“How does it DO that?”

…asks my sister as she peers into the flames of the new living room fireplace.

Fake flames, that is… coming from an ELECTRIC fireplace.

Like my mom, I often get tired of the same look in the living room after a couple of years, especially since there isn’t an obvious focal point.  The TV is a small thing attached to an out-of-the-way area of the wall in the living room, so that couldn’t be a focal point.

After really looking at the space, I realized two things: 1) the Ikea Lillberg three-seater sofa really needed its complementary two-seater loveseat and 2) the focal point needed to be a fireplace.

Being separated from the Hubby and now depending on my sole income (my sister’s salary may as well be garnished by her credit counseling agency), I knew that actually having a REAL fireplace constructed was not an option.  So, Googling around, I found out that electric fireplaces — really just overglorified space heaters in pretty wooden packaging — actually existed, looked nice, and were within my budget.

And, as if the stars were aligning in my favor, the local Big Lots was holding a sale of ’em RIGHT NOW.

The flames actually look much better in real life.


Between the local Craigslist and Ebay, I got the two seater with matching cushion covers (which took a bit of searching and waiting, as Ikea discontinued the Lillberg model about a year or so after I bought the sofa).  

After putting the loveseat together, I re-arranged the living room to make sure the fireplace would fit and look right in relation to everything else.

After getting the fireplace — can I just say the cargo carrying capacity of a Honda Fit is AWESOME? — and putting it together, I also re-arranged the various wall hangings (a print, a painting, a noren — a Japanese door curtain, that is), re-arranged the two lamps, and retrieved the fake ficus tree from my sister’s room. 

Then I bought a BIG wall mirror from Wally World, installed that sucker above the fireplace (gypsum wall = drilling holes, inserting wall anchors, and screwing in — well — screws), put a few pine cones (that the little guy had picked up in our various walks around the neighborhood) and baby pumpkins (from the local Kroger) on the mantle, and declared the living room re-design DONE.

My crappy cell phone camera ain't doin' this space justice.

What you see if you sat down on the loveseat, via crappy cell phone camera.

Not too shabby — and all that for under $550.  And, it really is very very cute to hear my son command, “Flame ON,” especially now that the weather is finally getting cooler here in North Texas.



About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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