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Impress Your Guests With a New Mantel or Surround!

If your hearth is the centerpiece of your home, it’s the mantel that serves as the centerpiece of your hearth. A mantel adds style to your hearth, and it gives you a place to showcase family photos, vases full of flowers or interesting home décor. Reviving your mantel can overhaul the look of your hearth and the look of your home. If you’re looking to upgrade your home as you look forward to social gatherings this fall and winter, you can impress your guests with a new mantel or surround!

At FireSide Hearth & Home, we offer a variety of mantels and surrounds to fit the look and style of your hearth and your home. Choosing a mantel or surround can be a difficult proposition. Some of your decision will be determined by the size and location of your fireplace, and by the style of your home.

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Many homeowners opt for a simple mantel: a simple shelf placed over the fireplace. While they might be “simple” in concept, shelf-style mantels come in a variety of styles that can add serious interest to your hearth. Simple mantels can be sleek stone or metal for more modern homes, or rustic stone, brick or wood for more traditional homes or homes with a rustic or beachy style. A smaller mantel offers an understated look, while an oversized mantel can be eye catching.

Corbeled mantels
Corbeled mantels are another popular mantel option, particularly for homes with a traditional feel. Corbeled mantels feature supports, or corbels, underneath the mantel shelf. These corbels provide plenty of opportunity for customized style. They can have simple shapes that are perfect for a classic mantel look, or they can be bold and shaped from rough wood or stone to complement a rustic hearth. Modern hearths can be accented with corbels, too, as corbels also can be made in sleek lines from metal or smooth stone.

Full mantel surrounds
For a complete overhaul of your hearth, you can install a full fireplace surround. Surrounds outfit your hearth with a mantel and frames your firebox. The surround can feature simple panels below the mantel and around the firebox, or they can be more elaborate, with decorative columns or tiles that add contrast and impact to your hearth. Surrounds come in a variety of styles and a variety of shapes; there are even corner surrounds to accent hearths that are tucked into the nooks and crannies of a home.

A new mantel adds function to your fireplace, for sure, and a new mantel or surround also can instantly upgrade the look of your hearth and add style to your home. Whatever the style of your home, FireSide Hearth & Home has the mantel or fireplace surround for you! Stop by one of our showrooms to view our mantel and fireplace surround options today!

We Offer Wood, Gas, Pellet and Electric Inserts!

Is your fireplace optimized to get the most use, and provide the most heat, this winter? If you have an existing fireplace space that sat unused or didn’t put off enough heat to meet your needs last winter, FireSide Hearth & Home can help! We offer wood, gas, pellet and electric inserts to revamp your hearth for the fall. So which type of insert will meet your heating needs and your lifestyle?Wood, Gas, Pellet and Electric Inserts - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & Home


Wood fireplace inserts are a classic fireplace choice. They provide the glowing beauty and pleasant crackle of a wood-burning fire. But unlike a traditional open wood hearth, a wood fireplace insert cranks out enough heat to supplement your furnace and reduce your home-heating costs. Because wood fireplaces burn more efficiently, they also require less wood and less tending than traditional open-hearth, wood-burning fireplaces, and they release less indoor and outdoor air pollution.


Pellet inserts mirror the classic look of a wood-burning fireplace, but with far less work and far more heat. Pellet inserts burn dehydrated wood pellets, or other organic fuel, such as dried corn or cherry pits. A hopper is filled with pellets, and an electric auger automatically feeds the pellet into the fireplace; some pellet inserts are even outfitted with programmable thermostats to control the flow of pellets into the fire and control the temperature of your living space.


Gas fireplaces have become increasingly popular. If your home is outfitted with a wood-burning fireplace that often sits unused, a gas fireplace can help you to transform your hearth into a useful home appliance. Gas fireplaces rank as the most efficient type of fireplace. With the flip of a switch, you can add heat and ambiance to your home’s main living space. A gas fireplace can help you save on your winter heating bills by efficiently heating the rooms you spend the most time in while allowing you to turn the thermostat down for the rest of your home. Even better: A gas fireplace requires no work to ignite a fire and very little regular maintenance.


Like gas fireplace inserts, electric fireplaces allow you to transform your existing hearth space to a convenient, efficient and easy-to-use source of heat. Electric fireplaces require no ventilation, so they can be easily installed in virtually any existing hearth space. Many electric fireplaces can even be used with the heat setting turned off, so you can enjoy the beauty and ambiance of a fire without the heat when it isn’t needed.

If you’re ready to transform your hearth into a usable and useful home-heating appliance, stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s four showrooms. Our fireplace experts can help you select the right type of fireplace insert for your hearth and show you some different types of fireplace inserts in action.

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