As we continue into the winter season, temperatures will only get cooler. One of the best ways to keep your interior toasty during those cold winter nights is with a fireplace. Whether your home is equipped with an existing fireplace that could use a little sprucing up, or you need to start from scratch and have one installed, here are a few Atlanta area options to help warm up your interior.
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Warm Up: Installing A Fireplace
Hours: Mon to Thurs—10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat—10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun—Noon to 6 p.m.
If you don’t have an existing fireplace or the room to install one, modern innovations in design have thankfully evolved the concept of a “traditional fireplace” by creating alternative solutions. New to Atlanta, Bobby Berk Home offers compact and eco-friendly fireplaces that require no chimney or extensive installation. Model a tabletop fire or wall-hung unit that will enhance the look of your room without taking up space.
Safety First: Fireplace Inspections
Hours: Request Chimney Services
Before you lift a decorating finger, you should first have your fireplace inspected. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends owners have chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a certified specialist. As a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild of America, the Atlanta Chimney Doctor has been a fireplace resource in Atlanta for over 20 years. Providing fireplace, chimney and dryer vent services, the company prides itself on white glove service that is competitively priced and essential to the upkeep of your chimney.
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Encase It: Decorative Fireplace Mantels
Hours: Mon to Fri—9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat to Sun—By appointment
If you enjoy the finer things in life, Francois & Co. is your showroom for luxury fireplace mantels. Offering four mantel collections, this company can design your dream fireplace enclosure down to every detail. Choose from classic reproductions or evoke a clutter-free serenity with a modern selection of mantels. A newly constructed fireplace mantel is the quintessential statement of affluence that will enhance your home.
Finishing Touches: Fireplace Accents
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This store provides a wide variety of fireplace accessories to Atlanta area residents looking to spruce up existing units. Replacing an old door can help transform the overall aesthetic of your fireplace. Decorative glass and multi-panel screen doors are a great way to introduce texture and sophistication into your abode. Do you want to add a little color to your fire? Exchange old logs for fire glass, a jewel-like glass crystal that can tolerate extreme heat. Regardless of your choice, new fireplace accessories will enhance your fireplace with minimal installation.
Accessorize: Decorative Details
Hours: Mon – Closed; Tues to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For those who enjoy decorating, try styling your existing mantel and surrounding fireplace area with home accents. Wall décor, ceramics, and vases are popular accessories for the fireplace that add character and flare. Traders is a local Atlanta merchant that provides design aficionados with an eclectic collection of home furnishings and décor. Use a few pieces or a wide assortment to turn your fireplace area into a decorative statement.
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