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Amhurst Shines in Wedding Chapel

Flower Mound is a friendly Texan town northwest of Dallas. Home to more than 165 species of wildflowers, it has the distinction of being ranked number two on financial site NerdWallet’s list of best place for young families in Texas. Flower Mound is also home to a remarkable chapel; Aristide Estate. Continue reading

whitmoore fireplace mantel

COMPANY NEWS: Gearing up for the Holidays

Are you planning family get-togethers for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Do you want family and friends to see your house at its most beautiful while you entertain? Then now is the time to upgrade your fireplace mantel or range hood. At Old World Stoneworks, nothing makes us happier than festive occasions in our customer’s homes. And we know the top two places families like to gather: In front of the fireplace, or in the kitchen near the range hood. Give us a call today and we’ll make sure you have the home of your dreams before the relatives arrive. Continue reading

Getting Ready for Your First Fire of Winter

At Old World Stoneworks, we’re excited about lighting that first fire of winter. But because we’re professionals, we know we have to slow down and make sure our fireplace is safely prepped before igniting any logs. Here are our best tips for readying your fireplace for the season’s first fire this winter. Continue reading

Places Behind the Names: Palermo

At Old World Stoneworks, we put our hearts and souls into making beautiful cast stone mantels. So we think long and hard how to name each new design. Many of our mantels are named after the world’s most interesting cities and this week we’ll learn about Palermo, Italy, the namesake of our Palermo mantel. Continue reading

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Spooky Mantel Looks for Halloween

The Halloween season is the only time most people want spiders on their fireplace mantel – and the bigger, hairier and scarier, the better. Same with ghosts in the house. Usually, not so welcome. But at Halloween, ghost motifs reign supreme. Here are a few ideas for a spooky Halloween mantel for your personal haunted house. Continue reading

whitmoore fireplace mantel

Project of the Month: Whitmoore Mantel – Dunning Project

Nothing makes us happier than seeing the transformations that take place in our customers’ homes when they install one of our beautiful cast stone fireplace mantels. So this week, we’ll look at the before, during and after as one family installs our Whitmoore mantel. Continue reading

Devon Mantel Close Up on Williams Project

COMPANY NEWS: Cozy Up in Front of a New Mantel This Month

Old World Stoneworks September 2017 Newsletter

Temperatures are slowly dropping, leaves are changing color, and that first whiff of autumn is in the air. Now is the perfect time to gear up for colder weather, and to upgrade your mantel before holiday mania sets in. To celebrate this change in the weather, we’re offering customers 10% off all our beautiful cast stone mantels through October 31st. If you’ve been thinking about improving the look of your hearth, or installing a new fireplace in any room in your home, give us a call today. Continue reading

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Best Practices for Building Fires in Your Fireplace

Fires are cozy, welcoming, and remind many of us of holidays and beloved family traditions. But if built improperly, they can also be dangerous. As we head into fall, this week we’ll review best practices for having a safe and lovely fire in your wood-burning fireplace. Continue reading

capri cast stone fireplace mantel

5 Fireplace Seating Ideas for Your Living Room

Now is the perfect time to look ahead towards fall and plan your most important home lounging space: fireside seating. At Old World Stoneworks, we’re connoisseurs of ways to curl up with a book, entertain, or cuddle our favorite canine close to the hearth. Your ideal fireplace seating depends on your personality and passions. Here are five ideas for the upcoming cool nights of autumn, to help you find your fireside personality: Continue reading

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Art Focus: Understanding Printmaking

For those of us who love our fireplaces, decorating our mantels and the surrounding area is irresistible. Often this involves finding the perfect piece of art to hang above a mantel — to make a statement, to tie a room’s décor together, or just because you love it. But as we talk to customers, we’ve realized many don’t feel confident in their art knowledge. Printmaking is especially mystifying. So this week we will seek to better understand this varied art form. Continue reading

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August Newsletter: Two Promotions this Month

COMPANY NEWS: Two Promotions this Month!

Are you feeling the back to school blues? Your friends at Old World Stoneworks want to cheer you up with not one, but TWO special promotions this month. Take advantage of 10% off all of our beautiful cast stone fireplace mantels AND 10% off our exquisite range hoods through September 30, 2017. Continue reading

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National Dog Day – Cuddle Up with Your Furry Friend in Front of One of Our Mantels

It’s something of a mystery how wild wolves evolved into the loyal dogs who share our homes today. As National Geographic has put it, the evolution of dog/human relations has been more about survival of the friendliest, rather than survival of the fittest. Some time long ago, a bold yet friendly wolf must have hung around a caveman long enough to start to form a bond. In the next 15,000 years, friendly wolves slowly developed into the labs and setters, the goldendoodles and chiweenies, we so love today. Continue reading

Mandalay Palace

Places behind the names: Mandalay

We love to name our beautiful cast stone mantels after the world’s great cities. This week we’ll explore Mandalay, Burma, for which our Mandalay mantel is named. This busy Asian city has played an important part in Burma’s history since its founding as a royal capital in 1857. With a current population of 1.2 million people, it’s now Burma’s second largest city and a center for business, education and health. Continue reading

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Places Behind the Names: The Brunswick

While “Brunswick” sounds very British, it’s the English spelling of Braunschweig, an old German city. Nowadays, towns called Brunswick have sprouted in many corners of the globe. You may have heard of a Brunswick in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia or even Chile. But as we examine the place behind our Brunswick Cast Stone Fireplace Mantel, we’re going back to the original town in Germany. Continue reading

Majorca mantel

July 23rd is National Parents’ Day – Show Mom & Dad You Care

Did you know that the third Sunday in July is National Parents Day? In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a resolution dedicating this day to “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Continue reading