Oh, the agony and ecstasy of tax time. Many Americans dread preparing their tax return, yet rejoice at the refunds. Today we’ll focus on the ecstasy part of the equation: the wonderful tax refund, and what you can do with it. Continue reading
If you’re like us and you enjoy decorating your mantel for every occasion, chances are you’re arranging images of leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold right about now. This week we’ll look at the meaning of these familiar Saint Patrick’s Day symbols. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Wreaths are a favorite symbol of the holiday season. Hang one on your door, and it provides the first welcome to your visitors. They’re fun decorations because while traditional, they can easily be personalized for your family and home. Continue reading
It’s that gift-giving time of year again when everybody is trying to find just the right thing for friends, family and coworkers. At Old World Stoneworks, we’re always looking for the hottest holiday gifts – that is, those that have to deal with fire. Here are a few ideas for those folks on your gift list who live by their hearths. Continue reading
At Old World Stoneworks, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It has everything – great food, time spent with family and friends, a focus on gratitude, and the chance to light one of the year’s first fires. The challenge of a successful Thanksgiving is to balance the comfort of the guests with the stress level of hosts and hostesses. We hope these tips will make for a happier, more harmonious holiday in your household. Continue reading
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
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
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
As summer begins, unless you live in a very cool climate, you’ll probably not be lighting indoor fires for a few months. Instead, summer is the time for outdoor fires at the beach, campfires, and time spent by your backyard fire pit. A backyard fire cooks your dinner and warms you up as darkness falls. It’s the perfect backdrop for playing acoustic guitar or telling ghost stories. And it’s a good place to get into the spirit of International Yoga Day with a pleasant outdoor evening practice beside your fire pit. Continue reading
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
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
When it’s time to look for a new contractor to complete a house project, most homeowners feel a certain amount of anxiety. You don’t want to grant just anybody access to your personal space. But how do you know whether a contractor is trustworthy, competent and reliable enough to show up and complete the job in a reasonable timeframe? Here are five questions to ask to help you make this important decision. Continue reading
On January 10, people celebrate conservation and savings during National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. At Old World Stoneworks, we think curling up by a fire is the nicest way to cut your heating costs. Here are a few ideas for saving energy every day of the year. Continue reading
Any homeowner knows that the list of maintenance tasks is endless. From the foundation to the roof, the interior and the exterior, it’s a nonstop job. Why not make maintenance more manageable by breaking tasks down into monthly chores? January is the perfect time to get out your paper or digital calendar and make a few home maintenance resolutions. Continue reading
Humans aren’t the only species who love lounging near the fireplace in winter. Cats and dogs also crave warmth. Whether curling up in front of a heater or a fireplace, heat soothes the domestic beast. But it can also backfire.
At Old World Stoneworks, we want your pets to enjoy your fireplace with you safely. Follow these tips and you’ll all enjoy your home’s best feature. Continue reading
The Fall season is well underway and Winter will arrive before you know it. During this time of the year, millions of homes use fireplaces to keep warm. Using a fireplace is a great way to keep warm and gather the family around. However, it’s also dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association estimates there will be 14,000 house fires this year started by fireplaces.
There are several ways to prevent fireplace fires from happening, which is why we’ve created this infographic below. It’s important to stay warm and safe throughout the holidays.