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Comfort foods Good; Comfort Furniture even Better!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

As we get further into autumn and closer to winter, a natural instinct is to reach for those comfort foods, like beefy stews and hearty soups that we know will keep the chills away. Another common reaction is to hibernate or at the very least, make our living spaces cozier and as comfortable as possible. In preparation for what winter will bring consider ramping up your living room’s comfort quotient for the perfect remedy to a cold and snowy day.


While an ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture because they can be used in a number of different ways, for anything from a coffee table to extra seating, it still is the easiest way to make a chair the ultra place to veg out. The great thing about ottomans is that they can just as conveniently be parked in front of the sofa. An ottoman is also a handy place to drape a comforter or afghan.


A recliner is a type of living room chair that is specifically built for comfort…and just plain lounging around. While the living room is the most obvious place, recliners are great additions to other room in your home such as the family room, den or media room. Because recliners are designed for relaxation, they can increase your feeling of well-being.


Nothing says “cozy comfort” better than an electric fireplace. Adding an electric fireplace doesn’t take much effort, but the payoff is huge on the comfort scale. There’s just something about a fireplace that lends a living room an instantly warm and welcoming ambiance.

Fire Walls

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Gel Fuel Sconce

Available floor space is often more precious than gold now that living spaces have become smaller and more compact. With winter not very far, our thoughts turn to nesting, being comfortable and keeping warm. Fireplaces have an exceptional psychological appeal, conjuring up visions of snuggling up with that someone special or sharing mugs of hot chocolate around a roaring fire with friends. How do you get the benefits of a wood burning fireplace if you live in an apartment, condo or loft? Electric or gel fuel fireplaces can provide any room with the glowing ambiance and homey style of a traditional fireplace. But what if you don’t even have room for one of those?

Silver Electric Fireplace

The answer is easy. Attach it to the wall instead. Decorating with wall mounted fireplaces has become a growing interior design trend. Mounted at eye level, an electric fireplace or a gel fuel fireplace creates a focal point in the room much like a flat screen TV or a large framed picture. And some of the wall mount fireplaces available today are so innovative that they are undeniably space-saving works of art.

Electric Fireplace

There are many great things about wall-mounted fireplaces: they are convenient, generally lightweight, eco-friendly and don’t have to be maintained like a wood burning fireplace. When choosing a wall mount fireplace, decide whether or not you would like it to provide heat. An electric wall mounted fireplace is an excellent secondary heat source, whereas, while a wall mount gel fuel fireplace does generate a small amount of heat, its purpose is mainly decorative. Instead of electricity, a gel fireplace burns a grain-alcohol fuel in gel form that comes in cans; one can typically provides up to three hours of flames. The can be resealed and used until it’s emptied. Smokeless and safe, a gel fuel wall mount fireplace is ecologically safe. Both gel fuel and electric fireplaces are ideal space-savers and do add that special welcoming touch to any room they are in.

Peweter Fireplace

Regardless of space issues in a condominium or an apartment, there are certainly corners. Use one to its best advantage by adding a corner wall mount fireplace to create a cozy place to curl up with a good book or just sit and stare at the flames.

Electric Fireplace with Rectangular Trim

all mounted fireplaces are a great way to create the ambiance of a real fire without having to keep a supply of logs on hand or remembering to clean the chimney. And the best thing about them is that they are portable. You can move them from one room to another or you can take them with you if and when you have to move.

Electric Fireplaces

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Electric Fireplaces—Providing the Ambience of a Fire without the Expense

One of the most sought after features in a home is a fireplace.  They add instant warmth and ambience to any style room.  However, it can be difficult to find homes with a fireplace if you live in a high rise apartment or a small tract home, for example.  But do not worry.  With today’s free standing models it is now possible to add an electric fireplace to any room in your home without the hassle and expense of major construction.

But how do electric fireplaces work?  To install you simply plug it into any standard 120v outlet in your home.  You can choose to use the electric fireplace inserts that are available or burn gel fuel if it is a gel fireplace. 

An electric fireplace heating unit can be turned on or off allowing you to monitor the amount of electricity used, thereby controlling your electrical expense.  These fireplaces require no venting and meet all current indoor air quality requirements.

Wall Mount Electric FireplaceElectric fireplaces are available in many styles from the modern wall mount electric fireplace units to the very ornate Classic Flame Electric Fireplaces.

Classic Flame Electric Fireplace

Dimplex Electric FireplacesMost master bedrooms do not have the luxury of a fireplace even though this is the perfect spot for one.  If you have a traditionally decorated master bedroom you may want to consider installing the Holbrook unit in Walnut by Dimplex Fireplaces.  Placed where you can see the fire from the bed or in a sitting area of the bedroom is the ultimate in romance!

White Electric FireplaceMany older homes from the Craftsman period have lovely wood trim and moldings throughout the house.  A fireplace such as the Caprice white electric fireplace free standing unit offered by Dimplex will fit in perfectly with all the wood trim in your home.

Oak Electric FireplaceThe Devon Oak Electric Fireplace free standing unit with the built in bookshelves is perfect for a home office or den.  The combination of books and a fire invite you to sit down with a cup of coffee or a loved one and enjoy the ambience.  This unit would also work in a bedroom.   Who doesn’t like to curl up in front of a fire with a good book?

Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who own a vacation home near the lake or at a ski resort.  Adding a fireplace that resembles a wood burning stove would create the perfect focal point in your home. 

Electric Fireplace StoveFiresense offers several styles from the classic Stowe electric fireplace stove design with a matte black finish

Electric Fireplace Stovesto the Blue Ridge Electric Fireplace Stoves in a shiny black finish. 

Fireplace Stove ElectricThere is even a contemporary design found in the Metropolitan Fireplace Stove

Gel Fuel FireplaceSmaller homes often have few walls that are not interrupted by a window or door.  This makes it difficult to find a spot for a fireplace.  Corner units are the perfect solution.  They are available in many styles and finishes such as the Edinburgh gel fuel fireplace by Classic Flame.  The subtle moldings and carvings would complement any interior. 

Corner Gel Fuel FireplaceThe impressive Classic Flame Phoenix Corner Electric Fireplace will certainly add style and warmth to any room. 

Ventless Gel Fuel FireplaceAnd if space is truly an issue, the Glendale Corner Ventless Gel Fuel Fireplace and TV Stand does double duty as a fireplace and television stand.

Contemporary or modern interiors are not left out.  You can still enjoy the beauty of a fire through a wall hung unit that takes up no floor space and can be placed in any room.  Consider placing one in your dining room or master bath for that extra touch.  There are several to choose from by visiting

Next time the weatherman tells you a storm is coming, order your fireplace, plug it in when it arrives and you are ready to settle in for the winter or even a romantic evening.

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