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I recently was asked my opinion on what a homeowner should do with her brick fireplace. She felt it was dated and she was looking for ideas. This got me thinking about how we can deal with these architectural features.
 
There are many different types of bricks, including concrete bricks and fly ash clay,  burnt clay, sand lime, and engineer bricks. According to TheBalance.com, bricks provide aesthetic, strength, porosity, fire protection, sounds attenuation, insulation, and excellent wear resistance.
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Here are some ways to work around brick from a design standpoint:
 
1.  Leave the brick as-is and add a chunky mantle. Sometimes I love brick, sometimes I don’t. If it lends itself to the history of the home or building, you may want to keep it. Can it be cleaned? Can you add a mantle to bring more attention to the fireplace, but yet play down the brick?  
2.  Paint it. Can the brick be accented or down played by painting it a deep color or white? What about a white wash enabling the brick to peek through? We once had a client who hated her 1950’s white stone fireplace.  It was in a midcentury home and I felt it added to the architecture of the home. In this instance, instead of painting the stone, we painted the walls an icy blue, which made the stones stand out, she found a new appreciation and now considers this a focal point of her home.
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3.  Drywall it. Another solution is to drywall over the brick and start fresh. Sometimes it just doesn’t work with the decor or lends itself to the space, and this can be a solution to start fresh. Once dry walled over, you can start fresh with tile or ledger stone, or just paint it.  Adding an mantel and artwork is a must as well! fireplacedrywall
 
A fireplace facelift can refresh your living space with a much needed updated look and feel. These are just a few ways to transform your hearth to become the heart of your decor! 
 

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What Inspires You?

July 18, 2017

We are around color every day whether it’s at a client’s home, out and about in town, or out in nature!  I find a lot of inspiration from nature especially.  Here is a great tool from Sherwin Williams  called
Color Snap.  You can snap a photo and the app will pull up corresponding colors from the paint line.  Often we have an inspiration piece such as a rug, piece of art or a patterned chair and this to can help to find that perfect color or colors!

I created these color palettes using ColorSnap® Visualizer for iPhone by Sherwin-Williams. What do you think?

Learn more about ColorSnap Visualizer and download it for free today by visiting http://www.sherwin-williams.com/colorsnap.

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Ten Tips for Choosing the Perfect Paint Color

May 21, 2017

By Kelly DuByne Over the years I have done hundreds of color consults. The basis of all my home designs – whether hanging art, furnishing a room, or doing a remodel – starts, and essentially ends, with color. Most people love color, but they are overwhelmed by all the possibilities, and thus choose to do […]

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Update Your Space with a Pop of Color for Spring

March 22, 2017

Spring is finally here and as I joyfully emerge from what feels like a winter hibernation, I am so happy to see color peeking out everywhere; in the sky, the ground and in the natural light of the longer days. This is the season where I love to wear dresses and colorful jewelry and shoes. Do you […]

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Backsplashes Add a Splash!

January 29, 2017

By Kelly DuByne Tile is almost always involved in our remodels.  For kitchens in particular, there is always a backsplash of some sort.  Backsplashes are most often the last of the finishes selected after the cabinets, flooring and counter selection.  Backsplashes can be subdued and blend in with the other finishes or the wall paint, […]

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How the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year Can Benefit You

December 18, 2016

By Kelly Dubyne Pantone announced the color of the year for 2017 in early December.  You may not think the color of the year has much significance but I am going to share with you how you can use it to make a positive difference in your life. As a designer, I get downright giddy […]

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A Step in the Right Direction: Shoe Storage Solutions for Any Space

May 17, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Cinderella wasn’t the only woman to ever have problems keeping track of her shoes. In fact most of us have a frustration over our shoe collection and our inability to keep them neatly organized. If you are like me, you probably have the original shoebox your pumps came in, and you try […]

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Doors: Opening Design Possibilities

April 26, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Windows and floors and doors, oh my! Windows and floors and doors, oh my! We all remember a similar rhyme from childhood (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), but now that we are adults, this revised version is probably a more accurate depiction of what scares us. Of these three design […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

March 15, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger We all know the line, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ No matter what the answer returned by the all-knowing reflective oracle is to that question, the unmistakable effectiveness of a mirror to add detail, form and function to a room is a sure thing. Mirrors can […]

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Not One, but Two to Color Your Year!

January 19, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Wrong again!  We’ve been wrong about the Color of the Year before, but this year, we not only guessed the color wrong, but also the number of colors that would be named. In November each year, Kelly DuByne and I like to take a shot at guessing which color Pantone will name […]

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