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
In our ongoing quest to help customers find the ideal artwork to complement their mantel, this week we’ll look at color field painting. It’s a good match if you like abstract art and bright colors. Continue reading
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
If you like to decorate with the season, you’re well aware we’re down to only one month of summer. It’s time to make the most of it by enjoying summer mantel looks now. Here are three fun and easy ideas. Continue reading
Like all holidays, Fourth of July starts in the kitchen. What’s a party without good food? Here are tips for prepping for a smooth and easy party. At Old World Stoneworks, we wish you a happy 4th of July, from our family to yours. Continue reading
At Old World Stoneworks, we love to celebrate Easter, and we know that our customers do, too. For Christians, it’s one of the most important days of the year. But no matter your religion, it’s a day that tells us spring is here, flowers are blooming (or will be soon, depending where you live) and it’s time for a new start. What could be a better reason than that to decorate the mantel? But first, a little context on the history of the Easter season. Continue reading
Once you have the perfect mantel, you need art that compliments your furnishings. Some of our customers love to pick out art for their homes. Others aren’t quite so comfortable, and have a few questions about what to look for. So this week, we’ll continue our educational series of understanding different types of art with a look at mixed media. Continue reading
Are you in a home design rut? Attending a home and garden show is one of the fastest ways to get new motivation and inspiration for your home design plans and projects. No matter where you live, there’s probably one near you. Here are a few of the especially notable home and garden shows around the US: Continue reading
At Old World Stoneworks, we love any excuse to decorate. And this month, Mardi Gras provides us the perfect excuse. But if you’ve never lived in New Orleans or another place where people celebrate this annual holiday, you might be a bit lost. So here’s our introduction to the meaning and symbols of Mardi Gras. Continue reading
This week we’ll recap episode three of this season’s This Old House, our favorite television show. We have to admit, the suspense is really building as we wait for the episode where they refurbish the fireplace of the Arlington, Massachusetts project house. Continue reading
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about how excited we are that This Old House is featuring some of our products on this season’s project house. We are glued to PBS for every episode now, and love sharing progress on Emily and Nick Deldon’s home with our readers. Continue reading
We are beyond thrilled to be featured on the upcoming season of “This Old House,” providing the fireplace for one of the much-beloved show’s home renovations. So this week we’re delving into the history of one of our favorite shows. Continue reading
Now that it’s September, our thoughts naturally turn to fall: Chilly nights and falling leaves, deep earth tones and pumpkin everything. Here are a few ways to bring the change of season into your home décor. Continue reading
One of the many things we love about our company is that the beautiful architectural features of the Old World live on in our work– hence our name.
Overmantels have a rich history dating back to Europe, where they’ve adorned the gathering spaces of chic homeowners. Continue reading
While the word “hearth” is often used interchangeably with “fireplace,” and is a great metaphor for family life, technically it means the floor of the fireplace that often extends into the room.
Choosing a type of hearth is not as exciting as selecting a mantel, and may be an afterthought in your purchase process.
But at Old World Stoneworks, we know that the smaller details are all important to the overall look of your room. This week we’ll take a peek at the four different types of hearths we offer. Continue reading
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress ratified the wording of the Declaration of Independence. But it took almost a century for the accompanying celebrations to catch on. It wasn’t until 1870 that Congress included the Fourth of July in a list of proposed national holidays. Christmas was on the same list! Continue reading
Unless you spend your summers in Antarctica, you probably don’t use your fireplace year-round. So if your July and August plans don’t involve penguins, you might appreciate alternative off-season uses for your fireplace. Here are a few different ways you can enjoy our favorite feature of any house even when the AC is turned up. Continue reading
While nowadays Memorial Day is often marked with a barbecue and sleeping in, it has a very solemn history. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan designated May 30 Decoration Day, a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. That first year, five thousand people showed up to decorate twenty thousand graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading
At Old World Stoneworks, we think no summer trip is complete without a visit to a famous, unusual and/or particularly beautiful fireplace. All of these fireplaces can be found right here in the good ol’ USA, so why not include them on your summer road trip map? Continue reading