The fire place had never been used for a real fire, so we had the chimney swept and tested. The sweep didn't look a bit like Dick Van Dyke, he didn't dance, at all. I'll admit to a certain disappointment. He was also camera shy...
Then the day came for our fire to be fitted. It was a messy.
The house was built in the 1950's, the room itself is not large, so a contemporary plain fireplace was chosen. I know wood burning stoves are the thing right now, but for this old romantic nothing beats an open fire.
The finished result looked great, the rest of the room did not. It needed a bit of TLC.
The original Mahogany floorboards - previously covered with carpet, were repaired, sanded and lacquered, the walls were painted a colour that warms up the north facing room. The hearth rug came from a Scottish company called Anta, recommended by http://semiexpat.blogspot.com/2011/10/shopping-hunting-gathering-and-cooking.html. on my post http://lilacinmay.blogspot.com/2011/05/rugs.html. The wooden coal scuttle you can see by the fireplace was a bargain find on e-bay.
I've had fun arranging things on the mantlepiece.
It makes such a difference to the previously cold, bland room. It almost makes me look forward to the colder months. Winter weekends will never be the same, and if the boiler should break this year (heaven forbid!) I will have my lovely fire as a stand by.
Have a grate weekend.