It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!

Given that an arctic blast has encompassed most of the United States and here in New England it’s -2 degrees this morning, I thought I’d get a post pulled together to shed some warmth on us all.  You all have seen my living room plenty of times and our amazing built-ins my dad added around our fireplace and hearth, but as a reminder here’s where we’ve been the last few years.

Living Room

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jake and I didn’t do much for gifts for each because we decided to give ourselves a huge gift and convert our fireplace to gas.  It was installed the week before Christmas and we LOVE it!

Living Room

We chose to add just a gas log set which still throws heat, although more minimally than a full insert.  This was a better choice for us since our thermostat is in this room and our house is only one zone.  Too much heat would cause our thermostat to turn off and then we’d have a very chilly second floor.  Plus this gives us what we really wanted – a nice clean burning fire to cozy up to with no mess and no fuss!

Fireplace

The glass doors we chose are bifold and fold back completely on either side which maintains our nice big hearth when the fire is on or off.  We also chose to go with a heavier steel frame which is really sturdy and durable, but also gives the whole thing a very rich look, we think.

Fireplace

When the gas is off the doors close up to seal out any drafts from the chimney.  There were so many door options and glass options, but we’re pretty decisive and were drawn to these options fairly quickly – steel frame, dark bronze color, the modern square handles and clear glass.

Fireplace

There were tons of choices on log sets too and we went with Charred English Oak logs in a 24″ set since we could fit it (standard is 18″) from Real Frye.  The whole process was made so easy since the fireplace store we worked with coordinated everything for us. If you’re in the Boston area, we visited Yankee Fireplace and Grill City in Middleton, MA.  Our sales rep, Sally, helped us with all our choices and was able to provide immediate pricing and feedback.  She also coordinated everything from the plumber for the gas install, the gas log installation, the door measurement and installation – it was all taken care of right from there.  All we had to do was meet them when needed and pay the bill!

Fireplace

Fireplace

It’s a great addition, right in time for these frigid temperatures and it’s beautiful to look at to boot! In the words of the illustrious Rolling Stones, “It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!”.

What are you getting cozy by this winter?  Stay warm and remember to keep your pets inside and warm too!

We were not assisted or compensated in anyway by Yankee Fireplace and Grill City for this install.  We just really enjoy the process of working with them and wanted to share our opinions!

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2 Years and Forever to Go..

Yesterday Jake and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary!  We kept it very low key this year (unlike last year) and simply enjoyed a champagne toast after work and went out to dinner at one of our favorite spots in our town.

Anniversary Snacks

This year rather than exchanging gifts we’re getting ourselves a big gift for both our anniversary as well as Christmas.  We’re converting our fireplace to gas and could not be more excited about it!  Real fires have been difficult to have this fireplace and we really want to be able to have a beautiful fire with cleanliness and ease.  We don’t need it to heat the house, so rather than a full insert that has a blower that throws heat we’ve chosen a simpler gas log set.  Our thermostat is in this room and our house is only on one zone, so if it throws too much heat we’ll have a very cold upstairs. This should do very nicely!

Log Set

The wheels are churning on this already and although it’ll be 4-5 weeks more before it’s all done (we have to have a door set made which takes the longest), we’ll keep you updated when we get there!

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Pillow Talk

I’ve been wanting to update our living room throw pillows for a while.  I made the ones that we had as one of my first attempts at sewing!

Living Room

I daresay the sewing machine was the one that triumphed.  The seams tore open and my poor measuring made for pillows that bulged awkwardly out of the back of the envelope enclosure or were ill-fitting at best.  They looked good for a bit and we don’t entertain enough for me to wake up in a cold sweat worrying about it so they’ve been that way for quite a while.  Being of sound mind (most of the time as you’ll see) I recognized that a heavier home decorator fabric would not only hold up better than the cotton I used, but would look much dressier and more “store bought”, so to speak.  Not wanting to toss my toss pillows just for store bought solutions I turned to my other best friend, Etsy!  (In case you’re wondering Pinterest ranks among my BFF status as well).

I found three different sellers each offering designs, colors and patterns that I just loved! And even better, the prices were that which I would pay or LESS than a yard of designer fabric even with sales and coupons!  The last and most obvious bonus: they would already be sewn!  So I cheated and shopped my tush pillows off.

I decided rather than the bright green I want more navy blue in the room to bring up the sophistication level a bit.  I bought two pillows from Pillomatic and they were custom sewn to the sizes I picked.  I chose a heavy weight solid navy for $16 and the navy cats eye (LOVE!) in a decorator fabric for $20.  This is a great shop with TONS of options!

Etsy Purchase 2

To bring back in the yellows/golds that I am really found of with the neutrals and browns in our room I shopped over at CholeandOliveDotCom.  I picked up the gold reversible scrolls pillow for $21 and the yellow floral reversible pillow for $13.  I’m still way under prices at stores like Target and even sale pillow covers at Pottery Barn!  This shop finishes their pillows with hidden zippers, too!  I’m all fancy-shmancy now!

Etsy Purchase

That being said, my last impulse addition was a total budget bust.  I can’t just tell you about all the good/frugal stuff can I?  Sometimes you’ve got to come clean.  And I fell in love with this custom designed fabric by LileputtStudio and dropped $58 ON A PILLOW.  And it’s not silk, or leather or fur… it just has birds on it… and it’s pretty….  #breakoutthestraightjacket

Etsy Purchase 3

I admit I might have strayed off my path there, but I’m over it and wrote it off as a birthday gift to myself!  I really love them!

Pillows

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The blue was a nice addition to the living room.  It was originally introduced by the quilt my sister made us and I really like adding more touches of it.

Living Room

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I think it would be nice to add a few more.  Not just for color and texture, but because I always seem to pile them all around me when I’m on the couch!  I wouldn’t mind more! The navy cat’s eye pattern is both Jake and I’s favorite (besides the birds!).  It’s just such a great pattern.

Pillows

Anyone else in love with Etsy?  There are all those talented people out there!  Got any sewing tips or a sewing blog to share?

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