Can I be frank with you? I have a major pet peeve when it comes to fireplaces. And yes, you're probably thinking "Erin, you have way too many pet peeves." It's true, actually; I do. But this pet peeve? This pet peeve is justified (in my head, at least).
I despise a perfectly functional fireplace that has been ignored. You know the kind -- the over-sized mantle hosts a few family portraits and a seasonal wreath or two, but that's it.
I recently asked a friend why she doesn't dress up her fireplace and she replied "Because it's already beautiful!" WRONG! Wrong, wrong, wrong. Tell me, ladies -- would you refuse moisturizer in the evening because you're already beautiful? Never! You wouldn't ignore your skin, so don't ignore your fireplace. It's the focal point of any room, and it's much more high maintenance than you'd think. Click the gallery above to learn how to beautify your fireplace!
Whatever you decide, be sure to bring that fireplace back to life. After all, focal points need love as much as the next architectural element (if not more so!).
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