Fire up the Fireplace

I love this time of year, not just because the season is filled with merry and good cheer, but because the chilly days also mean a return to the seasonal ritual of lighting fires in our fireplaces. If you have a fireplace in your home you know just how wonderful and romantic they can be around this time of year. The aroma of a burning fire brings back fond memories and always reminds me of the holiday season.

When I purchased my home, Rosebrook Gardens, in 1997, my then fireplace was nothing more than a switch on the wall to turn on and off. Here in the United States, a fireplace is often listed as a requirement for many home buyers – I know it was for me – and having one or adding one can increase your home’s appeal and add both value and functional style. My once-gas fireplace was quickly converted to a wood burning fireplace faster than it took for my furniture to arrive! I strongly felt that if I was to only have one fireplace in my Connecticut home it needed to be wood burning. You agree?

Truth be told, I also love to keep a cozy blanket and all the proper accouterments at hand for lighting my fire at a moments notice. In addition, I like to stock a Duraflame or two for those impromptu, easy fires. Right outside my back door, I have a decorative teak planter filled with my supply of wood. The proximity makes it easy to access when inclement weather arrives while keeping the wood dry and accessible. I keep a larger stash behind the garden studio, but I simply replenish my smaller “more convenient” supply on a weekly basis. Plus the decorative planter has a dual purpose – a terrific looking planter in the spring-time and a mini firewood collector in the winter.

A well-appointed fireplace offers a romantic and charming visual interest to any home. As the snow begins to fall, I’ll no doubt get “fired up” while nesting away the winter months with my miniature schnauzer by my side.