A peek at our new log burner with rustic oak beam
One of the things I detested most in our new home was the 1960s stone fireplace. It was not to my taste and I hated having to look at it everyday. It was pretty unavoidable as it was in the centre of the living room. The eye was drawn first to it as you entered. To make it worse, the hearth was created using two giant slabs of standard ugly concrete. There was no actual fire, just a grubby concrete hole. It didn't quite create the cosy homely environment I had hoped for when I bought my first home!
It had to go.
With other costly home improvements and a not so easy pregnancy taking priority, we finally got around to having our dream log burner installed this February. It couldn't have come a moment sooner, having moved at the end of May last year!
In keeping with a light and airy theme, we chose to have the hearth created from large stone coloured ceramic tiles. The inside of the void we left untiled and painted white to flow with the rest of the walls.
The fabulous oak beam was from a company who specialises in them, discovered on eBay. We felt we took a bit of a gamble with the oak beam. Every beam is different so you can only view photos of examples. Until it arrived it was a case of 'fingers crossed we'll like the beam we're sent'! Luckily we absolutely love it. It's totally perfect and just what we were expecting. Phew! I think it finishes off the log burner look just perfectly.
I like minimal, neutral and natural living environments which create a feeling of space with splashes of colour. We have gone for teals, blues and greens in the living area which I find very calming and pleasing to the eye. Ben was also very happy with the colour choice so no persuading or compromise needed!
I already had the two picture frames which matched our colour theme just perfectly. The one to the left was a birthday gift from my Mum and is really beautiful with the diamanté detail. The frame to the right was from Homesense (quite possibly my favourite home store ever!). The cream lantern was a Christmas present from my Mum, another excellent present choice!
The absolutely amazing teal stag wall art canvas is by Paper Panda.
As for the log burner itself, oh my! It is so wonderfully cosy! They really do heat a room up quite remarkably. I also find it mesmerising and relaxing to become lost in a daydream just staring at the roaring fire itself.
The new fire place definitely makes the room look modernised, but the log burner itself will make our winter evenings so much more enjoyable.