My house has a very oddly placed, nonfunctioning fireplace that I was not sure what to do with when we moved in.  It's right in the heart of the home, not in an actual room (probably because our house is 120 years old, and it used to heat up the whole house).  It was closed off from above before we moved in, but I wanted to use it as a decorative focal point since it definitely stands out when you are walking through the downstairs.
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I purchased these interesting green, blue, and cream decorative balls which are usually used as vase fillers from Target.  Also from Target, I got this wrought iron candle holder that is usually used for the centerpiece of a table.  I bought a bunch of different sized candles to fill it up.  These two distressed wood candleholders were a great buy from Home Goods.  I also bought a wrought iron set of fireplace tools...just for decoration of course!
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Eventually I want to re-tile the bottom of the fireplace, but I need to practice my tiling skills first!  I plan on changing it up every season, but I think this works for the summer.  I can light the candles when we have company and it looks really pretty and simple. 

I had to add this picture of my dog, Boo.  It was very difficult to get her out of all the other photos, she was really determined to make it on this post!
7/21/2011 12:30:43 pm

I like the idea of all those candles where the fireplace is:)

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7/9/2012 03:13:36 am

make over is helpful to provide new look to anything and candles are use in this so this is the very creative move

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