Accessorising A Fireplace
For those of you who don’t know, late last year my boyfriend and I bought a house. We absolutely love the building, location and the oodles of original features it contained. We could have moved straight in, decorated and lived in it. But instead, we started renovations instantly. Knocking down every single stud wall making each room bigger and adding in features like en-suite bathrooms and a walk-in wardrobe. After 7 months of intense work (not by me, I must admit, we have had builders in every step of the way!) we are finally ready to crack on and paint walls, woodwork and floor.
It’s kind of crazy to think that the first Pinterest board I created for my house was a year ago. I created some boards around the main features of rooms, for instance, I knew I wanted beautiful tiling on the floor of our en-suit bathroom so I created this board all around bathroom tiles. In our bedroom we had a big beautiful fireplace with original tiles in the surround, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the inside of the fireplace or the mantel piece, so again, I created a Pinterest board to help me figure it out. After I found this pin, I loved the idea of filling the fireplace with candles, in particular Fornasetti candles – as they are my absolute favourite! However, when I tried it, I was a little disappointed that the grate disguised so much of the beautiful prints. Instead I put the Fornasetti candles on the mantle piece and went online to buy less ornate candles for the inside of the fire (more on that soon, I promise!). Another thing I needed to consider was colours, the floor will be painted white, the bed is also white, but the walls, bedside lamps and woodwork is blue. We have beautiful big stained glass windows which are shades of blue, yellow and occasionally purple, yet the fireplace tiles are green and white. I really wanted the fireplace accessories to pull all the colours together and make it make sense, to help combine the blue walls and green tiles, I placed some succulents around the candles, which also adds some nice shape and texture.
Without doubt, Fornasetti candles are my absolute favourite. They rule the roost when it comes to candles, not only are the scents stunning, but the vessels they come in are just as lust-worthy as the fragrances. Fornasetti home wear is super desirable and pricy (although I legit intend to own a vast collection of it at some point and I have even been eyeing up the wallpaper for the snug), the candles by comparison to the home wear are actually great value. Once you have burnt down the candle, you can use the pots as mugs, plant pots, desk tidies… anything you fancy! I have a bit of a collection of Fornasetti candles and my latest is from Amara, I love the half face print with the big red lips. It compliments my Giant Fornasetti Candle perfectly! As for the scent, it’s kind of an opulent woody-smoky scent. Stunning! Fornasetti candles are fairly exclusive and I have ordered a few via Amara now as they have one of the best selections in the UK and everything comes packaged perfectly to keep it nice and safe!
Do you have a disused fireplace in your house? If so, how have you accessorised it? I would love to hear your thoughts!