Creating a Cozy Fireplace Scene

By Kerrie Kelly, ASID


The modern fireplace is more than just a place that provides warmth in the winter—it’s a natural focal point for any room. Whether it’s in the bedroom, dining room or living room, a fireplace is prime real estate for introducing more style and comfort to your home. From simple additions like accessories and bold artwork, to more complex alterations like new facing, there’s a way to create a cozy fireplace scene within every budget. Grab some cocoa and a snuggly blanket—let’s take a look at a few favorite ways you can create a cozy fireplace scene.

Fix Up the Facing


A new facing can completely change the look and feel of a space. It is a more complex option, but a new facing can go a long way. This is also a fantastic option for those wishing to truly overhaul the style of a room or the entire home—swap that outdated granite for a classic marble, or get the contemporary feel you’ve always wanted by introducing some funky tile. As a focal point, it can instantly elevate a room to its new potential. Cheaper alternatives are also an option for those looking for noticeable alterations without the major price tag. Simply painting brick a crisp neutral can add airiness to a dreary room, so don’t underestimate the magic of a can of paint for creating your new vision.

Update the Mantle


Similar to facing, changing up the fireplace mantle can help create a cohesive, updated look. Play around with materials and styles to make your fireplace your own. A simple, floating beam adds just the right amount of warmth for a rustic vibe, while a sleek and minimal mantle is perfect for a contemporary room. Add detailing to a bathroom or lush transitional living room with an intricate mantle—you’ll be sure to turn heads with your show-stopping focal point. For an easy yet significant change, consider painting your mantle a different color. An updated neutral is a wonderful go-to for a clean look, while an unexpected color adds depth and pizazz that is stunning all year round.

Play Around with Accessories


Adding just a few accessories can make all the difference when it comes to elevating the fireplace area into a cozy yet functional scene. Fireplace screens not only keep your surrounding area clean and safe, they’re an easy way to add another interesting pattern and/or material to the room. Firewood racks filled with logs add instant warmth and charm, and they aren’t just for rustic interiors—mid-century admirers will love a modern rack filled with decorative birch logs, while a more transitional interior is a great candidate for a simple yet elegant rack. Top off your cozy space with an antique fireplace tool set and you’re ready for winter entertaining around the fire.  

Add Some Dashing Decor


Take your cozy fireplace scene to a whole new level with some dynamic decor. The jewelry of the space, fireplace decor is all about adding a bow on the finished project and making your statement. Plush floor cushions or snuggly flokati rugs are fantastic for winter huddles by the fire. A welcoming fireplace scene wouldn’t be complete without fun decor on the mantle or hearth—from apothecary jars to glittering vases to branches or fresh flowers, decor options are endless with a wide range of color palettes and styles. Top off your fireplace scene with a bold art piece or a favorite mirror above the mantel and you’ve got yourself a warm and welcoming area.

What are your favorite elements of your cozy fireplace?

** Home design specialist Kerrie Kelly shares her decor tips online for The Home Depot. Kerrie’s interior design firm Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, regularly advises clients on decor solutions for all parts of their homes. For various fireplace options, visit the Home Depot website.

Fall Wreath Ideas

The leaves have started to turn, the temperature’s are dropping and candy corn is suddenly all over your local grocery stores. We may have already had the first “official” day of fall, but now we can actually see and feel it.

It’s time to bring in all of the summer decorations – you know all the bright colors, flip flops, beach themed items and feature some of those gorgeous fall colors with your home decor.  The first place to start is your front door and to help you we have collected some of our favorite fall wreath ideas from Pinterest!

Check out more of our favorite fall decor on our Pinterest page!

What are some of your favorite fall wreaths?

3 Trends with M/I Homes

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Building with M/I Homes in the Austin area last summer, with my husband, was such a fun experience. I fell in love with all of the upgrades that came with the home, the floor plans, and all the available options to choose from.  Three trends with M/I Homes that had me at first glance were the open kitchen floorplans, large windows, and tray ceilings.  I have to admit that these three added trends make for the perfect home.

Open Kitchens

Who doesn’t want an open kitchen for easy entertaining with family and friends?  Having a space that is functional and open for guest to congregate, allows for a nice flow when entertaining a crowd.  Being able to set the flow from kitchen to living room, to back porch,  when inviting guest over to watch a football game, or for a holiday dinner, makes for easy entertaining.

Open Layout Kitchen


Large Windows

Large windows in your living room definitely give a light and airy feel. Letting in all that natural light on a daily basis, can set the mood for the day. I love having the light flow into my home. When letting that natural light into your space through large windows, you can easily get the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. That’s exactly what it feels like in my home (photo below of my living room).

Nycia's Home


Tray Ceilings

Tray ceilings are always a nice accent to a master bedroom.  A tray ceiling adds height and architectural interest to a room, and makes for the perfect place to add a creative color accent and lighting in your space. The one in this MI/Home model in Sweetwater is perfectly styled with beautiful lighting

Master Bedroom with Tray Ceiling
Go visit M/I Homes of Austin and take a peek at some of their beautiful floors plans.

What are a few home trends that you are loving right now?


**Nycia Emerson is the founder and editor of She Inspires. She is also owner/wedding planner and designer at Inspired Events and Designs. She loves to inspire everyone around her and any chance she gets to  get creative brings her so much joy. She believes that living what you love and loving what you do, makes life much more peaceful.  She also believes that “Inspiration comes from the things that lift our spirits and allows us to love fully.”

4 Ways To Add Spring To Your Home

Finally, some warmer weather is moving in!  Are you looking for ways to spruce up your home for spring?  Check out the blog by one of our M/I homeowners and owner of She Inspires and Inspired Events and Designs.  She shows you great ways to update your home for Spring!

4 Ways To Add Spring To Your Home

Spring time is one of my favorites, and I can’t wait for the warmer days to take over.

The change of seasons always makes for the perfect time to pull out pops of color in your home and declutter. Adding a little touch of Spring doesn’t have to be complicated, and it definitely doesn’t have to break the bank. You can always get creative with what you have or bring in some inexpensive pieces to give your home a simple refresh. Try starting with these four simple ways to add a little Spring to your home.

**Nycia Emerson is the founder and editor of She Inspires. She is also owner/wedding planner and designer at Inspired Events and Designs. She loves to inspire everyone around her and any chance she gets to  get creative brings her so much joy. She believes that living what you love and loving what you do, makes life much more peaceful.  She also believes that “Inspiration comes from the things that lift our spirits and allows us to love fully.”

Living in Love with M/I Homes

Originally Posted on by Nycia Emerson

Looking for ways to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day?  Nycia Emerson is the owner of Inspired Events and Designs in Austin, Texas.  She recently went to one of our model homes  and put together fun ideas to decorate for Valentine’s Day!   Check out her post below:

Living In Love with M/I Homes

With love being in the air this week, there is no better place to start with LOVE then at home, adding that touch of love right in your own room….Why not?  So we are bringing you a little Living in Love from the master bedroom of one of my favorite one story floor plans with M/I Homes, the Brenham right here in Texas.

Bringing in a little touch of love to this bedroom, really set the mood. It’s as simple as adding a splash of red; through fun pillows, a lovely bouquet of roses, and of course you have to include the traditional conversation candies to your Valentine’s festivities. You to can add that simple touch in your own bedroom, it doesn’t matter if you are married or single. Everyone deserves to live in LOVE!


 How are you decorating your M/I Homes for Valentine’s Day?  Feel free to share photos with us on Instagram!



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