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Seasonal Depression Causing the Blues? Redecorate Your Home

The lack of sunlight and shorter days can directly influence your mood. So, how are you supposed to deal with it until the days get longer again? Redecorating is a good place to start.

Decorating Tips for a Bed & Breakfast

Decorating with Orange - You Can Do It!

If suddenly you have a yearning to introduce orange to your home, these tips will help.

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  • Seasonal Depression Causing the Blues? Redecorate Your Home

    Do you just not feel like yourself in the winter months? Maybe you are suffering from seasonal affective disorder, more commonly known as winter depression. Scientists are still puzzled by this condition that affects a surprisingly high number of people. The lack of sunlight and shorter days can directly influence your mood. So, how are you supposed to deal with it until the days get longer again? Redecorating is a good place to start.

     

    Why Redecorate?

     

    There are many ways to deal with depression, such as walking, taking an art class, or enjoying a new hobby. However, changing your surroundings is equally as beneficial. First, redecorating will give you a project to work on. The busier you stay the less you will go crazy from being cooped up indoors. Second, having a fresh environment is exciting and uplifting. If you have been looking at the same surroundings for years, this could be contributing to your state of mind.

     seasonal depression

    Change Your Color Scheme

     change your color scheme

    Many people associate winter with darker colors. Unfortunately, as attractive as a darker palette can be, this will do nothing to help a depressive state. Now is the time to paint that lime green or bright orange accent wall. Not ready to go quite that bold? Consider just lightening the palette a little. Maybe just add one brightly colored furniture or décor piece.

     

    Move Around Furniture

     create a whole new layout with what you have

    Redecorating does not have to mean splurging on all new furniture. Create a whole new layout with what you have. Try pulling the sofa to the middle of the room for a while. You can also find furniture covers that are quite affordable. So, you can turn that beige sofa into a hot pink one, and then remove the cover later when you don't need something quite so cheery.

     

    Add a Modern Bio Fuel Fireplace

     a modern bio fuel fireplace will create a cozy and relaxing environment

    Your space heater in your living room is a constant, noisy, and unattractive reminder that it is cold outside. A modern bio fuel fireplace will create a cozy, relaxing environment. Not to mention, these smokeless and ventless fireplaces sure are nice to have when the power goes out. At least you have some sort of warmth to curl up next to.

     

    Consider a Fountain

     a water fountain help create a calming environment, so your mind can be soothed

    A water fountain is the perfect complement to a modern bio fuel fireplace. It will help create a calming environment, so your mind can be soothed. Plus, the water evaporation will combat that dry, uncomfortable air you are dealing with every time the furnace kicks on.

  • Decorating Tips for a Bed & Breakfast

    Whether you live by a popular ski resort and want to start renting out your guestroom to travelers or if you are opening a large scale bed and breakfast, the décor needs to be chosen thoughtfully. A person's environment influences their mood. You definitely do not want the guestrooms so "loud" with patterns, art, and colors that they affect sleep quality, but you don't want your visitors to feel like they are just in some average hotel either. Below are a few decorating tips that should come in handy.

     bed and breakfast

    Decide on a Color Scheme

     if you expect to cater to older travelers stick with neutrals or soft muted colors

    When choosing your color scheme, you should take your potential guests into consideration. If you expect to cater to older travelers stick with neutrals or soft muted colors. If you are positive your guests will be young and hip, then maybe you can incorporate that lime green wall into your scheme. If the rooms are on the small side, stay away from darker colors that will dwarf the space. Of course, you can have some darker décor pieces, but you definitely don't want to paint the walls dark gray or have an oversized black sofa in the room.

     if you are positive your guests will be young and hip, then maybe you can incorporate that lime green wall into your scheme

    Choose Furniture Thoughtfully

     choose furniture thoughtfully

    It can be tempting to go with a smaller bed to make the room appear larger. However, your guests won't appreciate it when they can't get a good night's rest. The mattress should not be overly firm or soft. Opt for something in the middle and leave your personal preference out of the decision.

     chair is easy to squeeze into a corner of even a small room

    If you are adding a dresser, choose a material that won't easily ruin when a guest leaves their sweating water bottle on top. You need quality pillows and everyone will likely appreciate a full length mirror. If you have room for extra furniture, by all means feel free to add it, but not at the risk of cramping the space. A chair is easy to squeeze into a corner of even a small room. However, don't add a sofa, chaise, or anything similar unless you really have the space.

     

    Smokeless Fireplace

     having a smokeless fireplace in each room could be the distinguishing factor you need to be more appealing than other bed and breakfast venues in the area

    Having a smokeless fireplace in each room could be the distinguishing factor you need to be more appealing than other bed and breakfast venues in the area. A wall-mounted one is ideal, so there is no risk of it getting knocked over. A smokeless fireplace will burn bio ethanol fuel, which is perfectly safe to use in nearly any environment. You can fill the burner at turndown and light it for them when they retreat to their room for the evening.

     

    Interesting Yet Simple Décor

     you want the décor to be interesting enough to not look like just an average guestroom, but you don't want to add so many elements that it appears cluttered

    Decorating your bed and breakfast will be the most exciting part of the whole process. However, it can be really easy to overdo it. You want the décor to be interesting enough to not look like just an average guestroom, but you don't want to add so many elements that it appears cluttered. Choose wall-mounted pieces and maybe one décor item to rest on the dresser or nightstand. Small pieces are too tempting to steal. You also want to avoid holiday themed directions; unless you are sure your guests celebrate the same holidays as you.

  • Decorating with Orange - You Can Do It!

    Various shades of orange have literally exploded in popularity in the world of interior design. There is a good chance that you recently opened a magazine or watched a decorating show on TV where this bold color was the primary focus. If suddenly you have a yearning to introduce orange to your home, these tips will help.

     

    Choose Your Shades

    Sherwin Williams Orange

    First, you don't have to stick with one shade of orange. You certainly can opt for only one, but using a few shades can create an interesting display, as well. If you have a black or white room, choose bolder shades. If you are adding orange to a room with a neutral palette, consider deep or light shades, or a combination of both. If you are not sure which shades are considered hip, check out popular favorites by Sherwin Williams, such as Knockout Orange, Invigorate, Mandarin, Sunset, Outgoing Orange, and Daredevil.

     

    Paint One Wall or All?

    Paint One Wall or All?

    Now that you picked your color you need to decide what you are painting. Do you prefer to do one accent wall or make a statement painting them all? If you are not adding any large orange furniture or décor pieces to the room you can easily paint all the walls. If you plan on showcasing this color in the décor, then stick with one wall.

     

    Add a Ventless Fireplace

    orange is a modern, creative, inspiring color that happens to be complimented exceptionally well by a ventless fireplace, especially when it is lit

    Orange is a modern, creative, inspiring color that happens to be complimented exceptionally well by a ventless fireplace, especially when it is lit. Just imagine a gorgeous silver and black ventless fireplace mounted on an orange accent wall. Your room will look like it belongs in a magazine.

     

    Decorate with Orange Furniture

    having an orange chair in an opposing corner or an orange shelving unit on the adjoining wall will create a nice balance

    Orange can quickly consume a space, if overused. If you paint an accent wall, you don't want to rest an orange sofa directly in front of it. Having an orange chair in an opposing corner or an orange shelving unit on the adjoining wall will create a nice balance.

     if you decide to not paint any of the walls then you can easily make a large piece of furniture in this color your main focal point

    If you decide to not paint any of the walls then you can easily make a large piece of furniture in this color your main focal point.

     

    Start Small

    start small by simply introducing the color in small décor pieces  a  pillow, rug, or throw blanket is a good place to start

    Do you love the idea of an orange room, but are not quite sure you are ready for such a dramatic change? Start small by simply introducing the color in small décor pieces. A pillow, rug, or throw blanket is a good place to start. Chances are good you will receive so many complements you will be inspired to go just a little bolder.

  • Be Ready to Entertain When it's Unexpected

    In a perfect world, you will always know when guests are going to stop by at least 48 hours in advance. This gives you the chance to get to the grocery store, prepare snacks and dessert ahead of time, clean, decorate, and maybe even grab a bottle of wine and fresh flowers for the table. As you know, this perfect land does not exist, at least not in your world anyway.

    If you are like most, the doorbell rings at the most inconvenient time. The house is a mess, you haven't been to the store in a week, and you certainly don't have dessert prepared. You do have wine, but you were drinking out of the bottle while soaking in the tub earlier, so it's probably not the best option to share. These tips will help you be prepared for guests at any time.

     Set the alarm on your phone or the timer on the stove and power clean for 15 minutes. You may be surprised at how much you get accomplished when you are racing against the clock.

    Power Clean 15 Minutes Daily

    Don't wait and do all your cleaning on one day. Not only do things get out of control, at this point it takes you half the day to do. Set the alarm on your phone or the timer on the stove and power clean for 15 minutes. You may be surprised at how much you get accomplished when you are racing against the clock.

     have a go-to outfit only for emergencies, these can be casual lounge clothes you can slip into fast but they will always be clean and free of holes

    Go-to Outfit

    Do folks always come by when you have the most distressed old sweats on or days when you haven't done laundry in a week? Have a go-to outfit only for emergencies. This can be casual lounge clothes you can slip into fast, but they will always be clean and free of holes.

     try to resist drinking the bottle of wine you buy for unexpected guests so if guests come over,  you use them

    Bottle of Wine

    It may be tempting, but try to resist drinking the bottle of wine you buy for unexpected guests. Get one or two bottles and put them away. If guests come over and you use them, make sure you restock.

     a tabletop fireplace makes an instant centerpiece, no fresh flowers needed

    Bio Ethanol Fuel

    Are you scratching your head trying to figure out why you need to stock up on bio ethanol fuel? Well, hopefully you already have a bio fuel fireplace. If not, it is time to get one. As long as you have bio ethanol fuel on hand you can create ambiance. You will never have to dig for candles. Plus, if you have a tabletop fireplace then you instantly have a centerpiece. No fresh flowers needed.

    designate a shelf in the pantry to hold your emergency entertaining stash

    Pantry Items

    Designate a shelf in the pantry to hold your emergency entertaining stash. Chocolate covered graham crackers can be quickly put on a nice tray. If you have a can of whipped cream and some sort of berries you can quickly dress them up. Have an assortment of nuts, pretzels, and other easy snacks handy. Make sure you have coffee, tea, sweetener, non-dairy creamer, and bottles of water, too. A box of crackers and a jar of raspberry preserves can also be turned into a snack. If you rob your stash at any time, just make sure to replace what you use.

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  • Easy Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

    Many people do not realize what an important role air quality plays on their health. You are exposed to countless toxins every time you walk out the door. Your home should be a safe place where your lungs can be filled with air that is as clean as possible. When air is clean it also means there are no offensive odors present. Rather than spray products that smell good but fill your space with chemicals, take steps to improve the air quality instead. Everything else will fall into place.

     microfiber mops are great for capturing dirt and dust without the need for harsh cleaning solutions

    Clean

    Just because everything in the house is in its proper place does not mean that it is clean. Vacuuming and washing the floors is crucial. Allergens and chemicals can accumulate in dust. A vacuum with a HEPA filter is recommended. When you vacuum, make sure you do the walls, upholstered furniture, and carpet edges where dust builds up. Mopping will get everything the vacuum left behind. Microfiber mops are great for capturing dirt and dust without the need for harsh cleaning solutions.

     check your paint if your home was built prior to 1978 , there is a very good chance that lead paint still exists on your walls

    Check Your Paint

    If your home was built prior to 1978 there is a very good chance that lead paint still exists on your walls. Lead can also be present in pesticides, so get in the habit of taking your shoes off at the door if you have been anywhere pesticides or other toxins could have been walked through.

     keep allergens under control if you keep the humidity between 30 and 50 percent

    Monitor Humidity Level

    Mold and dust mites love moisture. You can help keep allergens under control if you keep the humidity between 30 and 50 percent. An air conditioner will help reduce humidity in the summer. Vent the clothes dryer outside, fix leaky pipes, empty drop pans in the dehumidifier, and do not overwater plants.

     a bio ethanol fireplace will provide you with an odor-free fire and it will not be full of dangerous toxins

    Smoke-free Zone 

    Some people are very strict about not allowing smoking in their home. Everyone knows the smoke from cigarettes is full of harmful toxins. Not to mention they make the house smell awful. What is confusing is that many of these same people still have a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Does this sound like you? If it does then you have to know that the smoke from your fireplace is just as dangerous, and it smells just as bad. Enjoy an odor-free fire instead. A bio ethanol fireplace will provide you with an odor-free fire, and it will not be full of dangerous toxins. If you already have a fireplace, you can convert it with an insert.

  • Essentials for a Contemporary Patio

    Even if you have a modern environment indoors you may still need some decorating ideas for your outdoor living space. However, you certainly do not need a modern home to showcase this theme outside. You can have a country cottage kitchen and a safari-themed living room and still decorate your patio with contemporary furniture and décor. Below are a few ideas to get your started with the shopping process.

     a covered patio with a modern ventless fireplace

    • Outdoor Fireplaces - Shopping for outdoor fireplaces must be at the top of your priority list. You absolutely cannot create a modern environment without at least one. These artistic pieces are beautiful to look at when there is no fire, but add a flame and magic is created. Bio ethanol burns clean, so you do not have to worry about polluting the environment and you do not have to maintain a dirty wood pile.

    the furniture is the heart and soul of your patio, so pick pieces you can see you and your guests lounging on

    • Conversation Set - You do not need to buy a traditional round or square table with chairs. Conversation sets are much more modern. There are even sectionals with chaise lounges on either end. The furniture is the heart and soul of your patio, so pick pieces you can see you and your guests lounging on.

    there is something very mysterious and intriguing about these urn fountains

    • Urn Fountain - Although any water fountain will certainly provide benefits and bring beauty to the space, there is just something very mysterious and intriguing about those in the shape of an urn. You may find this unusual, but urn-shaped art has become very popular. If you are not sold on the urn idea, choose one made of a sphere, square, or other geometric shape.

    Prince AHA Stool by Kartell can indeed be used for seats when extra guests come over, but they also make fantastic tables to scatter around so everyone has a place to rest their beverage

    • Prince AHA Stool - Who says contemporary can't be functional? The Prince AHA Stool by Kartell will argue this theory. These unique stools can indeed be used for seats when extra guests come over, but they also make fantastic tables to scatter around so everyone has a place to rest their beverage. When not in use, you can stack them as art.

    eva solo bird table

    • Eva Solo Bird Table - Do not forget your feathered friends. When you think of birdhouses you probably picture rustic, charming things. Well, the Eva Solo Bird Table Standing is nothing short of fabulous. It looks like a cool piece of art, but it is actually made to pour bird seed inside. It has its own stake, so you can place it in the ground anywhere.

    Viento Curved Pinwheel

    • VIENTO Curved Pinwheel - If you have a flowerbed next to your patio or at least a large planter then you must check out the VIENTO curved pinwheel. You are going to add a spinner anyway, so it might as well be one that looks like art. VIENTO makes several styles that will create a nice conversation starter.

    a patio umbrella keeps the sitting area shaded and more comfortable, however, a California Umbrella also adds an artistic element to the space

    • California Umbrella - A patio umbrella serves the very important purpose of keeping the sitting area shaded and more comfortable. However, a California Umbrella also adds an artistic element to the space. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles and well worth the investment.

  • Make Your Finished Basement Cozier with These Elements

    It has taken you months of working in your spare time, but you have finally got the basement finished. Since you moved into the house you have dreamed of having a cozy place to entertain guests, watch movies, or have family game night. The space is finished, but your work is nowhere near being done. You need to finish and decorate still. Now, maybe you have had your colors picked out all along and already have a vision for the space. However, if you are like many you have switched ideas in your mind several times and just cannot settle on one. It is a little more challenging than decorating the rest of the home because you have exhausted a lot of time and energy into the space. It has to be perfect. You will need to choose your colors and/or theme on your own, but the following list should help with your decorating decisions.

     Eco-Feu Santa Cruz 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace, a recessed wall fireplace that will provide you with heat while also creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere

    Recessed Wall Fireplaces

    Recessed wall fireplaces should be at the top of your shopping list. First, they will provide you with heat. Most basements are quite cold. It is rare to find one with a heat duct and if you have an older house that you are refinishing then you likely do not have any forced heat down there. Even on a mild night the basement can be considerably colder than the rest of the house. Recessed wall fireplaces will provide you with heat while also creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, they are so attractive that one will act as a focal point even when it is not being used.

     bean bags in the basement game room because this space shoul have the most comfortable seats in the house

    Bean Bag Chairs

    This space should have the most comfortable seating in the house. Whether you are enjoying a bottle of wine, playing video games, or having a movie marathon, you want seating that you can melt into for hours at a time. Bean bag chairs fit this description. Be sure to buy some with machine-washable covers.

     basement tract lighting

    Thoughtful Lighting

    It is very unlikely that you have high ceilings. It does not matter if you hang a pendant or ceiling light in a place you think no one will hit it; they likely will. Choose track lighting that sits close to the ceiling or go with wall lighting instead.

     ottomans that double as storage, then you can hide blankets, games, boxes of tissue, etc. inside

    Ottomans

    Everyone loves ottomans. There is nothing better than putting your feet up after a long day. If you buy ottomans that double as storage then you can hide blankets, games, boxes of tissue, etc. inside.

     recycling-bin

    Recycle Bin

    If you are really going to do a lot of entertaining then buy a recycling station. Of course, you will have a regular trash can, too, but there will be no excuse for cans and paper products to "accidently" end up in the trash, if there are clearly marked recycle bins.

  • Tips for Hosting the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

    Whether you are throwing a larger engagement party, or if you are simply having another couple over for dinner and drinks, the event can either be very successful or go really bad. If the party was inside, you wouldn't have as many potential complications to deal with. However, if you weren't using your patio to entertain you might not be inviting everyone over to begin with. There is something about the warm weather that makes people more social. If this sounds like you, then you will find these tips very helpful to ensure your gathering is a success.

     citronella candles

    Prepare for Mosquitoes

    The one thing you do not want invading your party is a swarm of thirsty mosquitoes that infiltrate the second the sun goes down. Tiki torches are probably the first thing coming to mind. These are a nice start but they can use a little help. First, you can spray the yard with an organic bug repellent product a few days prior. If you have standing water, mosquito bits work wonderfully to kill larvae. They can even be put in birdbaths without worrying that they will make your feathered friends sick. Mosquito repellent lanterns are also quite helpful. They run on batteries and emit a fragrance mosquitoes hate while also masking carbon dioxide so these pests can't find you.

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    Bio Fuel Fireplaces

    It is amazing how cold it feels when the sun goes down after a warm summer day. The easiest way to keep your guests comfortable is to add bio fuel fireplaces to your outdoor living space. If you have a small patio, then a large fireplace will probably be fine. However, if your entertaining area is rather significant you will want to scatter a few around. This way, people will not have to cuddle up in a circle around the flame of one trying to get warm.

     pathway lighting help will help your guests find their way around

    Light the Path

    You know where the steps to the deck are, and you can find your way around the edging of the flower beds with your eyes closed. Keep in mind though that guests are likely to trip and fall because of something they do not see. Solar lights are perfect.

     cups with lids are decorative and logistical

    Cups with Lids

    You may want to serve cocktails in fancy stemware, but this really is not practical. First of all, glass can get dropped and broken, and then you have to worry about someone getting cut on glass in the dark. Plus, you never know when a spider or some sort of flying insect has ended up inside the drinks. Opt for cups that have lids, and they should be made of a durable material, so they don't break. If you are leaving snacks out to munch on, use Tupperware or serving platters with lids.

  • A Guide to Creating an Eco-Friendly Living Room

    If you are like many others you are taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. You use cloth shopping bags, turn the water off while brushing your teeth, and even recently purchased energy efficient appliances. So, if you are itching to redecorate your living room, you may be feeling a little torn over the decision. Sure, you want your space to have a makeover, but you cannot help but feel like you are disappointing Mother Nature with your decision. Well, you do not have to. You can redecorate without having a huge impact on the environment.

    Donate and Recycle

    The first thing you need to do is figure out what you are getting rid of and what you plan on keeping. The last thing you want to do is throw anything away that still has some life left. Furniture and home décor items can be donated. If you have time to plan a garage sale, this will make you some extra money to spend on new furniture. Of course, you can always give old stuff you don't need to friends or family who can use it.

     eco friendly furnitures are free of all the toxic stuff, strong and durable

    Furniture

    Years ago, someone would have looked at you like you were crazy if you said you were buying eco-friendly furniture. Today, it is the latest trend. From certified sustainable wood to recycled glass to reused metal springs, finding eco-friendly furniture is not as challenging as you might think. Some manufacturers even use organic fabrics, natural glue, and latex foam.

     an ethanol fireplace burner allow you to transform that toxic, wood-burning fire into one that is eco-friendly

    Ethanol Fireplace Burners

    You will never have a "green" living space if you are still burning wood in your fireplace. Ethanol fireplace burners allow you to transform that toxic, wood-burning fire into one that is eco-friendly. Ethanol fireplace burners are placed in the open space where the logs would usually go. You simply pour in fuel and ignite. There is no smoke, no toxins, and no mess. You can even buy logs and pebbles to make the display more natural looking.

     make a statement with eco-friendly décor pieces

    Décor Pieces

    You may be quite surprised at the selection of eco-friendly décor pieces you will find. Rugs made of sustainable jute fibers are very popular. They are recyclable, biodegradable, and free of synthetic dyes. You can buy recycled glass vases, blankets made from organic fabrics, rattan hanging pendant lights, recycled metal sculptures, soy candles, and so much more. You may even want to get crafty and turn something you have into something new so you are essentially recycling it.

  • Tips for Decorating with Gray

    If you have not noticed lately, gray is the new hot color of interior design. Some believe that the gray craze is going to surpass even the love for neutrals that most of the population has shared at some point. Now, you may be thinking that gray is such a drab and depressing color you would never decorate with it. Well, when used properly it is also mysterious, sophisticated, and even a little enchanted.

     

    Choose Your Shades

    The key to decorating with gray is to use multiple shades to create depth. Of course, it will look boring if you use all one shade; any color would.

     cool light gray

    • Cool Light Grays - These grays have a hint of blue undertone. They are zen, peaceful, crisp, and clean, and perfect on ceilings and walls.

    free standing island painted Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore

    • Cool Dark Grays - These are glamorous shades that add a bit of excitement. "Chelsea Gray" by Benjamin Moore is a fine example.

    warm light grays with its hint of yellow telegraph comfort, coziness, and earthiness

    • Warm Light Grays - The hint of yellow in these shades telegraph comfort, coziness, and earthiness. In sunny environments these grays can almost look taupe. Ideally, warm light grays are used in rooms without a lot of natural light. "Elephant's Breath" by Barrow Ball is a warm light gray.

    warm dark grays add a historic feel to your room

     

    • Warm Dark Grays - If you want to add a historic feel to your room you will use a warm dark gray shade, such as Farrow Ball's "Charleston Gray."

    introducing a variety of textures to the room will make the environment even more interesting

    Play with Textures

    Choosing a few shades will create depth, but introducing a variety of textures to the room will make the environment even more interesting. Dark sheer window valances, a light gray chenille blanket, and medley of shades on furry pillows all bring unique textures to the space.

     a firebox creates a focal point that captures attention immediately and draws the eyes in and this is crucial in a grey room

    Buy a Fireplace

    Every room needs a focal point, but it is crucial in a gray room. Even with several shades to look at, the eyes may struggle to come to rest on one particular object. A fireplace is the perfect solution. A dancing flame captures attention immediately and draws the eyes in. Plus, when not lit, a modern fireplace will act as a piece of art.

     a splash of color will ensure your grey room has the level of excitement you are hoping for

    Add a Color Splash

    Gray goes with nearly any color, which means you can add one or several bold secondary colors. If you want to add a turquoise wall and lime green rug, and then combine them in patterned decorative pillows, then this is exactly what you should do. A splash of color will ensure your room has the level of excitement you are hoping for.

  • Tips for Creating a Contemporary Bedroom

    Your alarm goes off and as you open your eyes, the first thing that comes to mind is how bored you are with your bedroom. Sure, you absolutely loved it years ago, but it is time for a change. You have wanted to make your bedroom a little more current, so it is time to give it a makeover with a contemporary theme. These tips will get you started.

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    • Remove the Clutter - Piles of hair accessories on your dresser or the five ties draped over the doorknob needs to go. There is no room for clutter in a contemporary space. Everything should have a home.

    a modern bedroom with neutral or simple color palette, a mix-and-match of creamy off-white, sand, mocha, and espresso creating depth

    • Decide on a Neutral or Simple Color Palette - Although you can showcase a vibrant color in a few décor pieces, the majority of the room should be done in a simple color palette. Neutral is easy because there are so many shades to choose from. You can mix-and-match creamy off-white, sand, mocha, and espresso to create depth. Black or shades of gray are also ideal for a contemporary space.

    a modern bedroom should be gender neutral

    • No Frills - If you want to display a contemporary theme then you have to resist the urge to add frills to your space. This means no lace, pastels, or delicate floral. The room should be gender neutral.

    Manhattan Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace

    • Modern Fireplaces - Most people struggle, when it comes to shopping for décor. They are not quite sure which painting or sculptures they look at are considered contemporary. They do not want to get the wrong thing so they simply avoid decorating. You cannot go wrong with modern fireplaces. They are available in wall, freestanding, and tabletop varieties, so finding one to complement your space will not be a problem. They are maintenance, smoke, and mess-free, and they add sophistication to any room they occupy, even when they are not lit.

    a platform bed with drawers underneath eliminates the need for at least one of your dressers freeing up a little floor space

    • Rethink Your Furniture - If your budget does not allow for the purchase of all new furniture, do not worry about it. If you can squeeze in the cost of a new bed, but need to keep your dressers for now, this is fine, too. A platform bed is ideal. In fact, these beds are defining characteristics to a modern theme. Some have headboards while others do not. There is no right or wrong style. Just pick one based on personal preference. You may even want to consider a platform bed with drawers underneath, so you can eliminate the need for at least one of your dressers. This will free up a little floor space, too.

  • Create an Outside Reading Nook

    If you love to read then you will agree that there is nothing more enjoyable than relaxing in the fresh air with a good book. You are probably satisfied to sit in a chair and wear a hat and sunglasses, so you are not blinded by the sun during the day. Alternately, if you are outside in the evening then you have to wear a warm layer and spray yourself down with bug repellent. None of these things are huge issues, but if you have a thoughtfully created and incredibly comfortable reading nook, then you will likely retreat there a lot more often.

     girl reading a book on a hammock

    • Comfortable Seating - If you have something to sit on that you can literally melt into for hours you will enjoy your reading nook that much more. You definitely do not want to end up complaining of a sore back every time you spend some time reading. Hammock chairs are ideal, if you prefer to sit. A regular hammock works great, if you like to lie down. A bean bag chair is also a fantastic option, but make sure it has a removable, machine-washable cover.

    a cool evening or a crisp fall morning will not hold you back from enjoying your reading nook  if you have a personal ethanol fireplace to keep you warm

    • Personal Ethanol Fireplace - You will never have to think twice about going out to read when you have a personal ethanol fireplace. A cool evening or a crisp fall morning will not hold you back from enjoying your reading nook, if you have a personal ethanol fireplace to keep you warm. You simply pour the fuel in and ignite. Even the smallest ones create a surprising amount of heat. When you are ready to go back inside, bring your fireplace with you to enjoy indoors.

    create a reading nook under the shade of a tree or a patio umbrella

    • Shade - This is an absolute essential. You do not want to be forced to strain your eyes while you are reading. If you have a big shade tree, create your nook near the trunk, on the side that sees the most shade. A patio umbrella also works great.

    small table

    • Table - A small table is more important than you might think. You can use this to place your beverage and snack on. Plus, if you plan on using a bug repellent lantern or citronella candle you will want something to put it on.

    clip-on lights that attach right to your book

    • Lighting - During the day you will not have a need for lighting, but on overcast days and in the evening you will want to be able to see to read. Also, lighting deters thieves, thereby making you feel a little safer. A few solar lights will be helpful.  You can also buy clip-on lights that attach right to your book, hat, etc.

  • Patio Décor Pieces You can Enjoy Indoors

    Some people avoid buying too many décor pieces for their patio because they are only enjoyed part of the year. Others simply do not have a garage or anywhere to store everything over the winter. If this sounds like you then perhaps you want to purchase items that you can bring inside to enjoy, as well. Some items you can bring in nightly while others you probably will not remove from the patio until mid-autumn.

     Lexington Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace

    • Portable Bio Ethanol Fireplaces - These are essential for an outdoor living space. Portable bio ethanol fireplaces burn a clean fuel source that doesn't emit toxins or compromise air quality, so it is safe to use inside your home and on your patio. Portable bio ethanol fireplaces are available in an array of styles, so there is one to complement any space.

    outdoor canvas art mounted on an interior wall makes eye-catching  accent

    • Outdoor Canvas Art - You will love the look you see on the face of your guests when they first notice your outdoor canvas art mounted on an exterior wall. There is a very diverse selection of these masterpieces. They are just as eye-catching as canvases you display inside your home, only they are given a protective coating. This resists UV rays and other environmental elements, and it can be easily wiped clean. At the end of season mount the picture in your home office, finished basement, a boring hallway, or anywhere else you need to freshen things up a bit.

    bean bags are soft and roomy for hours of relaxation

    • Bean Bag Chairs - You may be surprised to learn that there are bean bag chairs suitable for outdoor use. These fun pieces of furniture are inviting, and your body literally melts into them. So, whether you are lounging with friends or reading a good book you will never find yourself in an uncomfortable position. Make sure you purchase one with a removable and machine-washable cover.

    get cozy under a super soft blanket

    • Blankets - Even if you have a few portable bio ethanol fireplaces scattered around sometimes it is just nice to get cozy under a super soft blanket. All you have to do is wash them and they are ready to enjoy indoors.

    cool mini fridge for your man cave

    • Mini Fridge - If you have a mini fridge outside that you use to hold bottles of water or other beverages, it can be put to good use elsewhere when the season is done. Grant it, this is an appliance, not a décor piece, but it is still something that can be used indoors and outdoors. It can always go in the game room, finished basement, home office, or man cave.

  • Tips for Making Your Home Safer

    You never want to be in a position where you wish you could rewind time because a tragedy has occurred. Although some tragedies are out of your hands, there are many that could have been prevented. It does not matter if you live alone or have a family, it is important to take steps to make your home as safe as possible. Below are some tips to get you started.

     functioning smoke alarms are life savers, make sure that all smoke detectors in your home are in proper working condition

    • Test Smoke Alarms - Assuming that you do indeed already have smoke alarms scattered throughout your home, they need to also be tested routinely. Pick a day each month to test them. Don't assume that they work. How will you know if your teenage son stole the batteries out of one if you don't test them? If you do not already have these in your home, it is time to get some.

    carbon monoxide alarm

    • Carbon Monoxide Alarm - It is surprising that many people have smoke alarms in every room, but do not even have one carbon monoxide alarm. This is the silent killer. Carbon monoxide is toxic, but it is also odorless, colorless, and tasteless.

    bio ethanol fireplaces produce a safe fire that does not compromise the air quality in your home

    • Safe Fire - If you are still burning wood in a traditional fireplace, it is time for a change. You can have a safe fire that is just as enjoyable and warm without introducing toxins into your environment or risking a chimney fire. Bio ethanol fireplaces are available in wall, freestanding, and tabletop varieties and produce a safe fire that does not compromise the air quality in your home.

    to avoid taking a tumble, clean up the clutter, cords, and other hazards that may cause you to fall

    • Fall Prevention - Walk through your entire home and address any elements that could cause you to trip and fall. This could include loose rugs, electrical cords, piles of clutter at the door, poor lighting on staircases, etc. You might even find toys on the stairs. Eliminate these hazards.

    control dust by vacuuming at least three times a week

    • Control Dust - You may be interested to learn that household dust does a lot more than look bad and aggravate allergies. It contains numerous hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, lead, and fire retardants. Get in the habit of vacuuming at least three times a week. Many do it every day. It only takes a few minutes.

    avoid pesticides

    • Avoid Pesticides - If you use pesticides for insects, rodents, etc., you are compromising your health. These toxic chemicals are released into the air you breathe.

    safe drinking water

    • Filter Tap Water - You can have a picture perfect safe home, and still have dozens of contaminants in your water. Even if your tap water is considered good there can be traces of toxic chemicals. Bottled water is not the solution either. When the Environmental Working Group tested bottled water from the leading brands it found 38 contaminants, including bacteria, industrial chemicals, and fertilizer. Filtered water is better, but water from a reverse osmosis system is best.

  • Tips for Creating a Simplistic Home

    Displaying a simplistic theme in your house is a trend that has really grown in popularity. However, it is quite common for the environment to come across as boring. Simplistic should not equal boring! Many people assume that you cannot display much (or any) décor with this theme, but this is not true. Although you certainly do not want to go overboard your living space can welcome a little decoration without straying away from the simplistic theme.

     with a ventless fireplace like this, you can clear the clutter and keep the stuff that you really need yet still keep the room comfortable and inviting

    Clear the Clutter

    Getting rid of the clutter is the most important thing you will do. Sometimes, you don't really realize how much is in a space until you start evaluating if you need each individual item. Ideally, you will work on one room at a time. If you can, clear absolutely everything from the space to start with a clean slate.

    Really think about if you need each piece of furniture before returning it back to the room. Everything you are getting rid of can be sold, donated, or simply given to friends. You may even want to hold a yard sale to make money to buy new décor or furniture you might need.

     a smoke free fireplace is a focal point so simple yet so stunning

    Add a Focal Point

    Even a simplistic piece needs a focal point. In fact, it may need one more than a busy space does. Since there is not much to look at in one of these environments, there absolutely needs to be one dynamic piece for your eyes to come to rest on. Otherwise the atmosphere can actually feel a little uncomfortable. Smoke free fireplaces are perfect to use to add focal points to any room in your home.

    Smoke free fireplaces burn bio ethanol fuel, which is clean-burning, odor-free, and maintenance-free. Plus, bio ethanol does not create smoke, which means there are no toxins. There are an alarming number of toxins in smoke. Smoke free fireplaces are safe, clean, and convenient to use anywhere.

     don't be afraid to splurge on one piece that you really love

    Quality Over Quantity

    Whether you are adding furniture and décor or shopping for new pieces, the one thing to keep in mind is that quality is better than quantity. Don't be afraid to splurge on one piece that you really love. Since there is not a lot to view in the room whatever you do have on display will inspire people to take a closer look at the pieces that are there.

     to ensure the space doesn't get cluttered again is to make sure everything has a home

    Storage

    Now that you reduced the clutter, you need to take necessary steps to keep it this way, and one way to ensure the space doesn't get cluttered again is to make sure everything has a home. When everyone in the house knows where things go, there is no excuse not to put them in their rightful spot.

  • Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Beginners

    You have probably been hearing about feng shui for a while now, but you are not too sure how to go about incorporating it into your living space. Well, it is not as hard as you may think. Feng shui is based on the simple idea that your home reflects what is happening inside of you. The purpose is to create an environment that is aligned with where you want to be in your life. Harmonize the energy in your home with your own energy to reap amazing rewards.

     Feng Shui

    How Do You Harmonize Energy?

    This is accomplished by carefully selecting every element introduced to your living space. Everything has energy; this includes inanimate objects. Feng shui guides this created energy to help it flow freely throughout your home.

     furniture should be close enough to inspire conversation, but not so close that guests feel like sardines

    Seating Tips

    Ideally, the sofa will be against a wall farthest from the entry. It should provide a clear view of the door. If this isn't possible, you can leave the sofa floating in a room, but it should have a sturdy console behind it. You may want to position a mirror on the wall across from the sofa, so you can see behind you. This naturally makes you feel more protected when a wall isn't present.

    Having an awkward seating plan is the worst mistake you can make. Furniture should be close enough to inspire conversation, but not so close that guests feel like sardines. Walkways need to be clear. Also, circular tables allow energy to flow around them.

     a window should have drapes or blinds to bounce energy back into the room so it doesn't escape

    Windows

    There should be something on windows to bounce energy back into the room, so it doesn't escape. If you don't have drapes or blinds, position a reflective bowl or a plant there. If you prefer uncovered windows to welcome natural light, then cover them with sheers. This diverts attention and softens the view.

     adequate lighting is essential in feng shui because light activates energy

    Lighting

    Having adequate lighting is essential in feng shui because light activates energy. Dark corners and hallways are often addressed first. If an area is dark, it is said to symbolize an aspect of your life being neglected.

     your eyes should instantly be drawn to one object that brings you joy and provides warmth and creates a soothing environment-a smokeless fireplace

    Don't Forget the Details

    There is a fine line between adding details and creating clutter. When you walk into the room your eyes should instantly be drawn to one object that brings you joy. Many people choose to use a smokeless fireplace as this focal point. You can buy a smokeless fireplace in a wall, tabletop, or freestanding variety. When it is not lit, it will act as art, but when there is a fire it transforms the ambiance of the space. A smokeless fireplace will not emit harmful toxins into the air you breathe yet it provides warmth and creates a soothing environment. It is just like the real thing, only safer, cleaner, and more environmentally friendly.

  • Low Cost Living Room Decorating Ideas

    You are suddenly feeling very creative and you are ready to tackle the living room you have wanted to redecorate. You don't want to dip too much into your savings, but you do want to create a whole new look. These tips should come in handy, or at least inspire a few ideas of your own.

     be an artist yourself and make beautiful art for your home

    • Paint a Canvas - Okay, you don't even have to paint anything interesting on the canvas. You can simply paint it one solid color. This could be a contrasting shade to the wall color or it could be similar, but a few shades lighter or darker to create depth.

    modern wall decorating with wicker baskets

    • Hang Plates or Baskets - Forget buying expensive art pieces. Go to a garage sale or flea market and find a few unusual plates that are different yet similar hues, sizes, and patterns. Attach wire plate hangers and mount them using picture nails. Always put the most dramatic one as the centerpiece and hang the others around it. You can also do this with decorative baskets from the craft store. You may want to paint the baskets different colors.

    Lexington Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace

    • Tabletop Fireplace - You need one transforming focal point that won't break the bank. A tabletop fireplace is perfect. It will create the same wonderful ambiance as a wood burning fireplace, only it is cleaner, safer, and eco-friendly.

    sew with a hidden stitch

    • Do Some Sewing - Before you spend a lot of money on new curtains, decorative pillows, etc., hit the fabric store and make them instead. They will cost a fraction of the price and you have a lot more fabric options to choose from. You do not need a sewing machine. It is a small amount of sewing that you can do by hand. It is highly unlikely anyone will examine your stitching this closely, and if they do it can be a great conversation starter that you will both have a good laugh over.

    mixing patterns

    • Mix Patterns - Mixing patterns is very popular right now. You no longer have to pick one pattern and stick to it. In fact, this is frowned upon. Go ahead and have a striped rug paired to both polka dot and chevron patterns. As long as the colors are cohesive, mixing patterns is perfectly acceptable.

    upcycled seating

    • Repurpose Furniture - You don't have to spend money on new furniture pieces. Pick up an old chest to refinish as a coffee table. Even an old kitchen chair can be made into a charming nightstand.

  • 6 Décor Pieces People Do Not Expect to Find in a Waiting Room

    No one arrives to your business hoping they will get to wait an extra-long time. Most people get annoyed after only five minutes of waiting. Some of this has to do with the fact that they have a dozen other places they would rather be. However, most is because décor is so uninviting that they cannot even stand to be in the room. Why not create a waiting room so exciting that they do not even feel the need to look at the time on their cellphone.

     Lexington Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace

    • Smoke Free Fireplaces - No one expects to walk into a waiting room and be welcomed by a warm dancing flame. Smoke free fireplaces burn bio ethanol fire and are available in a large variety of styles. A wall one is ideal if you want to make sure it is out of the way.

    beverage center

    • Beverage Center - Would a coffee and tea center be too much to ask for? All you need is a small table where you can display tea, sweeteners, cups, etc. They are less likely to get irritated about waiting if they have something to sip on.

    great magazine selection

    • Great Magazine Selection - Most waiting rooms have three to five types of magazines. These popular ones do not necessarily appeal to every person who walks through the door. Besides, they probably read them already. Expand your magazine selection to make everyone happy. This is especially important if you have a waiting room that people sit in for quite a while. The service department at a dealership is a good example.

    wall water fountain

    • Wall Water Fountains - When folks walk through the door and are greeted by a wall water fountain they will instantly feel better about being there. Their mood is calmer and their mind simply relaxes. Instead of thinking about all the things they should be doing they are able to just enjoy the display provided by the fountain. Adding your logo to the piece is definitely recommended.

    Coat Rack

    • Coat Rack - No one should feel as though they have to sit there overheating with their coat on. Of course, you do not want wet coats and umbrellas placed on the furniture either. A large coat rack by the door is the solution.

    bean bag chairs

    • Bean Bag Chairs - Add these fun, comfortable chairs to your waiting room and watch eyes light up. You do not have to replace all your chairs with them, but at least have a few that people can melt into, if they choose.

  • 5 Things You Need to Make Your Office More Comfortable

    You spend about one-third of your life in your office, so this space really should be decorated as nicely as your home. Of course, you probably are not permitted to hang décor on the wall or change the paint color, but there are things you can do that will make your office a nicer place to be. Some of these ideas are really essential if you actually have meetings in your office. You want your customers, clients, etc., to feel comfortable, too!

    Metropolitan Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace

    • Tabletop Fireplace - There is just something about being in the presence of a fire that makes the time spent in the office more enjoyable. A bio ethanol tabletop fireplace can be placed on a small side table out of the way. Since it does not get plugged in you do not have to worry about your boss putting a stop to it because of electrical usage. Simply pour in the fuel, ignite, and enjoy.

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    • Ergonomic Chair - You sit in that chair all day long. Your body deserves to be supported in all the right spots. Low-quality chairs often lead to backaches, shoulder, neck pain, and headaches. Aches and pains make you less productive. Splurge on a quality office chair. You will definitely be glad you did.

    brook tabletop fountain

    • Tabletop Water Fountain - A water element will create a more tranquil environment, which in return will help reduce stress. This is a benefit anyone can appreciate. A small one can sit on the corner of your desk or on the table next to the fireplace. A large tabletop variety can sit in the corner on the floor.

    plants -a  living art will breathe life into your office

    • Plants - You are cooped up inside all day. Some living art will breathe life into your office. This is especially important if you do not have a window with a view. Not to mention, some species will improve the air quality. Considering you probably do not know how often your company or the building management cleans the vents and ducts you can use all the help you can get, when it comes to air quality.

    decorative snack box

    • Snack Box - Unless you own your own business you probably cannot have a mini fridge in your office. However, you can have a nice decorative box that hides all your favorite snacks. Fill it with healthy options and you will be less likely to hit the vending machine for a sugary treat when your stomach starts growling mid-afternoon.

  • Décor to Splurge on for Your Contemporary Space

    If you are trying to create the most contemporary space possible then ordinary art just will not do. You want pieces that are so dynamic they spark conversation. These are items that guests just stop and stare at when they walk in the room. You even get a flutter in your heart when you look at them, even though you see them every day. Below are a few ideas of such elements that will take your modern living environment to the next level.

     Eco-Feu Santa Cruz 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace

    Two Sided Bio Fuel Fireplaces 

    If you did not even know these existed until just now you are not alone. Most people have never seen one, so just imagine how guests are going to react when they see one at your home. As their name implies, two sided bio fuel fireplaces can be appreciated from both sides. They are ideal to install in a wall that separates two rooms, such as a dining room and living room. You can even just place them somewhere they can be viewed from any angle.

     Wovin Wall

    Wovin Wall

    These installed three-dimensional pieces turn your entire wall into a piece of art. Just imagine a stainless steel one on a lime green wall. There are a variety of styles and many offer fantastic acoustic benefits.

     vertical garden

    Wall Mounted Planter Boxes

    Sure, you can place a few gorgeous planters around and call it a day. However, wall mounted Ipe planter boxes with stainless steel light fixtures will certainly give your room the "wow" factor you are looking for.

     large wall water fountain

    Large Waterwall

    Every room needs a water element, but a contemporary room is perfect for a large freestanding one. As the water makes its long journey down the fountain face the sound will create a soothing environment. Plus, a small amount of evaporation will occur, which will combat dry air. Slate and glass are both perfect options for this type of environment.

     LOFTwall Wave Room Divider

    Room Divider

    There are so many gorgeous room dividers available that it is really a shame not to incorporate one into your space. A LOFTwall Wave Room Divider is a good example of one you might be interested in.

     accent chair

    Accent Chair

    Do not replace your comfortable seating with chairs that guests do not know whether to sit on or admire. If you have a large room and a lot of extra floor space then go ahead and add an unusual accent chair as an extra seating piece. A few cool ones to check out include Panton Junior Chair by Verner Panton, Fun Arm Chair by Chintaly Imports, Eros Side Chair by Kartell, and Side Chair by Flux.

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Inviting

    Do you ever watch movies and find yourself secretly jealous of people who read in bed or simply hang out in their bedroom? If your bedroom was a little cozier you might say goodbye to the sofa in the living room and hang out in the bedroom a little more often, too. A lot of people neglect this room simply because guests generally do not see it. This is quite unfortunate because this is valuable real estate. Expand the living space you love to hang out in by creating an environment in your bedroom that is so welcoming and comfortable that you never want to leave.

     Color Palette

    • Thoughtful Color Palette - You may love the look of that red wall and black comfortable covered in dragons, but does it give you a cozy feeling? If it does, then great! If not, then it is time for a change. Now, if you are like many others you are saying "What color palette?" Some people neglect their bedroom so bad that they do not even have a color palette. There is a random comforter and white walls. No wonder the door gets closed when guests come over. Choose a couple primary colors and then add in a few accent ones.

    comforter and sheets

    • Soft Textiles - Go ahead and splurge on your comforter and sheets. You will be glad you did. You may even want to buy a super soft throw blanket to lie across the bottom of your bed. This way, if you are just relaxing with a book or a movie you do not have to actually get under the covers, if you don't want to.

    Sleek-bedroom-fireplace

    • Ventless Fireplace - This is an essential, if you are trying to create a cozy space. There is nothing more welcoming than a warm fire. Just being in the presence of one is relaxing. You can buy a wall, tabletop, or freestanding ventless fireplace that burns bio ethanol. This is a clean-burning fuel source that does not create smoke or release toxins. When you are ready to go to bed just extinguish the flame.

    wall fountain

    • Wall Fountain - If you think having a ventless fireplace creates the perfect ambiance then try having one that is also complemented by a water feature. The sound of cascading water will make your stress just disappear. Plus, it will help you fall asleep faster because your mind will be calmer.

    impressive bedroom

    • Lighting - If you are going to really enjoy this space then you need to have great lighting. A simple overhead light that creates a glare just will not do, especially if you like to read in bed. Choose a glamorous pendant or chandelier and make sure you have a lamp or a wall sconce by the bed for reading.

  • Wood Burning Fireplaces vs. Modern Fireplaces

    A fire is a fire, right? Wrong! For many years burning wood for a fire was a way of life. Most did not question what it was doing to their health or the environment. Then, modern fireplaces came along and some people embraced them immediately. Others were, and still are not quite sure what they are or what benefits they provide. If this sounds like you then this comparison between the two will help.

    Eco-Feu Monte Carlo 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace

    Fuel

    A wood burning fire obviously needs wood. This depletes forests and destroys habitat for wildlife. Trees do not grow back fast enough to be so careless with them. If you choose a modern fireplace that burns bio ethanol you are using a sustainable resource. Bio fuel is made from the fermented sugars of sustainable crops like potatoes and beets.

    Chantico Stone Bioethanol Fireplace

    Smoke and Toxins

    The most significant difference between the two is the fact that a wood burning fire creates smoke but a bio ethanol one does not. Do you have any idea how many toxins are emitted into the air every second smoke is created? Not only is this destroying the environment; it is compromising your health. It increases your risk for cancer, asthma, allergies, and other conditions.

    A modern fireplace does not create smoke nor does it emit dangerous toxins into the air. You can place one of these fireplaces in any room of your house to enjoy, including the bathroom, if you want to create a spa-like atmosphere.

    Tectum Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace

    Mess and Maintenance

    There is nothing easy about maintaining a wood burning fire or fireplace. First, you have to keep a wood pile which attracts bugs and rodents. Keep in mind you have to constantly move wood from outside into the inside area, too.

    Getting the fire started is never a barrel of fun. It is time consuming and a lot of work. Then, you have to constantly poke at it and add to it to keep it going. Of course, the entire time you are either blasted with heat or chilled because the flame is dying.

    If all this is not enough work, you have to scoop soot and ash constantly. Plus, you have to scrub that layer of filth off the walls, furniture, floors, etc. Keep in mind that everything you are cleaning off the walls is also coating your lungs.

    A modern fireplace is essentially maintenance-free and it certainly does not create any amount of mess. The only thing you have to do to enjoy a fire is pour in the fuel and ignite. You are blessed with a consistent fire until it runs out of fuel or you extinguish the flame. Once you have it this easy you will never want to deal with a wood-burning fireplace again.

    EB1212 Bio Ethanol Insert

  • Easy Ways to Feng Shui Your Home

    You have heard about all the great benefits to be received by incorporating feng shui into your home, but getting started can be a bit daunting. Many people are nervous to take the first step because they are scared they will do it wrong. Well, there is not necessarily a "right" or "wrong" way to feng shui your home. There are simple guidelines, as well as some elements that should be present. However, as intimidating as it may seem, it is a lot easier to pull off then you might think.

     clutter free space

    • Clean the Clutter - This is the most important step and it is one that you absolutely cannot skip. Yes, clearing the clutter can be incredibly time-consuming, but you will feel much better when it is done. Do not just stuff everything in a box in your closet or bedroom either. Donate things you do not need, or plan on having a yard sale. If you know you are going to have a sale you will be less likely to hold onto unnecessary items.

    Improve the Air Quality

    • Improve the Air Quality - You cannot have a healthy environment with unhealthy air. There are a number of plants that will purify the air and improve the look of your space. You can also use an air purifier, but the water fountain works just as well. The moving water creates negative ions which cancel out positive ones. Dander, dust, allergies, cigarette smoke, etc., are all positively charged.

    environmentally friendly fireplace

    • Add a Fire Element - An environmentally friendly fireplace is a crucial component to a feng shui space. You may want to consider shopping for fire water fountains. This allows you to include both fire and water elements into your home without the need for separate pieces. Fire water fountains are mess and smoke-free, as they burn bio ethanol, which is a clean fuel source.

    before choosing your color palette, consider finding out your birth element

    • Support Your Energy - Before choosing your color palette, consider finding out your birth element. You do not absolutely have to do this, but you may feed off the energy more in a room that features colors associated with your element. For example, if you were born at the end of July in 1973, you may assume you should decorate with reds, oranges, and yellows to represent fire. After all, you are a Leo so your sign is fire. Well, this is true, but your birth element is actually water. Your energy colors are shades of blue.

    creating balance feng-shui

    • Create Balance - Balance plays a leading role in feng shui. It is hard for the mind to relax or even feel comfortable in an unbalanced space. You cannot have all tall and large elements on one side of a room. They need to be equally placed throughout the north, east, south, and west quadrants. It is also important that you have a nice mix of round and straight edges. Chi cannot flow properly through a room that is solely full of sharp edges.

  • 5 Essentials for Your Lanai

    If you have a lanai then chances are good that you spend as much time in that open-sided veranda as you can. These architectural additions on homes originated in Hawaii and are named after the six-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. So, it only makes sense to decorate this space as though you are in one of the world's most beautiful tropical places. Unlike a regular patio, a lanai has a roof, so you have a little more decorative freedom of what you can do with the space. Below are a few essentials to get you started.

     lanai

    • Ethanol Fireplace - This is one essential you absolutely cannot be without. An ethanol fireplace will allow you to enjoy your lanai after temperatures dip. This also means you can use the space earlier and later in the season. Plus, a dancing flame will create the perfect ambiance whether you are relaxing by yourself or gathered with friends. Do not worry about harming the environment because this is a clean-burning fuel source that creates no smoke.

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    • Water Fountain - Speaking of ambiance, the perfect complement to your ethanol fireplace is a wall fountain. The sound of the cascading water will help create a soothing environment. Since the lanai will have at least one wall, you may want to buy a wall-mounted variety and make the most of that space.

    contemporary lanai with mini fridge

    • Mini Fridge - Sometimes, walking in the house feels like such a huge effort. Having a mini fridge stocked with beverages will save you a lot of unnecessary trips inside. This is a definite bonus if you have the air conditioning on inside the house, so you do not let all the cool air out every time you open the door.

    eclectic-patio-with-outdoor-rug

    • Outdoor Rug - Although the lanai is covered you are probably walking outside, too. So, you do not want an indoor rug. Choose a large decorative outdoor one. When it gets dirty all you have to do is drag it out to the yard and spray it with the hose. There are some that are every bit as nice as those you decorate with inside your house.

    tiki torches

    • Thoughtful Lighting - In the evening you are going to need a little light. Of course, as you know regular lights are going to attract mosquitoes, the most unwanted guests. Consider hanging lanterns that you can burn citronella candles inside. Tiki torches are always a great idea, as well.

  • Your Guide to a Dream Kitchen

    Are you finally ready to remodel the kitchen that has left you uninspired all these years? Maybe you just bought an old house that has a little more character in the kitchen than you are prepared to deal with. If you are ready to indulge in the ultimate remodel you are probably looking for ideas to help you create a dream kitchen. This list should get you inspired.

     

    contemporary-kitchen with glass paneled cabinets

     

    • Glass-paneled Cabinets - For a while, rich wood cabinets were coveted in kitchens, but clean white cabinets are making a comeback, especially if they have glass panels.

     

    • Ethanol Wall Fireplace - Why is it that people are quick to add an ethanol wall fireplace to the living room and bedroom, but never consider the kitchen for such a purchase? You spend a lot of time in there, so if you want a dream space that will inspire gossip, add an ethanol wall fireplace to your décor.

     

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    • Glass Front Refrigerator - Remember the frenzy over stainless steel appliances? Well, that same crazed reaction is about to be experienced over glass front refrigerators. There are also glass-front garden coolers for homes that eat a lot of greens and veggies. Do not forget your glass-front wine cooler to match.

     

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    • Functional Island - A kitchen island doesn't only have to be for preparing food. If you have the space to make a dining area here then friends can gather while you cook. An extravagant range hood dropped from the ceiling over the range is a must, as well.

     

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    • Unique Floor - Skip the tile, laminate, or wood for your floor, and opt for cork, bamboo, or stone. If you must get tile, consider a checkered pattern, just to be different.

     

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    • Skylight - As long as you are doing a remodel, now is your chance to add that skylight you have been dreaming of.

     

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    • Ceiling Soffit - If a skylight is not in the plans consider an organic-shaped ceiling soffit with pendants hanging from it.

     

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    • Herringbone Tile Work - Do you want a backsplash that is different than what everyone else has? A herringbone-like design should do the trick.

     

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    • French Connection - If you want a French bistro atmosphere, creamy cabinetry with a gorgeous antique glaze will help achieve this look. Add stone walls and some iron work, too!

     

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    • Beams - You do not need to have a "need" for wood beams to add them to your ceiling. Crown your room with these wooden gems, and hang your pots and utensils from them.
  • Beige and Beyond: Decorating Your Bedroom with Neutrals

    Are you hooked on beige even though so many people say it is boring? Beige gets a seriously bad rap, but in all fairness, it is one of the most versatile colors you can use for decorating. That being said, if you have nothing but beige items in your bedroom it could look and feel a little flat. If you love this color, then you should embrace it, but keep the room lively and interesting with these decorating tips.

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      • Skip the Bedroom Set - For many years, nearly everyone purchased full bedroom sets. In fact, it was challenging to just find a single dresser or bed, and when you did it was almost as expensive as the full set the salesperson tried to steer you towards. Now, there is nothing wrong with full sets, but mixed pieces allow you to give the room more personality. This is especially important if you are decorating with beige.

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        • Introduce Color - Even if you are "scared" of color, you will likely have a change of heart, if you introduce at least one or two bold colors to the room. This could be as a throw blanket, lampshade, or rug. You can even create a headboard made from a canvas covered in fabric that is a bold color or pattern. A little color makes a dramatic difference in a beige room. If you are brave, you can even paint one wall a bright color. Any shade will match beige, but aqua, tangerine, lime green, and various shades of purple are hot for 2014.

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            • Buy an Ethanol Fireplace - Every room needs a focal point, but the importance is increased in a beige room. If the eyes see a lot of monotone and nothing exciting enough to draw them in, it can be stressful on the mind. Plus, it is uninspiring. An ethanol fireplace will become the focal point your room needs to appear polished and cozy. Fuel for ethanol fireplace products is quite simple to deal with. You simply pour it in the burner and ignite. If you want to put the fire out, just extinguish it. It is mess and smoke-free.

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        • Don't Forget Metal and Plants - Metal and plants are the two elements most often forgotten in bedrooms. Metal adds texture and richness to a space. Copper is extremely popular right now and complements practically any color palette or theme. Plants are essential because every room needs living art. Many people have plants scattered throughout their home, but neglect the bedroom. You may want to consider those that are known to purify the air, such as peace lily, areca palm, Australian sword fern, dwarf date palm, weeping fig, and rubber plant.

  • Tips for Getting More Connected with Your Bedroom

    Does your bedroom just look like a mess? Not that it is actually messy by any means. You don't need to have anything out of place for a space to be labeled as a mess. Maybe you have a generic comforter and plain curtains that really are doing nothing to complement one another. Perhaps you even finally got the nerve to paint an accent wall, but now it feels more disconnected than ever. There is a good chance that you have already picked a fantastic color palette; you simply need a little help pulling it all together!

    Primary and Secondary Colors

    Primary and Secondary Colors

    Many people simply pick a handful of colors and try to incorporate them in their space without much thought. Ideally, you will take your chosen colors and separate them into primary and secondary categories. Your two primary colors will dominate in the room. The secondary ones will be used in small doses to add accent. If you are painting an accent wall it should be done in one of the secondary colors.

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    Start with Bedding

    Your bedding will determine patterns or a theme used throughout the room. If you are having trouble deciding on a color palette, sometimes it is easier to pick your comforter first. When you see one you love, use its colors to inspire your palette.

    • Solid - If you have chosen a solid comforter in one of your primary colors then you can really have fun with patterns throughout because nothing will contrast the bed.
    • Print - If you picked a printed comforter then you may want to stick with solid curtains, sheets, etc. This is not a rule though. A striped comforter very well could welcome a floral, paisley, or patterned print used elsewhere in the room.

    Essential Décor

    Regardless what color palette or pattern you use, every room needs a few essential pieces of decor.

    • Personal Ethanol Fireplace - Every room in your home can welcome a personal ethanol fireplace. These modern art pieces provide warmth and ambiance, and the flame is smoke-free, so no toxins are released into the air.
    • Water Feature - A personal ethanol fireplace and a water feature will go together like apples and cinnamon. The cascading water will transform any room into a tranquil oasis while also cleaning the air.
    • Variety of Materials - An interesting room will have a variety of materials to create texture. Bamboo, copper, and porcelain are all very hot this year.
  • Designing a Bedroom On a Budget

    It does not matter if you are moving into your first apartment or you suddenly look around a space you once loved and can't find a reason to smile, you might assume there is not much you can do without a lot of money. Well, you may be quite surprised at what you can accomplish on a small budget.

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    Paint is Your Friend

    Paint is pretty cheap, and will be a staple of your decorating budget. Unless you are renting and cannot change your wall color, there is no excuse to have white walls. Plus, paint can be used on plastic bins and drawers.

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    Platform Bed

    Before you spend a fortune on a mattress, box spring, headboard, and frame, check out the selection of platform beds instead. This eliminates the need for a box spring, and some are quite affordable. If you really want to be frugal, there are metal frames made to use with just a mattress. Put a crisp bed skirt around the frame, and you achieve the same look.

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    Dressers and Shelves

    Okay, dressers and bookshelves can be pretty pricy. If you are on a really tight budget, buy those plastic bins with three drawers you can get nearly anywhere, and use Krylon plastic paint on them. Since the drawers are clear, you can also glue patterned scrapbook paper to the inside for a printed design to show through. As for shelving, plastic utility shelves can also be painted. If you are short on storage space, paint shoeboxes or cover them in fabric and ribbon, and stack them on the shelves. These can be used to hide a lot of odds and ends.

    Buy the Essentials

    Since you are not splurging on an expensive bedroom set, you can afford nicer bedding and a few décor essentials that will really make the room appear more sophisticated.

    • Bedding - Resist the urge to buy a cheap "bed-in-a-bag" set unless you have to. These products come with a cheap price tag, but they look awful after washing a few times and they rarely last very long.
    • Curtains - Even if you have blinds, you can dress your windows. You can also hang curtains behind or on either side of the head of your bed.
    • Tabletop Ethanol Fireplace - A fire element will add richness to your bedroom, even if everything is made of plastic. You probably planned on indulging on one bold art piece anyway, so this should be it. You can always create your own art for the walls by covering one large or several small canvases with printed fabric to mount. A tabletop ethanol fireplace will sit right on top of a hard surface and will not create smoke or a mess.
    • Water Fountain - If you still have a little money left over in your spending budget then a water feature will be the perfect complement to your fireplace, and it will keep create a soothing environment.
  • Weekend Project: Create a Contemporary Living Room

    Do you constantly look around your living room and wish that you had the time to transform the space into a much more modern environment? Maybe you want a contemporary space, but do not even know where to begin. Well, creating the look you crave is not as challenging or time consuming as you might think. Gather everything you need and order décor essentials ahead of time and you can bust out this project in a weekend with plenty of time to kick back and relax with a movie Sunday night.

    Declutter

    The first thing you will need to do is decide what elements will be removed from the room. "Less is more" is the motto to live by to achieve this look. Any décor or furniture pieces you remove can always be used in that home office that is so design neglected. Alternately, you can box them and save in case your taste changes in the future. If you know you do not need the stuff, donate it or sell it in your next garage sale.

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    Pick a Palette

    Most people associate contemporary with black furnishings. However, neutrals can work just as well. Ideally you will incorporate one bold color into the room to really make the space dynamic. This is easiest done by painting a wall this contrasting color or purchasing a vibrant area rug. Whatever the case is, you will want to pick your color palette ahead of time. This will be your guide when you start shopping for your essentials. Remember that there are no rules. Do not feel as though you have to mimic a magazine photo perfectly.

    Buy Your Essentials

    If you are going to transform your living room space in one weekend then you need to buy and/or order your essentials ahead of time, so you have it ready. Obviously, if you are painting you will need paint and supplies. Additional must-haves include:

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    • Wall Mounted Bio Fuel Fireplaces - No other décor piece can instantly give a space a modern feel quite like wall mounted bio fuel fireplaces. Ideally, the one you purchase will be scaled appropriately to the wall size, and it should be the only thing mounted on that wall.

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    • Lighting - Pendants and sconces are perfect lighting options for a contemporary living room. Track lighting can also look fantastic mounted from a rafter or used to highlight an art piece.

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    • Glass Floor Fountains - Wall mounted bio fuel fireplaces are complemented beautifully by glass floor fountains. Glass will match any color palette you choose and offer a clean and polished look. If your décor is all black, then black spider marble would be another material worthy of consideration.

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    • Fabrics - Everything from curtains to pillows will need to be purchased. Do not be afraid to incorporate a pattern into the room. A watercolor floral pillow will add a variety of colors, and then you could choose one of those colors in the pattern to be your accent one for paint, rugs, curtains, etc.

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    • Get to Work - This should be a fun project, so try not to worry too much about if your look is contemporary or not. Nearly everyone has their own definitely of this anyway. Paint early so you can see if there are any parts that need an extra coat while you still have sunlight. Mount your fireplace at eye level. Lastly, break the rules! Furniture does not have to rest against the walls. If you want to the sofa in the middle of the living room, and a display of plants with the water fountain on the wall behind it then this is what you should do.
  • 5 Quick Spring Spruce Ups for Your Home

    After a long winter it is time to do some spring cleaning. Interestingly, this is often the one cleaning session that no one complains about. It feels good to dust those cobwebs, open the windows, and get rid of the stale air. During your spring cleaning weekend, there are a few other things you may want to do to spruce up your home, as well.

    1. Screen Repair - If there is even a small rip or hole in a screen, bugs will find their way in. Very small repairs can be done with a large sewing needle, clear fishing line, tweezers, and super glue. For larger repairs you will need replacement screen material. This is not the most exciting job, but you will be glad you got it over with.

     

    1. Ethanol Grate - If you are scrubbing soot off your walls, then your spring cleaning may not be quite the fun event others are experiencing. Do not go through another winter dealing with a dirty, smelly wood-burning fireplace that destroys the environment and compromises your health. Clean it out for the last time, and buy an ethanol grate. This will allow you to enjoy your fireplace without the mess and hidden danger. Plus, on those chilly spring and fall nights an ethanol grate can be filled with fuel and easily lit without a second thought. You probably would not even think about putting forth the effort to start a wood fire during these seasons.

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    1. Maximize Curb Appeal -You probably spend a lot of time creating a beautiful outdoor living space in the backyard; have you forgotten about the front yard. Some flowers, a new door mat, decorative solar lights, a bird feeder, and some garden statuary will improve curb appeal. If the budget allows, a tiered or wall fountain would also be a nice touch.

     

    1. Paint Your Cabinets - If you have old cabinets dating your kitchen, it is time to give them a facelift. You could sand and refinish them, but you could also paint them and add new handles. You might even want to consider removing some of the doors for an airy look.

     

    1. Refresh Your Walls - Since you can finally open the windows and you are washing walls anyway, you might as well give them all a fresh coat of paint. This will give you an excuse to try out that bold color you have had your eye on all winter!

  • Transform Your Balcony Into a Tranquil Oasis

    Who says you need a patio in a large backyard to enjoy the fresh air? Apartment dwellers often wish they had a patio yet their balcony goes unused. Now, you may be saying that you can't possibly do anything with that small balcony space, but you will be quite surprised. You can easily create a magical outside waiting area to read, enjoy your morning cup of coffee, or just relax. Below are a few essential elements that you will need.

     

    • Contemporary Seating - If you are single you could just put a beanbag chair or hammock swing out there. If there will often be two people sharing the balcony a small wrought iron bistro table with chairs will be perfect.

     

    • Outdoor Rug - You should be able to kick your shoes off out there in the summer, and have your toes welcomed by a soft outdoor rug. They are available in a huge variety of colors and patterns. When it gets dirty, simply roll it up, stick it in your trunk, and spray it with the power washer at the car wash. If you have a friend or family member with a yard and hose, this will work, too.

     

    • Ethanol Fireplace - You should not be restricted to only enjoying your balcony in the summer. Ethanol fireplaces make it possible to enjoy your balcony when there is a chill in the air. A small tabletop or freestanding one can be used inside your home, and when you want it on your balcony you just carry it out there. Since an ethanol fireplace does not need electricity, you do not need to deal with an extension cord.

     

    • Planters - You probably do not have space for several large planters. Fortunately, planters are now available specifically for balconies. They sit right on the railing, so you can have your own flower garden without taking up a lot of space. You could also use them to grow herbs and small vegetables.

     

     

    • Wind Chimes - As long as you have something to hang wind chimes from this is another soothing element to introduce to your space. Bamboo offers the most soothing sound while metal, glass, and other materials tend to have a more lively and sweet sound.

     

    • Umbrella - Unless you are on a second or third floor behind a tree you will greatly appreciate the shade offered by an umbrella. Just make sure to buy a cover to protect it when it is not being used.
  • Essentials for Your Outside Patio Bar

    You know that you are serious about entertaining when you have an outside bar in your backyard. Your house is probably the place where everyone goes after a night on the town or to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon catching up with tales of the week. So, now spring is here and it is time to make your outside bar area even better than before. Below are a few elements you may want to incorporate into this space before the arrival of your first official unexpected guest.

    • Umbrella - If you already have a covered patio then you have all the sun protection you could possibly need. Otherwise, a couple of patio umbrellas will be important. You will get a lot more use out of your space, if you know you can go to it any time of the day, and not fight the sun's UV rays. For a really small bar area one large umbrella would likely be fine, but if you noticed last season that guests had to shift around as the earth's position to the sun changed throughout the day, then one or two extra umbrellas may be necessary.

     

    • Ethanol Fireplace - When the sun goes down, the bar area can get quite chilly. Even a mild evening can feel cool after a super-hot day. An ethanol fireplace will provide a source of heat while also creating ambiance. Again, for a larger space you might need more than one ethanol fireplace, unless you go with a very large one.

     

    • Unbreakable Barware - Do you constantly cringe at the thought of someone dropping their margarita or wine glass? Not only would this leave you with a huge mess to clean up; you would have to be extra cautious, so no one steps on a stray piece of glass with their bare feet. Well, before you resort to unsightly and wasteful disposable cups check out the selection of polycarbonate unbreakable barware that is available. These pieces look just like glass, but they will not shatter when they get dropped or knocked off a table.

     

    • Fun Seating - After a few drinks, guests want to get cozy in welcoming chairs. Trendy bar stools look great and are fine when you start the evening off, but you know they become less comfortable the longer you sit in them. This space needs seating that folks will not want to even get out of. Bean bag chairs with removable and machine-washable covers are the best. Just make sure they have a waterproof liner. Hammock chairs and porch swings are also ideal.

     

     

  • Let Your Favorite Bird Inspire Your Living Room

    Are you longing to redecorate your living room, but you just do not know where to begin? Maybe you keep going back and forth over colors and patterns, but just cannot settle on something. Perhaps you are just waiting for something (anything!) to jump out at you. Why not let your favorite bird inspire your makeover?

    Pick a Bird

    Some people will immediately know what bird they want to use. If you don't, you may want to consider the snowy owl, puffin, lorikeet, bird of paradise, peacock, Hyacinth macaw, American kestrel, scarlet tanager, mountain bluebird, wood duck, kingfisher, painted bunting, resplendent quetzal, Gurney's pitta, long-tailed broadbill, and chestnut headed bee-eater. Spend a little time browsing species until you see one with colors or a pattern that speaks to you.

    Determine Your Color Palette

    If you have chosen a colorful species then you may want to use all of the colors, but you don't have to. If your bird is only two colors, this does not mean that you can't add additional colors to your palette. Remember, you do not have to take the bird literally; it can merely be an inspiration.

    Once you have chosen your primary and accent colors you should be able to decide which colors will be used for paint, fabrics, and décor. You could also do a sky blue paint for the walls and make shades of green and beige your primary colors to represent the sky and earth, and then incorporate the bird's coloring in your secondary colors.

    Decorate with Nature

    Although you do not have to, it does make sense to introduce natural and eco-friendly décor to your room, if you are using a bird for inspiration. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

    • Ethanol Fireplace Burners - There is nothing bird-friendly about a wood-burning fireplace that destroys habitat and pollutes the environment. Transform your fireplace into a clean and environmentally friendly one with ethanol fireplace burners. This will allow you to enjoy a clean, safe, beautiful, and guilt-free fire anytime that you want.

     

    • Bird Print - Why not have a print of your chosen bird enlarged and framed? It will be interesting to see how many of your guests actually make the connection.

     

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    • Plants and Flowers - Plants are essential in a bird-inspired room. Fresh cut flowers are also certainly nice to add when you can.

     

    • Floral - You do not have to go overboard with floral, if this is not your cup of tea. Even one decorative pillow or the ribbon around your baskets will incorporate this essential element.

     

    • Texture - Nature boasts an abundance of texture, so try to incorporate a variety of fabrics to keep the room from becoming two-dimensional.

     

    • Fountain - There are few things birds love more than birdbaths. You do not want an actual birdbath with stagnant water in your home, so a fountain is the next best thing.
  • Create Quiet Place in the Attic

    If you have an attic just sitting there collecting dust, then you are not using your property to its fullest potential. You pay good money for the square footage of your home, so you should use very foot! As long as you can stand up there that space can be transformed into a reading room, office, or simply a place to sit and relax when you want some quiet time way from the kids. Here are a few essentials to consider adding to make this space as inviting and comfortable as it can possibly be.

    • Environmentally Friendly Fireplaces - You probably will not have a heat vent up there unless you do a serious remodel to add one. Environmentally friendly fireplaces are the perfect alternative to adding a vent. A tabletop or freestanding ethanol fireplace will keep you toasty when it is chilly, and this warm and inviting fire will not create smoke or a mess.

    • Bean Bag Chair - This is the room you will retreat to for lounging, so it makes sense to buy a chair that you can literally melt into. The beans in these chairs disperse around your body to cradle every inch of you. Seriously, you will crave your secret hideaway all day while you are at work!

    • Soft Blanket - Even with an environmentally friendly fireplace there is nothing that can compare to a soft blanket to curl up under.

    • Portable Air Conditioner - As long as you have a small window up there you can vent a portable air conditioner out of it. In the summer you will need something to cool you down.

    • Water Fountain - To create the most tranquil environment, you will need a water feature. A small tabletop or freestanding one will do just fine. The cascading water will relax your mind and help drown out the loud television everyone is watching downstairs.

    • Mini Fridge - Keep a mini fridge stocked with water, snacks, and cups of chopped fruit and veggies up there so you do not have to go up and down when you get thirsty or need a quick bite to satisfy your growling stomach.

    • Lamp - You probably will not have overhead lighting, so you will need a few lamps. Since you are using an environmentally friendly fireplace, you might as well complement this with solar lanterns for lighting. Stick them outside during the day, and when you are ready for them in the evening they will be charged.

     

  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas She is Sure to Love

     

    Do you struggle to come up with ideas for Mother's Day gifts every year? Of course your mother probably tells you that she does not need anything or that she just wants you to spend the day with her, but this does not mean she won't appreciate a heartfelt gift. Alternately, maybe you are buying for your significant other who is a new mother or a mom-to-be. You might be searching for Mother's Day gift ideas, as well! This list should help.

     

    Bio Ethanol Fireplace

     

     

    This is a present that is sure to blow her away. A bio ethanol fireplace is the perfect gift because it is beautiful, beneficial, and totally unexpected. Unless she actually hinted that she wanted one there is no way she will be able to guess what is underneath that pretty wrapping paper. This is a gift that is environmentally friendly, soothing, and comforting. They come in wall, tabletop, and freestanding varieties, so there is one to suit the taste of any mom.

     

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    If mom does not have a water fountain in the home yet to soothe her mind she will need one of these, too. Ideally, water and fire will be displayed near one another. So purchase her the bio ethanol fireplace for Mother's Day, and add on the fountain for a different celebration.

     

    Gardening Supplies

     

     

    Soon, spring will fill the air, which means mom might be itching to go play in their dirt. Maybe she mentioned last year that she wanted a pop-up greenhouse or perhaps the fencing around the garden needs to be redone to keep the critters out. If your mom does not garden or plant flowers perhaps she would like a new birdbath, garden statuary, or a hammock for outside.

     

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    If mom does not have an electronic reader or tablet of some sort yet, maybe it is time to get her one. If she will probably only use it for reading, stick with a basic Kindle. However, if you get a nice tablet she might find that it comes in handy to try out new recipes in the kitchen, which you will probably appreciate!

     

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    If your mom volunteers or supports a certain nonprofit organization, she will likely appreciate making a donation in her name. If she loves a specific park you could pay for a park bench, of if she has been helping a family in need you could buy the family gift cards for groceries. It is not a gift that she will get to open, but it is sure to be one she loves. If you have a bigger spending budget you could always pair this up with one of the other gifts.

     

  • 5 Essentials for Staging Your Home

    If you are ready to put your house on the market then you are likely looking for ideas for staging. No one has to tell you that this is a buyer's market, so it is important that you have the small details that will make your house stand out from the many other competitively priced ones nearby. Alternately, maybe your house has been up for sale, but you haven't had much more than a nibble. Adding one or more of the following five things could help you seal the deal.

     

    Bio Ethanol Fireplace

    A warm dancing flame is inviting, and has a way of making people feel at home. You want buyers to imagine themselves living there, which is easy to do when there is a cozy fire going. A bio ethanol fireplace may be exactly what you need. They are super easy to use, so you can feel confident telling your realtor to go ahead and start a fire for the open house, or while showing the home to potential buyers. You may even want to install a recessed wall bio ethanol fireplace to stay in the home when you leave.

     

    Herb Garden

     

    The smell of freshly baked cookies does not sell homes anymore. For one, many people are making healthier food choices these days. Second, people may wonder what smell you are trying to cover up. An herb garden is a much better addition to your kitchen. It will make folks look forward to cooking there.

     

    Water Fountain

     

    Buying a home is just as stressful as selling one. If you can make potential buyers instantly feel relaxed when they enter your home they are more likely to fall in love with it. The sound of cascading water is very soothing. This is the perfect décor piece to put their mind at ease. Pair this with a bio ethanol fireplace and they may be ready to place a bid instantly.

     

    Coat Rack

     

    Although a rack that mounts to the wall is certainly nice, it is the freestanding variety that tends to make a house more interesting. Not to mention, people coming to look at your home in the winter are more likely to hang their coat on a freestanding coat rack than a wall-mounted one. Again, this increases their comfort level, which helps them feel at home.

     

    Welcome Mat

     

    The welcome mat at your front door gives the first impression of your home. Something as simple as the right outdoor rug can make more of a difference than you might think. You might even want to consider one with a funny message, so they are actually smiling as they walk through the door.

     

  • Decorate Your Home in Environmentally Friendly Décor Pieces

    Whether you are moving into your first apartment or remodeling a large home you have lived in forever, now is the perfect time to make a positive impact on the planet with your purchase. Every dollar you spend essentially dictates the type of world you want to live in. Make thoughtful, environmentally friendly decisions and you will feel at peace every time you look around your home. Not to mention, you will reduce your carbon footprint. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

    Environmentally Friendly Fireplaces

    Just because you want to protect the environment does not mean you have to give up a warm and relaxing dancing flame. There are environmentally friendly fireplaces available that are smoke-free and ventless. They burn bio ethanol fuel, so you do not have to worry about them compromising your health or the environment.

     

     

    Recycled and Reclaimed

    You might be surprised at what a huge selection there is available when you start shopping for recycled glass and reclaimed wood items. You can buy everything from lamps to wine racks that have been made from secondhand materials. By purchasing these items you have saved them from ending up in landfills.

    Bamboo

    Bamboo is one of the Earth's most beautiful and eco-friendly materials. It is stylish and sturdy, and is used for everything from kitchen plates to furniture. If you are doing a remodel, you can even do your floor in this gorgeous material. Bamboo is a sustainable crop that grows ultra-fast over-and-over again in its original soil.

    Window Treatments

    Do not underestimate how huge of an impact the right window treatments can have on the environment. The right shades or curtains that keep the elements out can help keep a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Therefore, your home will use fewer natural resources to cool and heat. Coincidentally, this positively affects your pocketbook, too.

     

    Recycled Art

    Today, gifted artists use everything from old vinyl records to seatbelts to design art. If you are going to purchase art anyway it might as well be something that is not biodegradable and needs to be recycled into something to avoid polluting the Earth.

     

    Cork

    Cork has become one of the most popular materials ever. It is not quite near bamboo status, but it certainly is making its mark. Cork floors are just as gorgeous as wood, but a little softer to walk on. You can also by cork furniture, art, etc., as well.

  • Essential Elements for Your Home Bar

    Chances are pretty good that if you have a home bar it is probably in your finished basement. It is also very likely that this is the most popular place to be in the house when you have guests over. If you are finally finishing the bar area that you have been working on for a while, you are probably looking for decorating ideas. This list should help. Alternately, if you are remodeling your current bar, you should find this list handy, too.

     

    Ethanol Fireplaces

    Basements are generally a little colder than the rest of the house. Plus, if you are entertaining then you would probably appreciate elements that create a little ambiance. Ethanol fireplaces take care of both. They do not require venting and they don't produce smoke, so you don't have to worry about the air being affected. Ethanol fireplaces are available in wall, freestanding, and tabletop varieties, so you should have no problem finding one to perfectly complement your space.

     

    Lighting

    The right lighting is crucial in this type of environment. It is hard to kick back and relax when lights are too bright, but you don't want to have to grab the flashlight to see what bottle of liquor you are grabbing either. Recessed lighting is always ideal. Drop pendants can create a dramatic display, but make sure no one will hit their head on them. Since basement ceilings are typically low, you will need to really evaluate any lighting you consider buying, and make sure you keep your taller guests in mind.

    Bean Bag Chairs

    Not everyone enjoys sitting on a stool or in a tall chair. Not to mention, there may not be enough seats at the bar for all your guests. If you are going to furnish this area anyway you might as well do it with furniture pieces that everyone will look forward to sitting in. You really cannot go wrong with beanbag chairs. They are unbelievably comfortable, fun to look at, extremely durable, and some even have covers that remove and clean in the washing machine.

     

    High-quality Blender

    If you intend on making blended drinks you are going to need a high-quality blender. A cheap one is simply going to mix the liquid and half-heatedly chop the ice into somewhat smaller pieces. The blender you buy will ultimately dictate how eager you are to use it when guests arrive. If it is in the budget, Vitamix blenders are highly recommended. Plus, you can use it to make your morning smoothie, and it will double as a food processor.

  • Things to Do with a Wood-burning Fireplace

    If you are like much of the population, you have learned how harmful wood-burning fireplaces are to the environment and your health. So, now the question you are probably asking is, "What am I supposed to do with my fireplace?" This is likely the focal point of your living space, so to just leave it empty would essentially turn it into an eyesore. Below are three things you can do to put that centerpiece to good use.

     

    Add an Ethanol Insert

    You do not have to completely say goodbye to a dancing flame, you simply need a more environmentally-friendly option. By adding an ethanol insert you can still cozy up next to a warm relaxing fire anytime you want, but in a safer and cleaner way. All you have to do is clean the fireplace one last time really good, and then place the ethanol insert inside. Whenever you want to enjoy a fire you simply add ethanol fuel and ignite. It creates no smoke and no mess, and you don't have to worry about maintaining a dirty wood pile. Ethanol grates also make great housewarming gifts for those you know are moving into a house with a fireplace, especially if you know the person shares your protective views on the environment.

     

    Fountain and Plant Display

    If you do not have pets that will want to dig in the dirt or eat the plants, this is the perfect space to create a display of living art. Plants that thrive in shade include gardenia, herringbone plant, peace lily, Thanksgiving cactus, coleus, snake plant, prayer plant, fancy leaved caladium, and emerald feather. You can also place a tabletop fountain inside the bottom of the fireplace and add potted plants all around. However, ideally, the water feature will be situated just outside the fireplace so the evaporated water can go directly into the air of the room.

     

    Pet Den

    If you have a small or medium-sized pet, this space could easily be transformed into a den-like sleeping area for them. Again, make sure it is cleaned really good first. Add a pet bed or layers of warm fleece, and they will have a favorite place they can escape to whenever it's time to take a nap.

     

    Wood

    If you miss the look of wood being indoors, you could always fill the space with logs, and place a bio ethanol fireplace somewhere else in the room so you enjoy the best of both worlds. You could also pull the wood out around a holiday to fill it with seasonal décor. Stuff it with pumpkins at Thanksgiving, gourds at Thanksgiving, and presents at Christmas.

     

    Things To Do With A Non-Working Wood-Burning Fireplace

  • Décor Pieces to Make Your Office More Comfortable

    Whether you have finally been promoted to have your first very own office or if you have been looking at the same boring walls for years, but have not got around to decorating, these décor ideas will help. You spend about one-third of your life at your job; so truthfully, it only makes sense to make this space as comfortable as you possibly can.

     

     

    Personal Ethanol Fireplace

    There are few things more soothing than a warm dancing flame. A personal ethanol fireplace is an essential in your office. The tabletop or small freestanding ones will be perfect. It does not create smoke, so venting is not needed. When you need to leave for lunch or you are done work for the day, you simply snuff the fire. Plus, office buildings are often chilly, so this will keep you toasty. Don't be surprised if your coworkers make excuses to stop in just so they can get warm.

    Tabletop Fountain

    Like a personal ethanol fireplace, a small tabletop fountain on your desk, a shelf, or the floor is another essential. It does not matter how stressful your day is or how horrible your morning meeting was, the soothing sound created by the water feature will help relieve your stress.

    Decorate the Walls

    Your boss probably does not want you hammering nails into the walls, but you don't have to. There are mounting supplies that stick to the wall and allow you to hang photos, light art pieces, etc., and then they remove from the wall without causing damage. You can even buy corner shelves that literally fit right into a corner and do not need any hardware to stay put.

    Plant

    A plant is an absolute essential in an office. Living art will breathe life into a drab space, especially if you don't have a window to look out of. Place a few in the corner on the floor, or pick up a cheap plant stand at a garage sale. Cacti are great, if you get sunlight. If your office is dim, keep this in mind when picking your plants. You should not have to fight to keep them alive.

    New Chair

    A comfortable work chair is extremely important. It will affect how well you ultimately perform at your job. An uncomfortable chair can be distracting. It can also cause a sore back, aching in the legs, tension in the neck and shoulders, and a headache. If your boss will not buy you a decent chair, splurge on one yourself. You can always take it with you when you move to another office.

     

  • Tips for Decorating Your Summer Kitchen

    If you are building a summer kitchen or moving into a house with one then you might not be quite sure how to go about furnishing and decorating it. Anyone who has ever had one will tell you that this will be the most popular room in the home from spring through fall. When temperatures dip at night, or it starts to rain while guests are over, everyone will move into the summer kitchen to continue socializing. This room will ultimately probably end up getting used more than your regular kitchen.

     

     

    Have Fun with Color

    Since this room is separate this is your chance to have fun with color, patterns, and themes that won't match the rest of your home. Maybe you want to turn it into a French bistro or 50s diner, or perhaps you want the space to look like one giant picnic. Whatever the case is, you can really have fun with this room!

    Add a Heat Source

    Quite often, you are going to retreat to this room because it has cooled off. Alternately, in the spring and fall you might just try to make the most of this space, but you will need warmth to do so. Bio fuel wall fireplaces are ideal. They mount on the wall, so they are out of the way. The fuel is environmentally friendly and does not need venting, and they create ambiance. Bio fuel wall fireplaces are excellent to also add to your primary living space, if you don't already have one.

    Bring Summer Inside

    Just because there are plants, flowers, and trees within view right outside the door does not mean that you shouldn't add some to your summer kitchen. If you are creating a seaside look don't forget sand dollars, sea shells, and natural sand.

    Don't Forget Your Floor

    Whether you have carpeting, tiling, or hardwood floors, you are going to want to add some rugs. This area will experience a lot of foot traffic. Don't assume you have to get boring dark rugs to hide the dirt though. There are light-colored and patterned outdoor rugs that are nice enough to pass for indoor ones, but simply get sprayed off with a hose.

    Stock it Thoughtfully

    You don't want to have to run to your main kitchen every time you need salt and pepper, dish soap, or a spatula. Furnish your summer kitchen with everything you need, and you will be able to relax and enjoy the space just a little bit more, without having to worry about what you have forgotten or what your guests might need.

  • Add Elegance to Your Outdoor Patio with These Décor Pieces

    Some people love decorating their outdoor space in fun colors and patterns. However, there is no rule that says your patio has to look like you are having a tiki party. If you prefer a more upscale look, you can certainly achieve an elegant look outdoors with the right décor. Below are a few elements to add to your space that will help create a classy display and sophisticated atmosphere.

     

     

    Tabletop Fireplaces

     

    If you only shop for one thing on this list let it be tabletop fireplaces. These are essential pieces to your outdoor living space for more than just aesthetic reasons. Sure, they help create an upscale vibe, but they also warm your guests, create a focal point, and help increase security in the dark.

     

    Outdoor Lighting

     

    since a lot of entertaining will take place after the sun goes down you will want to choose your lighting appropriately

     

    Since a lot of entertaining will take place after the sun goes down you will want to choose your lighting appropriately. Tabletop fireplaces will provide some light, but you might need more. Solar lights are really ideal. Rather than string Christmas lights around the patio and fencing, buy string lights made for year-round use, so you don't look like you are creating a confusing medley between a festive display and contemporary patio.

     

    Formal Settings

     

     

    Your patio table is worthy of the same settings as your indoor dining room table. Table runners and decorative placemats that complement cushions and rugs are ideal. You don't have to use plastic outside either. Consider hearty materials, such as bamboo, melamine, wood, or stainless steel. If you are buying pieces individually consider purchasing one extra of everything, so you have it in case you need it. Most importantly, don't forget the centerpiece regardless if it is inside or outside.

     

    Water Element

     

     

    The right water fountain will bring sophistication to the space. Obviously, a tiered one with frogs, birds, etc., will not help create the look you are trying to achieve. Don't be afraid to add a glass freestanding fountain to your patio. They are significantly more durable than you might expect them to be. If you have an exterior wall that you can mount something on you could always go with a wall water feature. Ideally, water will always be paired with fire, so the fountains should share the space of your tabletop fountain.

     

    Stunning Rug

     

     

    One element most overlooked by people when decorating their outdoor space is the rug. Many people are not aware that there is a huge selection of outdoor rugs that are nice enough to use in your home, but designed for the outdoors. A rug will essentially be the piece that pulls your space together.

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  • Heating Sources for Your Restaurant's Outdoor Patio

    As spring quickly approaches you are probably getting increasingly eager to open the outdoor seating at your restaurant. Now is the time to start hiring more staff to make sure everyone is properly trained for the busy season. Now also happens to be the time to start thinking about how you are going to keep all those customers warm when the sun goes down. Not to mention there are always customers eager to start sitting out there as soon as the temperature warms up just a bit, but then they realize how chilly it still is once they sit outside a while, and become a little miserable. If you have a sufficient heat source then you can keep them warm while they are getting a jump on spring. This will also come in handy in the fall when folks just are not quite ready to let go of their favorite season yet.

     

    Ethanol Fireplace Burners

     

    EBG2100 Bio Ethanol Fireplace Grate

     

    There are some ethanol fireplace burners that are designed to use indoors and outdoors, so you can place them in a fire pit and arrange seating so patrons can warm their toes while they sip cocktails. Ethanol fireplace burners use bio ethanol fuel, which is smoke-free, odorless, and environmentally-friendly. The flame is real, and it will even create ambiance. They are also very convenient because when it is time to close the restaurant for the evening or if it starts raining and you need to move guests inside, simply snuff the flame and you can light it again later.

     

    Patio Heaters

     

     

    They may not look as nice as a realistic flame, and they certainly do not create the ambiance of an ethanol fireplace burner, but they can provide heat to a fairly large space quite quickly. These are great to use alongside a fire element. There are some patio heaters that have small tables, which will be ideal if your customers tend to mingle, or if you offer more of a bar atmosphere in the evening. There are also some that can be mounted from a beam or inside a patio umbrella.

     

    Tabletop Fireplaces

     

     

    Decorative tabletop fireplaces can be scattered around your restaurant patio, and as their name implies they simply get placed on a table. They are available in bio ethanol and gel varieties in a wide variety of styles. These are also ideal to use as a centerpiece on large tables, and they will provide a little extra light, which enhances security.

     

  • Things to Always Have for a Cozy Winter

    Even if you love winter and you enjoy playing in the snow you likely appreciate being warm, comfy, and cozy when you come indoors. Below are things you always want to make sure you are stocked up on, so you can enjoy that "snug as a bug in a rug" feeling all winter.

     

     

    Soft Blankets

     

    Sometimes, it is nice to turn the heat down an extra degree while you are watching TV just so you can snuggle up under a blanket. However, scratchy blankets, or those that "ball up" when you wash them will definitely lose their appeal. Paying a little extra for a quality fabric that washes well is always recommended.

     

    SoHo Wall Mount Bio Ethanol Fireplace - Anywhere Fireplace

     

    Fuel for Ethanol Fireplace

     

    Hopefully, you have already purchased a bio fuel fireplace like most of your friends, family, and neighborhood have. These allow you to enjoy a warm dancing flame with no smoke, no mess, and no damage to the environment. Of course, the last thing you want is to go to light it on the coldest night of the year and realize that you are out of fuel. Keeping fuel for ethanol on hand should definitely be at the top of your list.

     

     

    Fuzzy Slippers

     

    If your feet are warm the rest of you will stay warm. Plus, if you work in high heels or if you are on your feet all day, a soft pair of warm slippers will feel wonderful when you get home. Keep a few extra pairs handy for when guests stop by.

     

     

    Hot Cocoa

     

    Even if you do not love chocolate you cannot pass up the opportunity to indulge in a cup of hot cocoa from time-to-time. Getting cozy under a blanket, in front of the fire, with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa is the perfect way to spend a day. Of course, this means you also need to keep a bag of marshmallows handy, too.

     

     

    Emergency Items

     

    There is nothing worse than losing power in the middle of winter. Of course, if there is a blizzard outside the last thing you probably want to do is risk driving to the store for water, batteries, candles, etc. Besides, by the time you get there nearly everything will have already been picked over. Stock up on emergency essentials year-round, so when you need them they are there for you. Get in the habit of buying one candle, jug of water, etc., every time you go to the store and you will always have more than what you need. Plus, if you have fuel for ethanol fireplace on hand, at least you will have one heat source to rely on when your furnace is not working.

  • The Contemporary Look – Interior Design Pieces

    Renovating and bringing a new look into home doesn't have to be tedious, time-consuming, and costly. Oftentimes, a new look is easily achieved by creating focal points in spaces.  Ethanol fireplaces easily become wonderful centerpieces. Without the need for gas lines and propane tanks, these nifty fireplaces is perfect for any home.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Enjoy an Environmentally-friendly Fire in Your Wood-burning Fireplace

     

    EBG2100 Bio Ethanol Fireplace Grate EBG2100 Bio Ethanol Fireplace Grate

     

     

    If you read that title, scratched your head and possibly even did a "head tilt" your dog is so famous for, rest-assured this is a perfectly normal reaction. There is absolutely nothing environmentally-friendly about a wood-burning fireplace. So, how are you supposed to enjoy a fire in one without worrying about deforestation and damage being done in the environment? Well, believe it or not, this is easily accomplished by using one of the grates or inserts we have available here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros.

     

    EB4800 Bio Ethanol Insert EB4800 Bio Ethanol Insert

     

     

    What are Grates and Inserts?

    The fireplace has likely long been the centerpiece in your home. You probably have a ton of memories you have enjoyed there, from warming up after sledding or ice-skating on the pond to opening presents in front of it Christmas morning. So, simply letting it go to waste is a little saddening. Fortunately, thanks to grates and inserts you don't have to!

    These products allow you to transform that beautiful wood-burning fireplace into one that can be enjoyed with a clear and safe fuel source, known as bio-ethanol. They simply get placed inside and you can enjoy a fire in an instant. You will never have to scoop soot and ash or have your chimney swept again because this fire is clean and maintenance-free.

    What is Bio Ethanol?

    Bio ethanol is a fuel source that has been popular with environmentalists for quite some time. Do not feel like you are "behind the times" though, if you are just learning about it. It has only recently become super popular in consumer-based products. Bio ethanol fireplaces were extremely expensive and limited in design many years ago, but thanks to such a high demand, there is now a huge selection to choose from, and one to fit in any budget.

    Ethanol is produced from agricultural feedstock, making it a quasi-renewable energy source. This feedstock use photosynthesis for growth and mature rapidly. Examples include sugar cane, barley, hemp, potato, hemp, sunflower, sugar beet, corn, wheat, and molasses. The cellulose part of the plant gets broken down to sugar and converted to ethanol.

    Getting Started

    There is no lengthy installation process to transform your fireplace. All you have to do is pick one of the ethanol grates or inserts we have here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros, and place your order. In the meantime, you can clean your fireplace out one last time and get rid of that wood pile. When your grate or burner arrives you place it inside, pour in the fuel, ignite, and enjoy your clean and odor-free fire.

  • Freestanding Fireplace | An Interior Design Piece

    Vitrum H Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace Vitrum H Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace Width: 31.5" Height: 23.5" Depth: 12"

     

    Imagine the possibilities of a freestanding fireplace-one that can easily be moved where you want it to be; from the living room to the next room. More than just warming up the home, a bioethanol freestanding fireplace is an interior design piece that can be a focal point of any space in the home without needing to make alternations to accommodate one. Besides the health benefits of having a bioethanol fuel such as no toxin and odor, these fireplaces need no logs to poke or soot to clean.

     

    Eco-Feu Wellington 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Wellington 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace Depth: 7.87" Width: 33.47" Height: 22.84" Weight: 58 lbs.

     

     

  • Ethanol Fireplaces: The Easiest Way to Achieve a Contemporary Look

    Eco-Feu Wellington 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Wellington 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 7.87" Width: 33.47" Height: 22.84"
    Weight: 58 lbs.

     

    Do you love the look of contemporary spaces, but simply do not have the funds to completely redecorate your room? Maybe money is no concern; you love your furniture and color palette, but wish the environment looked a little more modern. Perhaps you have tried to mimic the look of a room in a magazine, but your home just does not look as contemporary as the print one you are trying to copy. Whatever the case is you will quickly discover that an ethanol fireplace can be your best friend. These stunning pieces of functional art are as modern as they get, and have the ability to completely transform the look and feel of an entire room. This is the element your room has been missing.

     

    Wall

    Luna Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace Luna Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace
    Width 23.5" Height: 20.5" Depth: 7.25"

     

    You really cannot go wrong with a wall ethanol fireplace. Since it is mounted at about eye-level it will capture the attention of every person entering the room. If you take a look at our Diamond 2 Bio-Ethanol Wall Fireplace you will agree that it will demand attention, even when it is not lit!

    Another great thing about creating a contemporary space with a modern wall fireplace is that it will be out-of-the-way of little fingers and paws, making this variety very popular for homes with children and pets. These pieces can be mounted on virtually any wall because they do not need venting, and you are not restricted to a wall with an electrical outlet.

     

    Freestanding

    Veniz Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Veniz Bio-Ethanol Fireplace
    Dimensions L 23.6’’ x H 5.1’’ x D 16.1’’
    Dimensions with Glass: L 25.5’’ x H 19.6’’ x D 16.9’’

     

    This type of modern fireplace allows you to warm your toes in unparalleled style! Freestanding ones can be placed anywhere on the floor. Some choose to keep them near a wall or at least out-of-the-way of foot traffic. However, if you are enjoying a bottle of wine with friends or lying on the floor, enjoying a movie marathon, you can always move one of the lighter ones close to you. Our Tectum S Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace is a great example of one that can be moved where you want with ease. It is compact yet bold, and its 1.5-liter burner will generate approximately 6,000 BTUs for up to six hours.

     

    Tabletop

    Nu-Flame Caldo Tabletop Fireplace Nu-Flame Caldo Tabletop Fireplace
    Height: 20.07" Width: 9.25" Depth: 9.25"

     

    Even if you buy one of our wall or freestanding fireplaces, you will want to check out what we have available in our tabletop category. Forget lighting four-wick pillar candles throughout your home that can create a wax mess; tabletop ethanol fireplaces are the way to go. These polite-sized pieces can be placed in every room of your home, even the bathroom! Our Eco-Feu Stratus Biofuel Tabletop Fireplace is an elegant option that will complement any of our larger styles nicely. Of course, they can be used as a standalone attraction, as well.

  • Fireplaces: Wood-burning vs. Ethanol

    Eco-Feu Vision II Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Vision II Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 10.24" Width: 28.74" Height: 16.63" Weight: 70 lbs

     

    If you have always loved a wood-burning fireplace, you may be skeptical about ethanol varieties. You might wonder if they create the same ambiance or you may just be curious about the fuel source itself. If you have recently been introduced to them or have read about the dangers of wood-burning fireplaces then you may simply wonder what makes ethanol such a popular pick with environmental enthusiasts.

    Smoke

    As you know, wood creates smoke when it burns. In order for this to even happen, it has to rob the room of oxygen. Have you ever stopped to think about what smoke actually is? It is a collection of gas, liquid, and solid particles, including carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. This destroys the environment and compromises your health. Ethanol fireplaces do not create smoke. They use a clean-burning fuel source that does not have a negative effect on the environment or your health.

    Fuel

    Obviously, a wood fire requires a tree. Unfortunately, trees take a long time to grow. Every year, deforestation becomes a greater issue. These are needed to absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen. Not to mention, deforestation leads to animal habitat loss.

    Imagine warming up next to the flame provided by our Eco-Feu Santa Cruz 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace. Not only is there no smoke or toxins to deal with; you do not have to be concerned with deforestation. Bio ethanol is produced from agricultural feedstock, such as potato, sugar cane, and corn. These are all crops that can be grown lightning fast.

    Consistency

    Have you ever noticed that as soon as you finally get comfortable or the movie starts getting good, you are suddenly cold? It is time to get up, poke at the fire, and possibly throw another log on. Then, you have to deal with it being overly hot for a while. This hassle does not even consider the time you spent getting the fire going to begin with.

    The modern pieces we have here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros allow you to enjoy a dancing flame with a consistent temperature. Plus, all you have to do to get it started is pour the liquid into the burner and ignite.

    Maintenance

    There is nothing "fun" about a wood-burning fire. You have to maintain a dirty wood pile that attracts rodents and insects, and you have to scoop soot every day. Add the fact that you are forced to scrub a disgusting layer of filth off your walls when you do your spring cleaning. By the way, that layer of filth is also in your lungs.

    Bio ethanol fireplaces are maintenance-free. Pouring in the oil is all you need to do. It is the cleanest and healthiest fire you can enjoy.

  • Hassle-Free, Smoke-Free, Odor-Free Fireplaces

     

    Eco-Feu Vision II Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Vision II Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 10.24" Width: 28.74" Height: 16.63"
    Weight: 70 lbs

     

    Want the warmth and coziness of a traditional fireplace without the hazardous emissions that threaten yours and your loved ones' health? Bioethanol fireplaces is the thing for you! More than being a state-of-the-art invention, it is a versatile and fantastic solution for interior design challenges. Indeed, having a fireplace has become a love affair without the complications of construction, chimney or gas lines. You can choose from a variety of designs to compliment your home or office; and choose to have it mounted on a wall, or have one that's freestanding or one that's tabletop.

     

    Eco-Feu Paramount Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Paramount Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 13.78" Width:s:35.43" Height: 35.43" Weight: 99 lbs.
  • How Safe Are Freestanding Fireplaces?

    Eco-Feu Vision II Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Vision II Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 10.24" Width: 28.74" Height: 16.63" Weight: 70 lbs

     

    You always remember the first time you see a freestanding fireplace. If you have recently been introduced to them at a cocktail party or simply visiting a friend, you were likely immediately drawn to its unique, contemporary design. You probably had an "I must have this!" moment, but then started wondering if one would really be practical in your home. Maybe you just now stumbled across them while browsing our site, looking for a different style.

    What is the Perfect Environment?

    Essentially, the perfect environment to add a freestanding ethanol fireplace to is one that could use warmth, ambiance, and a dynamic focal point. Right about now you are probably thinking that this describes just about every room in your home, right? Well, fortunately for you, they can be placed anywhere. These unique pieces have the ability to transform an ordinary space into one that is much more modern. Do you already have a contemporary theme? One of these fireplaces will be the finishing touch that ties the room together.

    Will it Tip Over?

    The biggest fear people have is that the fireplace will get bumped and tip over. Since it may be placed in front of the sofa or an angle by your favorite reading chair, you may think you will walk right into it. Why is this? You probably do not walk into the coffee or end tables, ottoman, pet bed, or any other obstacle, so why would a fireplace be any different? Besides, a small bump is not going to knock these things over. They are far more stable than they may look. Some are quite heavy, too.

    Are They Really Safe?

    When you think about it, with a wood-burning fireplace there is always a concern of hot sparks flying out on the carpet or nearby furniture when the fire crackles. Plus, a chimney fire is always a possibility, as well. These are not concerns with freestanding varieties.

    Ethanol fireplaces create no smoke and require no venting, so you never have to worry about a chimney fire because you will not be using one. These fires are generally contained behind safety glass, and if they are exposed, they do not crackle wildly like a wood fire. The flame they create is more predictable and consistent.

    If you have always avoided a wood fire in your home because you do not like the idea of going to bed with a fire still burning, then ethanol fireplaces are perfect for you. When you are ready to go to sleep, you simply extinguish the flame.

    It is also safe for your health because it does not dangerously diminish oxygen levels, and it does not release harmful toxins into the air you breathe. It is a safe, odor-free, and brilliant fire you can enjoy in an instant.

  • Wall Fireplaces | Perfect For Small Spaces

    A wall fireplace is perfect for homes with small spaces. It's ventless, smokeless and odorless. It requires no special installation, mounting is easy, operation does not need any special servicing. You don't have to spend the whole day trying to rearrange the furnitures to find the available space that is not there. All you have to do is pick a wall, have it mounted and instantly create a stunning focal point that will instantly add a warm and inviting ambiance to your home.

     

    Square XL 2 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Square XL 2 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace
    Product Dimensions: 59"L x 22"H x 7"D Weight: 128 lbs

     

    Create a serene and spellbinding décor with this Square XL 2 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace. This unit has 4 ethanol burners that will create the perfect flame to warm and enhance any space. Its adjustable heat warms up your surroundings while a realistic looking flame adjusts to fit your mood. This ethanol burner can be hung anywhere – living room, bedroom, family room, and dining room alike.

     

     

    Luna Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace Luna Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace
    Width 23.5" Height: 20.5" Depth: 7.25"

     

    Luna Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace is a beautiful addition to any room. It has a modern look and style that will enhance any room. With its compact size you can place it almost any where.

     

    Magnum Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace Magnum Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace
    Width 43.5" Height: 24.5" Depth: 8.75"

     

    The Magnum Wall Mount Ethanol Fireplace is a masterpiece! With a stainless steel frame and 3 burners this fire can burn for up to 5 hours. It is also available with optional safety glass. You can hang this fireplace on the wall or recess it.

  • Reasons to Add a Modern Wall Fireplace to Your Waiting Room

    Eco-Feu Wellington Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Wellington Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 7.87" Width: 33.47" Height: 22.84"
    Weight: 53 lbs.

     

    Considering clients, patients, and customers spend their valuable time in your waiting room it only makes sense to create a comforting environment. After all, regardless if you will be performing a root canal, doing their taxes, or defending them in a lawsuit, you are the person who has to deal with them after they have looked at the clock on their phone at least a dozen times. No one enjoys waiting, which is why it is puzzling that so many businesses fail when it comes to decorating a room that will essentially set the tone for their guests' experience.

    Modern Wall Fireplaces Are Perfect

    If you are looking to add one thing that will have a monumental impact on your waiting room, you will want to browse the wall fireplaces we have here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros. Below are a few reasons why they are perfect for this space that plays such a huge role in your daily business activities.

    • Focal Point - Does your living room and bedroom at home have a focal point? It more than likely does, whether you realize it, or not. Humans have the need for a strong point of interest, so their eyes can come to rest. Does your waiting room have a dynamic focal point? Probably not! Most don't, which is unfortunate because the need is there. Those walking through the door should immediately have an element that captures their attention.
    • Warmth - Every time the door opens in the winter, a cold draft comes rushing in. Our Eco-Feu Infinity Biofuel Fireplace sure would be nice to warm up next to. Even in the summer there are probably people always complaining that they are cold in the waiting room. These individuals who always seem to be cold while everyone else is hot will appreciate taking a seat near the fire.
    • Relaxing - As if waiting does not frazzle the nerves enough, if people are already sick, injured, or stressed before coming to your establishment, these feelings become stronger every second they wait. A dancing flame creates a calming ambiance, which will relax those who are in its presence.
    • Out-of-the-way - One of the reasons why business owners choose wall ethanol fireplaces is because they are displayed in a safe location. Since they mount on the wall there is no concern of little fingers getting near the flame or someone knocking the fireplace over. Plus, since it is up on the wall, it can easily be appreciated by everyone in the room.
  • Benefits Of Bio Ethanol Fireplaces

    A bio ethanol fireplace is a versatile device designed for space heating purposes and a fantastic solution for interior design. A bio ethanol fireplace requires simple mounting and comes in a wide range of designs to suit any decor.  Because it is emits no smoke or odor and doesn't require any chimney, it can be installed in areas where mounting a traditional fireplace is impossible.

     

    10' Grande Fire Water Fountain - 2 Burners 10' Grande Fire Water Fountain - 2 Burners
    Dimension: 118"H x 48"W x 18"D
    Weight: 400 lbs

     

    Whether you are looking for a piece to add to your home or office to create definition between two rooms, or a wonderful accent for your outdoor space, look no further, the 10' Grande Stainless, Clear Glass with Dual Burner Fire Kit is the perfect choice. Made of Stainless Steel and tempered glass, these features are designed for years of use and enjoyment. Rated for all weather conditions, they can be used indoor or out. Water glides along the mirror and into the basin below, creating a wonderful, soothing sound. The burners have built-in dampeners to adjust the height of the flame or extinguish it completely using the included dampener tool.

     

     

    Bellezza Recessed Bio Ethanol Fireplace Bellezza Recessed Bio Ethanol Fireplace
    Width 47.25" Height: 23.75" Depth: 7.25"

     

    The Bellezza Recessed Bio Ethanol Fireplace can also easily be hung on any existing wall. to add an echo of sophistication to any space. It features 2 burners, black powder coating inside and stainless steel frame.

     

    Tab Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace Tab Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace
    Width: 13.9" Height: 11" Depth: 4.75"

     

    The Tab Tabletop Ethanol Fireplace features a stainless steel base and glass walls on either side with a 0.7 liter burner. Simple and elegant,it will give you at least 2 hours of burn time per filling with an estimated 2000 BTU Output.

  • Stay Warm during a Power Outage with Ethanol Fireplaces

    Eco-Feu Majestic Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 17.7" Width: :43.31" Height: 27.56"
    Weight: 104 lbs.

     

     

    As you have probably already noticed, power outages always seem to happen on the coldest, dampest, or windiest days. A winter storm is bad enough, but when the lights flicker once and then everything goes out and it is snowing out, you know you are going to be in for a long, cold night. Of course, if you have a couple ethanol fireplaces you may not be crying when you learn that your estimated restoration date is several days away.

    Are They Really Warm?

    Many people look at these modern fireplaces and assume they are only for show. This is absolutely not true. They kick off a significant amount of heat, so while one small one will not heat a whole house, it could keep the room you are occupying quite comfortable. If you have a few to light, you will be even warmer. For example, our Orlando Bio Ethanol Fireplace is one of the medium-sized freestanding varieties. Although it weighs nearly 100 pounds, its wheel base allows it to easily be moved where you need it. The burner holds 50oz of fuel, and will provide a heat capacity of 9,553 BTUs for approximately six hours.

    Are They Safe?

    If you are not familiar with ethanol fireplaces then you might be wondering how it is safe to have a fire in a home without it being vented to release toxins outside. Well, this is because there are no toxins to release. There is no smoke either. This type of fireplace burns bio ethanol fuel. This is an odorless, clean fuel source that allows you to enjoy a fire anywhere. This is good news for you and the environment.

    Are They Difficult to Operate?

    Enjoying a warm fire was never achieved so easily. All you have to do is pour the fuel in the burner and ignite. The heat is instant and remains at a consistent temperature. If you need to leave the house to go get takeout or a coffee, you can simply extinguish the flame and light it back up when you get home. It should also be noted that the flame will provide you with a little needed light once the sun goes down and the house gets dark.

    Helpful Tips

    If you only have one or a couple small fireplaces, the goal is to keep the room you are occupying warm. Closing the doors will help contain the heat in one area. If you have one of our tabletop ethanol fireplaces then you can easily move it into your bedroom with you. You may even want to light that one a little before bed and put it in your room with the door closed, so it will be warm in there when you are ready to sleep. Always keep plenty of fuel on-hand, so you have it available when you need it the most.

  • Tabletop Fireplaces for Every Room in Your Home

     

    Chantico Stone Bioethanol Fireplace Chantico Stone Bioethanol Fireplace
    Dimension: 16.30"H x 17.72"W
    Weight: 59 lbs

     

    Do you generally have candles burning in every room of your home? It is nice to have the ambiance welcome you as you walk from one room to the next, even if you are the only one home! Maybe you barely burn candles at all, but wish you could have a warm fire to enjoy after a long day. Whether you appreciate a fire for its ambiance or warmth, or a little of both, tabletop fireplaces should be a staple in your home.

    What Are They?

    Chantico Simple Commerce Bioethanol Fireplace Chantico Simple Commerce Bioethanol Fireplace
    Dimension: 16.46"H x 13"D
    Weight: 18l bs

    Tabletop fireplaces give you the warmth and calming atmosphere you love in a dancing flame, but in a safe, odor-free, and environmentally-friendly way. They are essentially "mini" fireplaces that burn bio ethanol. They do not create any smoke, so no venting is needed, and they will not diminish oxygen levels, so they can be used anywhere, even an apartment complex. This also means that you can add one to every room in your home.

    Decorating Ideas

    Eco-Feu Horizon Biofuel Fireplace Eco-Feu Horizon Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 15.6" Width: 13.47" Height: 16.93" Weight: 16 lbs.
    • Living Room -The room you probably spend the most time in either relaxing or entertaining is likely your living room, and therefore should have a tabletop ethanol fireplace. It will create the focal point your space might be missing! You can place one on an end table or the entertainment center, or for a dramatic display, check out our Planika Coffee Fire Long Bioethanol Fireplace. This gives you a coffee table and fireplace in one contemporary piece.
    • Dining Room - Skip the candles or vase of flowers on the table and opt for a centerpiece that will really have your guests talking! Our Eco-Feu Sunset Biofuel Fireplace just might inspire more frequent dinner parties.
    • Bedroom - Fire is very calming, which makes the bedroom the perfect room in the house for an ethanol fireplace. Whether you watch TV or do a little reading before bed, enjoy a fire to help calm your mind. You can extinguish it whenever you are ready to go to sleep, but if you fall asleep, it will go out on its own when the fuel is done.
    • Bathroom - Why not enjoy a spa experience right from home? You can place one of our smaller styles right on the vanity to enjoy while you soak in the tub. Of course, you will want to have this one lit when you do have guests over to create a nice element of surprise in a room that often lacks in décor. Our Mika Ceramic Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace would be perfect for this room.
    • Office - Whether you work at home or use your home office to check your email and read, this is the perfect room for one. It can go right on the corner of a desk or a small side table.
  • Create the Ultimate Focal Point with a Recessed Wall Fireplace

     

    Planika Shark Bioethanol Fireplace Planika Shark Bioethanol Fireplace
    Dimension: 648"W x 297"H x 177"D Weight: 16.5 lbs

     

    As if a modern ethanol fireplace does not already create the most dynamic focal point a room could possibly hope for, now consumers have the option of adding a recessed variety to their space. If you are like most others you came to Ethanol Fireplace Pros looking for a traditional wall style, but then you stumbled upon the recessed options, and now everything has changed. Now you have no idea what you want! Sure, you have probably seen these gorgeous pieces in movies or even your favorite five-star restaurant or wine bar, but who knew they were available for residential use?

    What Are Recessed Fireplaces?

    Recessed fireplaces are installed right into a wall of your home. An appropriate size hole is created, and the fireplace is put inside and secured in place using the included mounting hardware. You may be assuming that this is a monumental project, but it is a lot easier than you think.

    First, unlike an electrical fireplace, this variety needs no wiring, so you do not need to worry about hiring an electrician for the installation. Second, since ethanol fireplaces do not create any smoke they do not need a flue. So, unlike a traditional wood-burning fireplace, major structural changes to your home are not necessary. The frame of the fireplace keeps the heat from entering your walls. Some styles even come with optional safety glass.

    Benefits

    Obviously, the biggest benefit to be received by a recessed wall fireplace is the bold focal point it creates. Even an unlit one manages to draw the eye. If you have children or pets in the home, you could not ask for a safer option. The fireplace can be mounted at a level where there is no risk of fingers or paws getting burned. Plus, since they are generally at eye level, they can easily be viewed and enjoyed, regardless where you are sitting in a room.

    As mentioned, these fireplaces do not create smoke, which means there are not toxic particles released into the air that you breathe. This is good news for you and the environment. If you love the look of a fire, but hate the way they smell, you will appreciate that recessed ethanol fireplaces are odor-free.

    Also, since they require no floor space, they are ideal for small homes. Their clean-burning fire is inviting, calming, and environmentally-friendly. Plus, you may be quite surprised at how much warmth these pieces provide.

  • Decorating Your Business with Ethanol Fireplaces

    Vitrum L Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace Vitrum L Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace
    Width: 31.5" Height: 23.75" Depth: 12.5"

     

     

    It does not matter what type of business you have; it will benefit from an ethanol fireplace. A warm, inviting fire is something every person coming through your door will appreciate. Fire is calming, allowing the individual to immediately relax and start their experience with you in a positive way. So, whether you have a small consignment store, corner café, law office, or medical practice, you will have no problem finding a fireplace here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros that will complement your space perfectly.

    Determine Your Needs

    Sure, you say you are going to buy just a small wall fireplace for your waiting room, but it will not be long before you are adding to your collection. You may already know you want one for a couple walls and maybe a few for desks or tables, so you already have a list of your needs. You will find that the styles available here are quite contemporary and nearly all will complement one another. Do not feel as though you have to stick with one style. For example, if you prefer the elegant look of glass, and you really like our Nu-Flame Accenda Cylinder Tabletop Fireplace you could pair this up with the Irradia and Ardore, also by Nu-Flame, and all three tabletop varieties would look fantastic with our Melina Wall Mount Bio Ethanol Fireplace.

    If your budget only allows for you to get one for now, but you know you will want more later, start with your favorite and build on from there. Quite often though, it is easiest to buy the largest one that will be the focal point and add on smaller ones later.

    Where to Put Them

    Maybe you know you want a modern fireplace, but you are not quite sure where it should go. Well, as mentioned, the waiting room is always a recommended place. You might as well give your clients, patients, or customers a welcoming and comfortable environment to enjoy while they wait. If you have a customer service desk where people check in, pay for items, request information, etc., this is the perfect place for a tabletop ethanol fireplace. This is especially true if you accept payments at this desk, as the fire will relax them when they feel their wallet getting lighter or their credit card balance growing.

    Freestanding fireplaces are extremely stylish and provide a substantial amount of heat, but they should be reserved for mature environments. An accounting office, spa, and bridal boutique are good examples. Always make sure it is placed out-of-the-way of foot traffic. You may know to walk around it if it is placed in the middle of the floor, but those visiting your business for the first time could turn around and walk into it. When in doubt, wall varieties are always a safe pick, as there is no risk of them getting tripped over.

  • Electric vs. Bio Ethanol Fireplaces

    Everyday consumers are faced with the huge decision of choosing between bio ethanol and electric fireplaces. If you were comparing an ethanol variety to a wood-burning fireplace, there would be no comparison at all, but electric is a worthy competitor in the fireplace industry. However, although there is not necessarily a right or wrong product, there are a few reasons why many people do choose ethanol instead. These reasons may help you make a more educated buying decision.

    Style

    There are gorgeous styles available from both fuel sources. Both are available in wall varieties. If you are looking for a freestanding style then ethanol is the obvious pick. There are electric floor models available, but you do need to be close to an electric outlet, and you don't want to risk anyone tripping over the plug, so this style is generally placed right against a wall. If you are looking for one that offers a great amount of versatility, check out our Spectrum Freestanding Bio Ethanol Fireplace. It should also be noted that tabletop ethanol fireplaces are available, too!

    Flame

    An electric fireplace is lovely to look at, however it does not offer a realistic flame. If you want a fire that actually looks like a fire, then ethanol is for you. There is nothing fake about it. These fireplaces provide instant heat, and the flames dance madly. Those looking to replace their wood-burning fireplace with an electric or ethanol one will be interested to know that we have grates and inserts here at Ethanol Fireplace Pros. So, you can essentially transform your home's beautiful centerpiece into a more enjoyable one that still offers a realistic flame.

    Environmental

    Both styles are far more environmentally-friendly than burning wood. That being said, ethanol definitely dominates this category. Some forget that electricity uses fossil fuels, which emits a lot of CO2 into the air. This is responsible for global warming. Ethanol is a clean-burning, odor-free fuel source that is created by fermenting agricultural feedstock, such as potato, corn, sugar cane, and beets. If you are looking for an option with the smallest environmental impact, it is ethanol.

    Maintenance

    The great thing about these types of fireplaces is they are virtually maintenance -free. An electric variety can be operated with a remote control. With an ethanol fireplace, you simply pour in the fuel and ignite. There is no clean up.

    Reliability

    Here is another area where ethanol comes out ahead. If there is a power outage in the middle of winter, that electric fireplace is not going to do you any good, but you will have plenty of warmth from an ethanol one!

  • 4 Types of Ethanol Fireplaces for Your Modern Living Space

    If you have a modern home then you probably already know that a bioethanol fireplace will complement it exquisitely. They are essentially pieces of art on their own that just happen to provide a lot of great benefits. Although they have been around for a while, more and more people are being introduced to them every day. If this sounds like you and you have not begun to shop for one yet you are probably wondering what type of selection you can expect to find. Well, be prepared to be delighted; most have no idea such an extensive selection is available until they start browsing our site.

    1. Freestanding - As the name implies, these striking pieces can be placed anywhere on the ground, as long as they are not in a walking path. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes, so there is one to complement any modern space. Some offer a bold styling with the use of black, red, or white ceramic while others are almost entirely made of glass. The flame looks brilliant behind the glass due to its reflective nature. There are even some large enough to use as a room divider.
    Eco-Feu Vision III Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 10.24" Width: 59.06" Height: 16.63" Weight: 90 lbs.

    1. Tabletop - If you are looking for the highest level of creative flexibility, you want to check out the tabletop fireplaces. These pieces can essentially be placed on any flat surface, and they are light and compact enough to move around. They are also a great complement to a larger one. Put one on your dining room table as a centerpiece and another on your end table to replace that giant candle ready to drip wax everywhere. Put one on your dresser to relax you while you watch TV before bed and another in your bathroom to create your own personal spa.
    Eco-Feu Juliette Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 5.91" Height: 12.6" Weight: 11 lbs.

    1. Wall - Nothing can compare to the commanding presence of a wall ethanol fireplace. Since these pieces are mounted on the wall at eye level they are naturally the first thing you focus on when you enter a room. This is extremely beneficial. Fire has inviting, calming, and relaxing properties, so this really should be the first thing you and your guests see when you walk in a room. Plus, if you have children or pets, you do not have to worry about them getting too close to the fire.
    Eco-Feu Santa Cruz 2-Sided Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 7.87" Width: 47.24" Height: 22.84"
    Weight: 79 lbs.

    1. Recessed - These are just like wall varieties, but instead of being mounted on the wall, they are installed into the wall to provide an incomparable level of sophistication.
    Eco-Feu Wynn Biofuel Fireplace
    Depth: 8.07" Width: 35.83" Height: 31.9"
    Weight: 70 lbs.
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