If you have a fireplace, you know the magic that its warm, romantic glow brings to the room. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can make one! It’s easier than you think. The secret is to create the illusion of a fireplace.
After all, what is a fireplace? It’s really just a mantel (a pretty hanging shelf) and a hearth (the floor beneath it.) You don’t need a chimney because you’re not going to burn logs. You’re going to get your warm, romantic glow the PartyLite way -- with candles.
Start by checking your local wrecking yard. They often have complete, three-sided mantels from old houses. If you can’t find an old one, all the big box lumber stores have instructions and materials for building one. If you’re not the woodworker type, you can actually order a complete, three-sided mantelpiece online.
For the easiest, most affordable solution, search online for a simple mantel shelf with crown molding. You’ll find dozens of choices, starting as low as $99 or less.
Now for the hearth. It can be raised bricks or pretty tiles. Either way, you won’t need many. Measure the space you want to fill, and check out your local tile store for leftovers – always a bargain.
Set your bricks or tiles down on the floor under your mantel shelf. You don’t even need to glue them down. If you found, made or ordered a three-sided mantel, start the hearth within the framework of the mantel and bring it forward and out to the sides on the floor. If you chose just a mantel shelf, a simple rectangle is the look you’re after.
Hang something dramatic – a favorite picture or a lovely framed mirror – over your mantel shelf. Then arrange beautiful candles in stunning holders on your mantel shelf and hearth. Remember to think about fragrance. PartyLite has lots of warm, woodsy scents that are perfect. Gorgeous! A work of art! (And you’ll never have to haul logs, clean out ashes or repair a broken chimney.)
Check out this helpful PartyLite video for more fireplace decorating ideas: