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
As the 37th season of the PBS show This Old House slowly comes to a close, the Arlington Estate reaches a turning point. This week, some of the finishing touches get added. Check out the progress so far and see what exciting new developments are taking shape! Continue reading
COMPANY NEWS: The Year of the Mantel!
We hope you’ve had a great start to the New Year. At Old World Stoneworks, we’d like to suggest that you make 2017 the Year of the Mantel! Isn’t it time you installed the beautiful new mantel you and your home deserve? If you want to join us in making 2017 a year of home upgrades and overall beautification, contact us today. We are standing by, ready to serve your needs. Continue reading
Thank you from the team
2016 has been a fantastic year for Old World Stoneworks. We’ve had the opportunity to install some of our favorite projects, as well as continue to spread the message of our fine craftsmanship through our new website and even on television. For that and our continued success, Old World Stoneworks wants to extend a special thanks to all our customers (past, present and future) and wish you all a happy holidays and a fantastic new year. Continue reading
At Old World Stoneworks, hanging stockings on the fireplace is our favorite Christmas tradition. As fireplace fanatics, we endorse any tradition that brings more attention to what we consider the best feature of any room. 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
COMPANY NEWS: Our Obsession with This Old House Continues
We’ve been following This Old House all season, excited about our products appearing on the popular PBS television show. Our mantel is ready for their close-up, and extremely photogenic, if we do say so ourselves. If you’ve missed the show, our TOH blog recaps will bring you up to speed. Continue reading
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how beautiful your outdated fireplace could look with a little TLC – and some help from your friends at Old World Stoneworks. And we hate to admit it, but sometimes we get a little too busy working on projects for our customers to tackle our own homes. 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
At Old World Stoneworks, our cast stone has been used to surround a variety of range hoods that improve the air quality of your home, keep your kitchen cooler and cleaner, and beautify your interior. But like many appliances, it’s easy to take the range hood for granted. So this week we’ll peek into the history of how the modern range hood developed. Continue reading
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
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
It’s official now: Spring has sprung. It’s time to put away the deep colors and introspective mood of winter and to lighten up. At Old World Stoneworks, we like to start by freshening the mantel with a special springtime look. Here are a few of our favorite simple mantel looks for spring. Continue reading
Saint Patrick – birth name Maewyn – is Ireland’s patron saint. But his celebrations were more staid in Ireland. It wasn’t until Irish immigrants started flooding into the US that the parades and parties we now associate with Saint Patrick’s Day were born.
The March 17th holiday is now celebrated in many parts of the world. In Illinois, 40 pounds of Kelly green dye tint the Chicago River. In Monserrat, West Indies, people combine Saint Patrick’s Day with the commemoration of an attempted slave revolt, and party for an entire week. Flamenco dancers drink Guiness at Cabo Roig, the site of Spain’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade. From Quebec to Tokyo, Moscow to Auckland, everybody wants to be at least a little bit Irish on March 17th.
At Old World Stoneworks, we get in the spirit with special mantel décor. Here are a few ideas for a special Saint Pat’s themed mantel display. Continue reading
We all know that one of the most enjoyable aspects of home ownership is choosing what to do inside your house. From the flooring to the furniture, all the way to fireplace mantels, the choice is yours. In a way, how you decorate and style your home is an intimate reflection of who you are as a person.
Luckily, Old World Stoneworks mantels are so versatile, they can be paired with just about any décor style your heart desires. The only question left to answer is: What is your decorating style?
Still trying to decide? No problem! Find inspiration in some of our favorite design styles below and see what best suits your taste! Continue reading
While Old World Stoneworks is widely known for our mantel surrounds and range hoods, sometimes we like to get even more creative and stretch the versatility of our products. So today we’re going to talk about door frames. Continue reading
Much as we love to sing in the shower or dance while we wait for the microwave to ding, we can’t all be on “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars.” But with a little help from Old World Stoneworks, your home’s fireplace can resemble your favorite celebrity fireplace. Let’s peek at a few of our favorite celebrity look-a-like mantels. Continue reading
Presidents’ Day turns our thoughts towards patriotism – and where it intersects with fireplaces, of course.
This annual holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in February and originally began in 1885 to honor George Washington (his birthday was February 22), but now commemorates all American presidents. Continue reading
There’s nothing more romantic than spending time in front of a crackling fire with that special someone. Avoiding the February winds together and snuggling for warmth is one of the best ways to spend the most romantic day of the year: Valentine’s Day.
But if you’re going to eschew those long wait times for fancy restaurant reservations and instead curl up in front of the fireplace with your loved one, make sure your mantel fits the occasion.
Here are five ideas for special Valentine’s Day mantel decorations. Continue reading
The Dimino family loved sitting together around warm fires. But they were tired of looking at the dated fireplace that had dominated the living room for 50 plus years. So they turned to us to update and beautify their surroundings. And if we do say so ourselves, the result of our before and after project has been a huge success. Continue reading