Fireside Blog

Holiday Mantel Decor that We Love

December 1st, 2017

Christmas Mantel Decorations

Forget the Elf on the Shelf – although no disrespect to your Elf, I’m sure he’s a standup guy. I’ve just had bad experiences in the past with holiday-related espionage, and Santa doesn’t really need to know about all the things that happen in front the Washington household’s mantel. But I digress. The holidays are the greatest time of the year for mantel decor, and we’re excited to share our favorite odds and ends of the season. So bundle up under your warmest winter blanket and read on! Snowglobes Timeless, classic, and pretty to look at especially if you have lights strung along your mantel, as well. Snowglobes also make wonderful collectibles, so your mantels can have a little bit […]

Seattle Attractions to Inspire both Indoor and Outdoor Decoration

November 8th, 2017

Seattle Attractions

The Seattle area is home to some incredible sights, both natural and manmade, that can provide unique inspiration for your housing and landscaping. It might be presumptuous of us to put our Bellevue Showroom on this list, but here are our Top 7 Seattle Attractions that can influence the way you decorate and customize your home! Seattle Japanese Garden   The Seattle Japanese Garden is peaceful, calm, 3.5-acre sanctuary amidst Seattle’s urban chaos. It’s winding pathways are designed to promote a slow, meditative experience with plenty of places to stop and appreciate the sights and stillness. Each visit as the seasons change provides new beauty and new experiences, and we only wish our backyards could provide such profound feelings. Museum […]

Fireplace Maintenance Tips for the Fall

September 20th, 2017

Fall-Ready Fireplace Maintenance

Colder weather is well on its way here in the Pacific Northwest and that means it’s time to make sure your home is ready! Here’s what you need to know about fireplace maintenance to prepare for the changing seasons: Feeling the Louvers Louvers are designed to circulate air and pull it into the fireplace – that means if there’s anything on the floor or hearth around it, it’s going into the flames. Dust, pet hair, cobwebs, small scraps of paper, and so on could all be whisked up. It is vitally important to keep the area in and around your fireplace free of debris, so you should dust, sweep, and vacuum it regularly to keep your fireplace burning comfortably and […]

Fireplace Safety Tips for the New Fireplace Owner

August 29th, 2017

Fireplace Safety

You’ve signed every paper, unpacked every box, and jumped through every single hoop to purchase and move into your new home. Not only that, but you finally have a fireplace—something you’ve always wanted, but didn’t have before. Now that you have the home and fireplace of your dreams, make sure to learn not only how to use the fireplace, but how to use your fireplace safely. Keep It Clean First and foremost, have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected by the pros. This small investment in time and money is not only the responsible way to perform fireplace maintenance, but also is crucial to protect your home. Creosote buildup in a chimney means higher risk of a house fire, […]