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Outdoor Decor: Summertime Patio Ideas

For most of us, summertime brings nostalgic memories: time off from school, playing with friends, taking family trips, and, above all, spending lots of time outdoors. Carefree school days might feel like they’re a lifetime away. But there’s no reason adults can’t recapture summertime outdoor experiences. Continue reading

Featured Walls: Ideas for the Wall Behind your Fireplace Mantel

Creating a featured wall is an easy way to give a room a makeover. In a room with a focal feature, such as an ornate headboard in a bedroom or a gorgeous mantel in a living room, you can make the wall an extension of that special feature. Here are a few ideas of how to use color, contrast, and texture to showcase your mantel and take a wall in your home from ordinary to extraordinary. Continue reading

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COMPANY NEWS: New Metalwork Options

Last month we introduced our new accessory line, including fire tool sets, log racks, and firescreens. This month we are excited to announce that we’ve expanded our metalwork options. Now you can order certain mantel surrounds with beautiful metal add-ons. Keep reading to see pictures of some of these mantels with metal. Continue reading

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What’s Hanging Above Your Mantel? Surrealism

Surrealism is not for everybody. This art movement’s alternative – some might say warped – view of reality can be unsettling. But many art fans find surrealism intriguing and mentally stimulating. As we know, art is in the eye of the beholder. Here’s a little background on surrealism to help you decide whether it’s a good fit for your mantel. Continue reading

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Valentine Fireside Romance

Fireplaces have a reputation for putting people in the mood for love. A 2014 University of Alabama study concluded that watching a fire together lowers people’s blood pressure and makes them feel more relaxed and sociable. Matt Rossano, an evolutionary psychologist at Southeastern Louisiana University, says people are wired to get together around fires at night and converse. Continue reading

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Introducing OWS’ New Line of Accessories

A few months back, we previewed our upcoming line of accessories. Now we’re proud to announce that our specially selected fireplace accessories are now available to our customers. Accessorize your hearth with our line of beautifully crafted mantel shelves, fire screens, log racks and fire tool sets. Continue reading

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January is National Sunday Supper Month

Back when the world moved at a slower pace, Sundays were a day of rest, capped off with a family meal. Since Sunday is a school/work night, this meal often served as a combination of lunch and dinner and took place in the late afternoon. It was a time when different generations of family and friends sat together, sharing food, stories, jokes, and wisdom. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Color for Your Mantel

Most people have probably never considered the finer differences between light, neutral colors like buff and cream. This is usually the domain of interior decorators, wedding dress designers, and stationers. But if you’re planning home improvements without the help of a designer, these can be surprisingly important color distinctions. Continue reading

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Starting 2018 Off With a New Year Sale on Mantels

We hope you all had a memorable holiday season with loved ones surrounding you. Our favorite holiday tradition is lining up the stockings on your fireplace mantel, as it puts mantels in the spotlight – just where they belong! To help you ring in the new year, we’re offering a 10% discount on all cast stone fireplace mantels all month long in January! Continue reading

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

Getting in shape, losing weight and getting out of debt usually tops the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions. But if your home could talk, what would it want for 2018? Here are five ideas for making your home – and its inhabitants – happier in the new year. Continue reading