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The Ugly Fireplace Makeover Winner

We are so excited to reveal the “after” photos from our recent Ugly Fireplace Makeover contest. After thousands of votes and some really deserving entries, the Roark family took home the gold! HERE’S THE BEFORE IMAGE We asked each entry to tell us about their ugly fireplace and why they deserve a makeover, here’s what Rozalin had to say, “Have you ever looked into a shattered mirror and were suddenly overcome with fear that you would be cursed with bad luck for seven years? Well, if not, I welcome you to look into the ugliest fireplace in DFW. A shattered mirror mosaic fireplace is what looks into my soul every day. I’ve scoured the internet, Pinterest, etc. for any ideas on how to fix this eye-sore and I have come up short each time. It mocks me, it shows me my pitiful, failure of a Joanna Gaines wanna-be reflection every morning as I drink my coffee in sadness. We inherited this mess of a fireplace 3 short weeks ago when we moved into our new home. Like all new homeowners, we were hopeful and excited to have a DIY project under our belts, but little did we know this is…

Intimate Fireside Valentine’s Dinner: Tips from a Dallas Fireplace Builder

Creating An Intimate Fireside Valentine’s Dinner: Tips from a Dallas Fireplace Builder Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and is the perfect reason to celebrate you and your partners love together. With more couples staying home this Valentine’s Day, it’s important to find ways to add ambiance and romance. Fireplaces help set the mood, provide a soft glow, and even act as the date’s focal point. As a Dallas fireplace builder, we know a few things about fireplaces! Whether you’ve been dating for a few months or married for years, we’ve put together our favorite tips for creating the perfect fireside Valentine’s Day. If Your Fireplace Has A Mantel – Use It The mantel on the fireplace is the perfect place to add Valentine’s Day decor. Showcase bouquet of roses in shades of red, pink, and white. You can even add rose petals across the floor in front of the fireplace. Place your favorite scented candles and light them to add your favorite scent and more romantic lighting. Make it personal and about your relationship by adding in photos from your favorite trips or moments.  Think Red When decorating for your fireside Valentine’s Day date, think of adding decor…

Best Fireplace Mantels for Christmas

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year. From hanging lights on your house to putting up the tree and decorating your mantel, Christmas inspires a feeling of love, happiness and nostalgia. Being fireplace designers, we can’t get enough of a well-dressed mantel, that allows your decor turn your fireplace into an eye-catching focal point for the holidays. From traditional to contemporary designs, take a look at a few of our favorites. While this technically doesn’t constitute a mantel, we love the way this minimalistic space has a classic, subtle Christmas flair. The oversized wreath, stacked logs and buffalo-check plaid turn this bright-white space into a cozy dream. Image Credit: The Faux Martha Modern farmhouse is all the craze, and this  Anderson + Grant post is the definition of elegance and no exception. Using neutral shades of white and grey stockings, classic draping garland, and gold candlesticks this mantel feels welcoming at first glance. Image Credit: Anderson + Grant If you’re one who prefers a classic Christmas palette of red, green, and gold – this design is for you. Originally posted on Pink Peonies, this design adds a burst of color to the white fireplace and stockings, drawing…

Mushroom Ricotta and Spinach Pizza (Gluten Free Version)

We were busy making pizzas over the weekend, on our new Ooni Pro… Here are a few different versions that we loved! We used gluten free pizza crust from unrefined bakery for mushroom ricotta pie. Ooni has a great GF version if you want to make it yourself.   Ooni Classic Pizza Dough This was such a simple and easy recipe to follow! We made the night before and stored in fridge until ready to roll into crust the next day! (kids love this part of the process, so make sure and include them)! Flour, salt, water and yeast – what do these simple ingredients have in common? They come together to create the perfect foundation for any good Italian pizza – perfect pizza dough recipe!IngredientsMakes 5 x 12in (30cm) pizzas – equivalent to 5 x 160g dough ballsorMakes 3 x 16in (40cm) pizzas – equivalent to 3 x 270g dough balls 1¼ cups (300ml) cold water2 tsp (10g) salt7g fresh yeast (if unavailable, use ½ tsp (3g) active dried yeast or ⅓ tsp (2g) instant dried yeast)4 cups (500g) “00” flour, plus extra for dusting MethodPlace two-thirds of the water in a large bowl. In a saucepan or microwave,…
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