How to Use your Fireplace During Summer

Are you looking for ways to make your fireplace useable and to have it serve as a focal point even during summer? Here are some tips for New Jersey homeowners on how to continue to use your fireplace even during the warmer summer months.

Burn Candles

Switch out fire logs for traditional candles to keep out the heat. You can use scented candles for a little aromatherapy or even colored candlesticks to add a touch of color to the room.

Summer Decor on Mantel

Liven up your fireplace by decorating the mantle with pieces that celebrate summer. If you want a nautical feel, place pieces of art with sailboats, anchors and boat wheels. For a feeling of a day at the beach, fill glass jars with seashells and arrange pieces of driftwood around. You can be patriotic all summer long by using accents of stars and stripes in colors like red, white and navy.

Plants and Flowers

Add a natural element to the space with plants. You can place a few herbs and spices in flower pots to create a small indoor garden. This will not only add some color, but also fresh aroma to the room.


If plants aren’t your thing, you can even fill a small aquarium with tropical fish and surround it with large stones, or small colored glass stones.

Twinkle Lights

Dress up logs with twinkling string lights, to give off the illusion of warmth without lighting a flame. Wrap a string or two of the lights around the logs and place them in the fireplace.

With a few simple modifications, you can switch up your fireplace style for each season. Friends, family and guests will be impressed by your style and creativity.

For more information about fireplaces in New Jersey, call us at 609-586-3344 today!

5 Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace Mantel

Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your fireplace mantel a beautiful focal point. Here are some tips that you can use year-round to create gorgeous displays that complement your style and show off your passions.

Hang Up a Mirror

Hanging a mirror over your mantel offers an elegant touch and adds symmetry to the room. Additionally, depending on the amount of windows in the room, mirrors help bounce natural light throughout the room.

Showcase Art or Photos

Display your favorite pieces of art or figurines on your mantel. You can even place photographs of loved ones for guests to see every time they visit.

Bouquet of Flowers

Typically, it is not advised to have plants or flowers above your fireplace, but when the fireplace is not in use, the mantel is perfectly safe for your flora babies. Placing a vase of fresh, or artificial, flowers adds a natural element to your living space. Plus, it allows for more color in the decor.

Display Fragile Collections

Want to show off your newly acquired China or antique dishes passed onto you by a relative? Now you can by using small plate stands or easels to display your favorite fragile dish collection on your fireplace mantel.


For a fresh mantel, place candles or even sconces on the wall above mantel. This brightens up the room and draws more attention to your hearth.

Bowden’s Fireside offers a large selection of fireplaces and accessories for New Jersey homeowners. For more information, call us today at 609-586-3344.