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How to Pick the Right Mantel for a Room

One of the hardest part of remodeling is deciding between a wealth of beautiful choices. At Old World Stoneworks, we’re guilty of presenting our customers with that problem. So today we’ll take a look at how to determine which mantel will work best in which room. Continue reading


Art Focus: What’s hanging above your Mantel? Understanding Mixed Media

Once you have the perfect mantel, you need art that compliments your furnishings. Some of our customers love to pick out art for their homes. Others aren’t quite so comfortable, and have a few questions about what to look for. So this week, we’ll continue our educational series of understanding different types of art with a look at mixed media. Continue reading

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Best Home Improvement Expos to Visit in 2017

Are you in a home design rut? Attending a home and garden show is one of the fastest ways to get new motivation and inspiration for your home design plans and projects. No matter where you live, there’s probably one near you. Here are a few of the especially notable home and garden shows around the US: Continue reading

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Old World Stoneworks February Newsletter

COMPANY NEWS: Still seeking before and after photos

Have you installed one of our mantels or range hoods in your home? Or are you about to embark on an installation adventure? From time to time, we like to reissue our invitation to guest star on our blog. We’d love to feature your renovation project in 2017. The year has gotten off to a quick start – it’s hard to believe we’re at the end of February already – but there are still ten months to go. That means lots of chances to share your happy hearth story with the OWS community. Continue reading

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This Old House – Fireplace Episode Recap

“What is this beauty right here?” Those are the words we’ve been waiting to hear all season, spoken by This Old House host Kevin O’Connor as he admires our Normandy mantel surround. If you’re as proud of what you make as we are, then you’ll understand our elevated heart rate and the shiver down our spine. Continue reading

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Styles of Range Hoods

Depending on the setup of your kitchen – and how much you are able or willing to remodel – one style of range hood will probably work better than another. Whichever kind you install, your kitchen air quality and atmosphere will improve dramatically. Range hoods remove excess heat, provide additional lighting, make the air cleaner and generally improve your property value. Here are the main styles of range hoods. Continue reading

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Old World Stoneworks January Newsletter

COMPANY NEWS: The Year of the Mantel!

We hope you’ve had a great start to the New Year. At Old World Stoneworks, we’d like to suggest that you make 2017 the Year of the Mantel! Isn’t it time you installed the beautiful new mantel you and your home deserve? If you want to join us in making 2017 a year of home upgrades and overall beautification, contact us today. We are standing by, ready to serve your needs. Continue reading

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This Old House: Episode 9 Recap

After a holiday hiatus, we finally got our first This Old House fix for 2017.

The Arlington Arts & Crafts house is coming along nicely. The new family room addition is framed, as is the second floor addition and the third floor playroom. In this episode, show host Kevin O’Connor and contractor Tommy Silva work on the roof to the new addition. Tommy introduces Kevin to a product called Wacky Wood, which lends itself to the curved shape of the new roof. Regular plywood has multiple thin sheets with the wood grain on the inner sheets perpendicular to the grain on the outer layers. This makes the boards stiff. But the three thin layers of Wacky Wood feature grain running in the same direction, making it pliable to the point of floppiness. It’s perfect for the curved sections of the roof. Continue reading

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Art Focus: What’s hanging above your mantel: Contemporary Artists

At Old World Stoneworks, we love to support artists from all over the country. And we hope you do, too. Our clients live all over the world. And so do contemporary artists whose works are worthy of hanging over your mantel.

This week, we’re going to celebrate contemporary artists – a few from Texas, and some from other states. And we’ll recommend how to find and support artists in your area. Whether you’re hanging an original work of art or a quality print, your art choices personalize your home and help support the arts. What could be better? Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings from Old World Stoneworks

Thank you from the team

2016 has been a fantastic year for Old World Stoneworks. We’ve had the opportunity to install some of our favorite projects, as well as continue to spread the message of our fine craftsmanship through our new website and even on television. For that and our continued success, Old World Stoneworks wants to extend a special thanks to all our customers (past, present and future) and wish you all a happy holidays and a fantastic new year. Continue reading

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Fire and Winter Solstice Traditions

It’s no surprise that winter solstice traditions would involve fire – after all, this is the shortest day of the year and needs some brightening up. At Old World Stoneworks, we love to celebrate any excuse to have a roaring fire and light candles.

This week, we’re going to look at our favorite solstice tradition that goes way back: the Yule log. Continue reading

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Quick Kitchen Makeovers For The Holidays

The holidays have rolled around again and many of our customers are saying, not already! Maybe they planned to have a new kitchen ready for this year’s Christmas feast, but time got away. Don’t worry. Even if you only have a few minutes, small changes can have a big impact on the way your kitchen looks. Ranging from instant gratification to a day-long project, here are a few ideas for quick holiday kitchen makeovers: Continue reading


Preparing your Fireplace for Winter

You might not be feeling the cold yet—but you will soon. And the best time to prepare your fireplace for winter is before cold strikes. Then, when the temperature drops, you’ll be ready for a nice, cozy fire.

Proper prepping is crucial for your safety. Done right, your fireplace is a source of warmth and joy through the long, cold winter. Done wrong? Fire hazard. Continue reading