My current apartment doesn't have a fireplace, but two of my previous digs did. I remember loving that with just a flip of a switch or a strike of a match I could get a fire going. I also recall that the mantels weren't anything to look at. They were plain and simple, and could have used some jazzing up. But since I rented both apartments there was nothing I could do, save for plopping down some decorative vases and what not on top of them.
Well, too bad I'm now just discovering this Louis Fireplace Slipcover by Ridiculous Design. Though I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I love or loathe (probably too strong of a word) this custom hand-painted canvas piece, it caught my eye and it's downright clever. Whether you're a renter or homeowner who can't spring for a real deal, fancy thousand dollars or so cast stone mantel, this item might be the solution to your fireplace woes.Canvas fireplace slipcover Available at the online store Supermarket (a great site for interesting fashion and home goods), this slipcover sells for $475, which when compared to the hefty price tag of an authentic Louis mantel this is a rather good deal. Or, if you're crafty you could make one of these for a lot less. You just need fabric, a sewing needle and some paint. Have at it. Either way, please do you and I a favor and remove the cover when the fireplace is in use. Curling up by a roaring fire is one thing, but battling one is another. - Meghan Dockendorf