Category Archives: Cast Stone Fireplace Surrounds

Increase the value of your home with stone fireplace surrounds from Old World Stoneworks, manufacturers of cast stone fireplace mantels, surrounds, and cast stone range hoods.

Best Practices for Building Fires in Your Fireplace

Best Practices for Building Fires in Your Fireplace

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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 building a safe and lovely fire in your wood-burning fireplace. Continue reading

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How to Prep Your Fireplace for the First Fire of the Season: Fireplace Tips

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At Old World Stoneworks, we’re excited about lighting that first fire of the season. But because we’re professionals, we know the importance of slowing down and make sure our fireplace is properly prepped before igniting any logs. Here is how to prep your fireplace for the first fire of the season. Continue reading

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Outdoor Decor: Summertime Patio Ideas

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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

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Places Behind the Names: Valencia

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This week, we journey to the third largest town in Spain, the birthplace of paella, which has notable examples of both old and modern architecture: Valencia. We love this vibrant, livable city so much that we named one of our mantels after it. Continue reading

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COMPANY NEWS: Our New Accessories are Here!

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In the last few months, we’ve hinted at and previewed some of our new fireplace accessories. We are so excited to offer these beautiful accessories to our customers and we can’t wait to hear your feedback. Keep reading to see pictures of a few of our favorites. Continue reading

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January is National Sunday Supper Month

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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

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Choosing the Right Color for Your Mantel

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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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Hanukkah Fire Traditions

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Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, starts December 12 this year. Since Hanukkah has so many fascinating connections to fire – and at Old World Stoneworks, fire is our specialty – this week we’ll delve into this cultural and religious celebration. Continue reading

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Limestone vs Cast Stone

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At Old World Stoneworks, we make our beautiful mantels and range hoods from manmade stone modeled after Indiana limestone. Also known as Bedford limestone, this type of natural stone is the highest quality quarried limestone in America. Continue reading

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Places Behind the Names: Palermo

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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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Decorate Your Home for Autumn

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As September progresses, we feel that bite in the air and know that it’s almost fireplace season. Or, if you live in Texas like us, you revel in every temperature drop and start to dream of lighting the season’s first fire. Continue reading

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Two New Mantel Styles: Newcastle and Chelsea

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At Old World Stoneworks, we’re traditionalists who don’t take the introduction of a new style lightly. But this month, we’re excited to add two beautifully crafted new cast stone fireplace mantels to our offerings. Continue reading

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Places behind the names: Mandalay

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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

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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

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

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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

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Old World Stoneworks Introduces New Color Option

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If you’re scrolling through our product offerings, pondering your dream mantel, you’ll notice something new: an additional color choice. At Old World Stoneworks, we value the classic and traditional as it relates to making your home transcend the ordinary. In service of that mission, we have decided to add a new, dazzling white color option for our products. Continue reading

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Places behind the Names: Capri

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At Old World Stoneworks, we like to capture the mood of each of our beautiful cast stone fireplace mantels when we name them. This week we’ll look at the Italian island that lends its name to a mantel with fresh, clean and simple lines: The Capri. Continue reading

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The Meaning of Memorial Day and Holiday Mantel Decor

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Memorial Day Poppies

For many Americans, the first Memorial Day symbols that come to mind are flags and gravestones. This week we’re going to celebrate the red poppy as a symbol for remembering veterans – and also a beautiful and meaningful bouquet for your mantel. Continue reading

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