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.

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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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Places behind the names: Majorca

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What kind of images does Spain conjure up in your head? Warmth, a relaxed pace, late-night feasts? And what about an island off Spain? We picture even more relaxation and luxury, lots of sun and beaches. Continue reading

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Maintenance and Cleaning of your Cast Stone Fireplace and Range Hood

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Our customers love the look of their beautiful new mantels and range hoods. What they love nearly as much is the easy upkeep they provide.

After a few years of living with your cast stone mantel, the grit and grime buildup of daily living is inevitable. You may notice that soot and smoke have accumulated in the crevices of your mantel and you’re looking to make a change. Fortunately, cleaning our products is a quick and simple process. Continue reading

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How to Pick the Right Mantel for a Room

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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

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Black Friday is Coming – That Means Time to Shop for Holiday Gifts

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Gift-buying mania is about to strike, in the form of Black Friday. But instead of blindly following the herds to the mall for a post-Thanksgiving shopping binge this year, we’d like to propose some of our favorite gifts: Fireplace accessories! Give all the folks on your list the gift of a cozier house and a more stylish hearth. Here are some ideas for warming the hearts and homes of your loved ones. Continue reading

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National Defy Superstition Day – Superstitions about Fire

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It’s a shame National Defy Superstition Day doesn’t fall on a Friday this year. The annual day, celebrated on September 13, encourages people to use their rational minds to overrule superstitions. It’s a day for stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, opening umbrellas indoors and seeking out black cats.
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Baby Safety Tips for Your Home

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September is Baby Safety Month, brought to the world by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association. This year their theme is ‘A Room with a View,’ or safeguarding against hidden hazards in the rooms of your home. So we thought this would be a good time to review baby safety tips, especially around fireplaces. Continue reading

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Gourmet S’More Recipes for National Toasted Marshmallow Day

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This week, in honor of National Toasted Marshmallow Day, at Old World Stoneworks we’re lighting our outdoor fireplaces despite the summer heat. While Congress hasn’t made NTMD a legal holiday yet, the National Confectioners Association is working on spreading the marshmallow joy. Continue reading

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National Dog Day: Cute Dogs in front of Fireplaces

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Dogs and people. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. With National Dog Day coming up on August 26, we at Old World Stoneworks want to take a moment to honor all the dogs in our lives, whether it’s the family pet, the hardworking rescue dog, sled dog, police K9, or the devoted service dogs that helps everybody, from blind children to veterans suffering from PTSD. Continue reading

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National Vinyl Record Day: songs about fire

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While vinyl records have been mostly supplanted by CDs and now downloads, many people are still devoted to the discs. And it’s not just folks old enough to remember when a long-playing record was a novelty. Some young musicians are so captivated by records that they release their music in this format. Continue reading

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Celebrate National Barbecue Month

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In the month of May, the weather starts to warm up, but doesn’t get full-on hot yet. It’s no wonder May is National Barbecue Month. What better month to enjoy your backyard by cooking meals outside? If you love the outdoors, but still want the convenience and elegant ambiance created by our cast stone mantels and range hoods, you’re in luck! Our designs can be customized to fit your exact specifications and that includes custom creations for outdoor use. The custom Cambridge mantel below is just one example of how we can make your outdoor space uniquely you. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Mantel Décor

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At Old World Stoneworks, we want to salute the mothers of the world this month.

Since we like to celebrate every holiday by redecorating our mantel, this month our thoughts are with Mom.

There are as many kinds of mothers in the world as there are people. When you’re planning for a Mother’s Day mantel, it’s important to look at individual tastes. Unless you’re hosting a Mother’s Day party for lots of mothers, chances are you’re focusing on one mother in particular. So you want to make sure the décor is to her liking.

If you’re decorating a mantel for your mother, think about things your mom likes. If you are the mother, and you’re decorating the family mantel, well, this is a good month to think about what you like and decorate accordingly. Hey, it’s your month. Continue reading

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Carbon Monoxide and Fireplace Safety

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At Old World Stoneworks, we know there’s nothing better than enjoying your home fireplace. Since our customers’ safety is always first in our minds, this week we want to share information on how to prevent a hazard sometimes caused by a poorly maintained chimney: carbon monoxide poisoning. Continue reading

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7 Ways to Go Green for Earth Day

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In 1969, a blowout on a Union Oil Company platform stationed off the California coast dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the sea. Images of tar-covered seabirds and dolphins with clogged blowholes horrified the nation.

Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, wanted to mobilize this reaction to raise environmental awareness. In 1970, Nelson founded Earth Day.

Twenty million Americans participated in rallies that first year. Now April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day in nearly 200 countries around the world. Continue reading

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Remembering the Titanic

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Modern Americans usually think of April 15 as tax day. But it’s also the anniversary of something even direr: the sinking of the RMS Titanic. This week marks the 104th anniversary of that tragic event.

At Old World Stoneworks, we want to pause for a moment and remember that 1,517 people – more than two-thirds of the passengers – died after the ship hit an iceberg.

We also want to remember the beauty of the ship itself. Continue reading

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