Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Betty Got Flame

What is it about fire that draws us in?   

There's something dreamy about sitting and watching the flames.  Ahhhhhhh.....

I currently have my living room set up so that two of the chairs face away from the fireplace, and this being California, we rarely need (or want) the extra heat a fireplace brings anyway.  I like candles, but one or two scattered around the room just doesn't cut it for a drama-seeking gal such as myself.  

So, I came up with a way to maximize the sparkle of little candles placed together.

Here's how I did it: I took (incredibly cheap) 8X10 frames with glass and took off the backs.  I crumpled up aluminum foil (fun!) and covered those backs with it, then popped them back on the glass.

I actually did five of the frames so I could line them up on my long dining room table for dramatic effect.  I like the square shape four of them make when they are on my coffee table.  I think it looks a little more like a communal fire this way.

Normally, I have books and magazines on the table, so I store the frames on the shelf just underneath the table.  This makes it really easy to pull out and set up.

The other night we had friends over and after a rousing round of board games at the dining room table, we needed to calm down, so we adjourned to the library with glasses of wine.  I got out the frames, and set a great, late night, gather-around-the-campfire Kumbayah kind of atmosphere.  I put on a little soothing music and soon my guests forgot all about the crushing defeat I had handed each of them via the board games.

Mine are just plain frames, but you could get even cool, fancy frames with higher sides and just do one or two for a dresser top.

Try it!  Take that frame that holds the picture of terrible old Aunt Hilda and put it to good use finally.

You (and lots of candles) light up my life!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clever idea. If they were permanent, as in sat on the table all the time, you could add sand for a zen feel.
And I dig your living room!

Linda said...

Hi Betty,

I like it! The candles in frames, a great idea!! I love the shelves!

4 Lettre Words said...

Wowza...so clever! We seldom need a fire here in GA, either, but we have a lovely fireplace. :)

LOVE that room of yours.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty ... smart looking sitting room - it looks just great. The evening sounds fun too .. while the candle idea must have enchanted everyone ... very clever - cheers Hilary

Hilary said...

What a great idea. And I also like how you've hung a couple of frames on the diagonal.

Ms. A said...

Great idea! I'm still so impressed with your bookcases.

Connie said...

That is a very clever idea! I bet that looks really pretty when the candles are all lit.

Gigi Thibodeau said...

Such a lovely idea, and I have about a kazillion votive holders I can use to do something like this!

TexWisGirl said...

you're so clever! what a pleasant mood alterer. :) (wine, included...)

Baby Sister said...

Oh my gosh, I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing your cleverness with the rest of us, Betty. :)

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