When we moved into our home three years ago one of the biggest perks was it had a working fireplace in the living room. We LOVE building fires in the cold New England winters. Nothing is more relaxing than getting cozy on the sofa with a glass of wine and staring into a blazing fire. Our fireplace has a lot of charm and character but the red brick and maroon floor tile wasn’t the look I was going for. I wanted something a bit more modern and light.
The good news, is that the fireplace has great bones! The wood mantel surround is chunky and frames the fire beautifully. I knew at some point down the road we would update this into a beautiful focal point. But before that could happen we had more immediate concerns like re-painting this kermit the fog green wall color (no offense to anyone who likes green I’m just more of a blue/gray girl).
This winter we knew it would be the perfect time of year to update the brick. With measurements and inspiration in hand, we hit up our local tile shop. I highly recommend going to a local shop because they sometimes have a clearance room where you can find great deals. You should have seen my face when the clearance room had exactly what I was looking for at half the price (jaw on floor). We chose a herringbone White Statuary Calacatta, Polished Marble Mosaic for the surround, and a Residence Ash Lappet Porcelain floor tile (it picked up the gray tones in the marble beautifully). Both of these were super marked down!
We considered DIYing the tile but decided to hire a professional because we found such a great deal on the tile and didn’t want to waste any material with with our learning curve. However, we did all the prep work ourselves. By ripping up the old floor tile, sanding down my white wash effect and removing the black insert we were ready to go!
Tile in process…
Once the grout was finished we were ready to put back our grate that covered the fire and as we have little kids we really like using this as it’s an extra precaution. Instead of putting on the black crate I decided to use a high heat spray paint in silver to freshen up the metal and give it a nice sleek modern look. This is what we used here.
I felt the black would be too strong a contrast and would take away from the chevron pattern and airy white/gray look.
I hope you liked our fireplace transformation! It was a great investment for our home as we spend a lot of time in this space, especially in the winter months. Thanks for stopping by!
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As you all know this time of year is busssyyyy!! My seasonal decorating services give families one less thing to have to worry about during this hectic time of year. I’ve had the pleasure of decorating dozens of houses for fall and Christmas. I know it gets harder and harder for families that both parents work to find the time to make their house feel festive for the holidays.
Creating that cozy, magical feeling in the home is often the last thing most people feel like doing on their weekends off from work. That’s where I can help! This fall I brought seasonal decor to the door of four houses. My clients came home to their front door decked out for Fall. In the past I’ve also helped my clients decorate their home for Christmas as well. From mantels, entry ways, front porches and living rooms, imagine coming home to your house decorated for you to enjoy.
I love adding vintage items, signs, and fresh produce to create these little fall outdoor vignettes. They are so welcoming!
Depending on the package the client selects each adorable house gets special treatment. This fall was all all about corn stalks, handmade wreaths and fall produce and sometime surprise vintage decor or crafted items by yours truly.
I’m giving all my locals the heads up that I’ll be offering a limited number of Christmas Decorating services so reach out to me if you’d like to have holiday decor checked off your to do list. I typically do these the week or two after Thanksgiving. If you are not local, I could still assist you in achieving your holiday decor dreams with a virtual e-design with shopping links, I just need a picture of the space you want to freshen up with new holiday decor.
Here are some details:
This Christmas Season JorDecor will be offering Christmas Styling services on a limited basis. JorDecor will come into your home for 2 hours and use YOUR Christmas Decor to style and decorate your Porch (or Door), Mantel or Table. There are only 5 spots available for this service. It is on a first come first serve basis for a flat rate of $150
If you need additional items to be purchased for your space, set your shopping budget and I’ll purchase items for the areas you’ve selected from above, add another $25 for the hour of personal shopping.
Available styling dates are:
November 30, December 5,6,7 or 9th
Christmas Decorating Service Starts at $150/$175 for Styling and hour of personal shopping (plus shopping budget allotment)
Jordan is an interior stylist and home decor blogger. She has cultivated a following of women looking to her for decorating advice! She inspires people to create a home they LOVE through documenting her own home, crafts, DIY’s and shopping trips to her favorite home decor stores. JorDecor is your girl for a daily dose of fun and all things home SWEET home!
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