We live in southeast Texas, between Houston and Galveston. There are very few cold days. If it is cold, it is way too much trouble to build a fire in the fireplace. We have lived in this house nearly 3 years and I have no ideas if the fireplace works. I’m not really sure I want to find out.
But I really do like to look of a fireplace and the mantle that I can decorate. When we first moved into this house after hurricane Ike, the whole fireplace was dull . The mantle was tiny.
The first thing that I did was add the little shelves on the sides. I had used them at our house in Bridge City. Megan and I made them from our neighbor’s red fence that blew done in hurricane Rita.
Then I made the new mantle. At one time that was a headboard. The curved boards were on a small bridge in my parent’s Japanese garden. The supports, which do not support anything, were from head board that my sister PUT IN THE TRASH!!!!!
I have moved things around a lot on and around the fireplace.
At Christmas we moved the TV to the bench so that we would have room for the tree. Then for Gary’s memorial, we moved the TV to the hearth because we needed all the seating we could find. Remember, we had 35 people for dinner.
I have decide that I really like the TV in front of the firebox. It covers that dirty black whole that is never used and it make the TV less visible. This is how I have it now.
You will notice that we can look at our beautiful grandson while we watch TV. The picture on the mantle, the one to the right of the TV and the video frame that scrolls through pictures continuously.