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What to do with a fireplace that is never used!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Fireplaces are often dark and of no interest other than when they are roaring on a winter’s evening.

I always knew our in house decorating consultant Michelle Pennington was full of bright ideas.

With not knowing how to add light and interest to this south walled fireplace that we never use, her quick thinking of cutting up a fallen limb from a silver poplar tree and filling it high with beautiful pieces of timber resonated the soul!  Your eye is instantly taken to the textures of the timber.  The children loved stacking the different pieces (bit like a leggo tower really!) and my husband loved the fact that this decorating trick was free!  So for all those disused fireplaces, be creative and think outside the square with how you too can create interest with a touch a something so simple as a branch from a tree!