO is the minimalist fireplace.

The LoungeFire is a fireplace dressed as an elegant piece of furniture.

The LoungeFire is a fireplace dressed as an elegant piece of furniture.

The distictive and original Igloo fireplace features a toughened glass surround that conveys a ‘disappearing’ effect.

The distinctive and original Igloo fireplace features a toughened glass surround that conveys a ‘disappearing’ effect.

The Envision wall-hung fireplace is framed with black steel and fronted with a glass edge. Works in many different interiors.

The Envision wall-hung fireplace is framed with black steel and fronted with a glass edge. Works in many different interiors.

The portable and attractive rectangular-shaped Element is defined by its raised CaesarStone shelf,

The portable and attractive rectangular-shaped Element is defined by its raised CaesarStone shelf and perfect for a neutral space.

The Blomus Stand Alone Fireplace has a revolving design and a clean, simple and glamorous look.

The Blomus Stand Alone Fireplace has a revolving design and a clean, simple and glamorous look.

This small fire hotpot provides soft light and a warm atmosphere in the tiniest of abodes and tables.

This small fire hotpot provides soft light and a warm atmosphere in the tiniest of abodes and tables.

Weatherproof Rooms.

To have a porch is divine. It’s surely good for the soul. Some homeowners take their porches for granted and use it as storage or a place to stash thrash. Not me. I would love love love to create an outdoor space at my home that can be used year-round.

These large opening panel doors are divine!

These large opening panel doors are divine!

The pinks and greens are upbeat and the furnishings add decorative details to a partially open outdoor space.

The pinks and greens are upbeat and the furnishings add decorative details to a partially open outdoor space.

In our mid-Atlantic East Coast climate, my ideal outdoor room would include a large fireplace, unique outdoor rugs, accent pillows, durable and comfy upholstered lounge chairs and sofas, recessed lights, lamps, candles, wireless speakers, mirrors, potted plants, and all the friends you can muster over.

My idea of simplicity. Very cool outdoor fireplace!

My idea of simplicity. Very cool outdoor fireplace!

It's black. It's white. And it's delightful. To die for views!

It's black. It's white. And it's delightful. To die for views!

SO updated. So fresh. So clean. Sign me up.

SO updated. So fresh. So clean. Sign me up.

A clean space that truly is both indoors and out.

A clean and pretty space that truly is both indoors and out.

This sloped ceiling sends natural light to the center of the room.

Love the brightness. This sloped ceiling sends natural light to the center of the room.

When the winds pick up late in the fall, just shut outdoor blinds, pull drapery closed, or roll-down clear panels to help keep the warm air in and cool drafts out.

Love the streamlines iron rod furnishings and cream paint colors.

Love the streamlines iron rod furnishings and cream paint colors.

I can see this simple and sweet porch on one of the cute Arlington Cape Cods or Bungalows.

I can see this simple and sweet porch on one of the cute Arlington Cape Cods or Bungalows.

It’s quite a luxury to be able to have a space like this but I am a diehard for blending indoors and out, so a retreat that mixes the best of both worlds sings my praises… t0 Mother Nature.

Take me to the mountain tops! What a treat this would be!

Take me to the hilly deserts! What a treat this would be!

A little bit of eastern asian influence and I'm OMing it all day and night.

A little bit of eastern asian influence and I'm OMing it all day and night.

This is an ideal design. I'll take the dogs too please.

This is an ideal design. I'll take the dogs too please.

Images used are from various magazines and online sources.

Trina Turk & Caicos Style.

It’s fast approaching late July and although trends and fashions for fall are creeping into to our consumer channels, I’m happily still immersed in the sunny days of summer. One of my projects has included looking for outdoor fabrics for a close client of mine. When I again stumbled upon Trina Turk’s line of exotic and juicy outdoor fabrics for a collaboration with Schumacher & Co., I was reminded of the good ol’ days of Popsicle’s, pale blue bicycles, lazing in the grass and building sand castles on the beach. Or a vacation in Turks & Caicos. =0) What kind of memories do these beautiful patterns and colors bring you?

10 Easy-to-Grow Orchids.

My best friend (beside my twin sis) cares for a few pots of orchids that are, how should I say, not doing so well. Okay, more like flowerless. I’m told the delicate blooms will return with abundance. Hm. Still waiting. Here is to you BF, compliments of Better Homes and Gardens. Love ya and good luck with that. =)

10 Easy-to-Grow Orchids


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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