How to Decorate Your Fireplace In Summer

Decorating your fireplace in the summer is definitely an easy way to make a big focal point in your space super pretty. And there are a ton of great ideas that can make this home feature totally valuable throughout the warmer months. For instance, placing candles in the nook can add a little fiery romantic ambiance without giving off heat. You can also give the area a completely new function by using it to store books and vases. But that’s not all. We’ve found 10 awesome ways to transform your fireplace or fireplaces if you are lucky enough to have more than one, from an empty area to a gorgeous display space. So scroll through, and let us know which idea you love the most.

Get exotic with a few wild plants.

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Heating up on the Design Front

This company is one of the leaders in, not only eco-friendly, efficient, heat-retaining fireplaces, but also leads the pack in terms of unique and beautiful fireplace designs. Enjoy the read!

As humans, we have several basic needs that we require to be met in order to survive. One of the most basic of these needs is warmth, hence man’s s discovery of fire. We have our cavemen ancestors to thank for the most basic of heating arrangements, but as man has evolved, so too have technology and our aesthetic sensibilities.

We have evolved to a point where form and function are now one and the same when it comes to design. We do not want things that do a job but look ugly in our living or working spaces. We, as humans, are affected by the way things look. The more in harmony we are with our living environments, the better we feel about being in those environments. This does not only apply to how things look, but also to how they work and what effect they have on our environment, hence the importance of eco-friendly fireplaces. There needs to be seamless integration between the two.

Designer Fireplaces are leading the pack both in terms of heating technology and fireplaces design. Run by husband, wife and son team of Harry, Evelin and Alex Wörz , the company has Austrian heritage and uses European technology, exacting standards of workmanship and design.

Each and every fireplace that Designer Fireplaces installs is individually considered to always ensure a stylish fireplace. That is to say that each and every one of our clients has specific wishes when it comes to the fireplace they want. Because no two people have the same style, and no two areas where the fireplaces are installed are the same, each and every Designer Fireplace is specifically designed for individual clients.

When designing fireplaces for our clients there are two main things that need to be considered:

  • Size and engineering – this is determined by the area that needs to be heated, and the layout of space.
  • Style – the only limitation here is the client’s imagination.

When it comes to the aesthetic design of the pieces, there is very little that can’t be achieved by our design team. Because each fireplace is a specifically designed for each space into which it goes, our talented and experienced design team can do almost anything.

Using only the best quality materials our design team works tirelessly to create modern masterpieces. You can be assured that your Designer Fireplace will be one of a kind – suited to your space and your design preferences. We assess each and every home, and consider what would be the best solution for the space. These ultra sleek contemporary pieces are designed as functional features, warming your home and at the same time adding aesthetic value to your interior.

Using glass, ceramics, steel and concrete, a space can be transformed by one of our Designer Fireplaces. Whether you are looking for something modern and contemporary, or for something a little more traditional, at Designer Fireplaces you will get exactly what you are looking for.

A selection of our favourite Designer Fireplace designs

This double sided fireplace was installed to heat both the living area and open plan kitchen. It has been designed as a column feature for the room. There is door on each side, so that the beauty of the roaring fire can be appreciated from either side of the structure.

This fireplace creates a perfect atmosphere for those warm winter nights, curled up in front of the television. Designer Fireplaces are ideally designed to be installed below the television – there is a synergy between the two that creates a balance in the layout of the room.

This modern marvel is one of our favourites. There is no limit to what we can do in terms of design and construction of our fireplaces. We use only the best materials and artisans when it comes to creating our fireplaces. The shine of the steel and the curved design juxtapose against the wood and linear design of the modern home.

This is a very classic design. It is timeless and elegant, while being cozy and homely at the same time. Our Designer Fireplaces are so versatile that they can be used in any setting.

Here we have a traditional Victorian mantel piece that has been inset with a Designer Fireplace. The use of an old mantel piece with this new cutting edge technology highlights the joy of having a Designer Fireplace in your home. There are no more messy fireplaces to clean up – the higher temperatures and efficient use of wood means that there is very little mess left after the fire burns out. The Designer Fireplace will also heat the area for some time after the flames have died.

Simple and understated, this an example of a Designer Fireplace in it’s purest form. It is the feature in this space by making and understated statement – Designer Fireplaces are the show stopper in any space.

Contact us today for fireplaces in Cape Town and surrounds or fireplaces in Johannesburg and surrounding areas. We are ready to help you make that dream fireplace become reality!

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Man’s love affair with fire predates history


Fire was one of human’s most important discoveries and with its discovery came the age old tradition of enjoying first fire pits and eventually fireplaces. It is not only a very sociable way to pass a cold winter’s night, but also still plays a large part in the family bonding process for many cultures in South Africa. It should therefore come as no surprise then that if South Africa is seen as the cradle of mankind, it is also seen as the home of some of the best fireplaces in the world.

The journey from fire pit to modern marvel of the home

Prehistoric man discovered the use of fire millions of years ago, and with it came the building of fire pits in the ground. These fire pits became the focal points of villages, communities and entire tribes. They were a place of meeting, a place of worship and a place of jubilation. This was because not only did they give entire societies the chance to meet and eat in a safe communal area, but for the first time in man’s early history it gave them the first sign that they had control over what is still seen as one of the most destructive elements on earth – FIRE!

These fire pits were often built in the centre of villages and at later times even in large communal huts directly beneath a smoke hole in the roof. Smaller versions of this communal fire pit were often used in single or family dwellings as well, but this design was not adequate and did not prevent the smoke from blowing back into the hut or home. This was both dangerous and unpleasant to any persons using the building and ultimately led to the invention of the chimney. This helped to vent the vast majority of the smoke from the fire inside the building into the air outside of the building.

It was not until 1678 however that the true modern fireplace was first seen in Europe when the then nephew of Charles the First of England had the idea to raise the grates of the fireplaces on his estate to create a venting system. This not only improved the efficiency of the fireplace, but also the efficiency of the chimney systems employed at the time. To this day Prince Rupert is still regarded as the father of modern day fireplaces thanks to his ingenuity and love of a little bit of winter warmth.

The next “big name in fireplace history” is none other than one of the founding fathers of United States of America and one of the greatest thinkers, mathematicians and engineers of the 1700’s – Benjamin Franklin! He developed a new style convection chamber for fireplaces, named the Franklin Stove, that improved the heating efficiency of fireplaces and wood stoves. He also further improved fireplace the airflow design first created by Prince Rupert in 1678 by designing a system that pulled air from a building’s basement and vented it out through a larger chimney at the top of a building.

The next major development in the history of fireplaces came a few years after those made by Benjamin Franklin. These were the final improvements that finalised a fireplace design that essentially stayed the same until the introduction of the original BioFire fireplace in 1967. These final fireplace design improvements were made by a Count Rumford and he designed a fireplace with a tall shallow firebox that further improved the drawing of the smoke up and out of the building. This design improvement also helped to increase the amount of radiant heat projected into the room by an individual fireplace and is now considered the foundation of all modern fireplace designs.

Nowadays fireplaces evolved to suit our needs and can now be customized according to our specifications. This write-up was originally  posted on Since we have been following this leader in the modern fireplace industry we can really recommend that you contact them for fireplaces in Cape Town or fireplaces in Johannesburg and surrounds.

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How to choose an eco-friendly fireplace


This well-written and obviously well-researched article makes for a good read with some interesting facts. Although written based on USA regulations and statistics, it very much applies to the South African environment as well. However, one type of fireplaces is not mentioned in this article, and it should be…. read further and note our addition to the end of the article.

“Fireplaces tend to be the focal point of many family gatherings, romantic interludes and toe-warming respites. Still, the typical masonry model is not the most efficient or environmentally sensitive heating source, according to federal agencies that regulate energy and protect the environment.

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Great Uses for a Fireplace in Summer

Beautifully designed fireplaces are a timeless feature that act as a focal point in your living areas. With the promise of summer just around the corner, you can still use your fireplace as an inviting design feature in your home. Not only does the extra space provided by your mantelpiece offer room for choice decor items, but the jutting shape of the chimney draws the eye and offers the perfect place to hang a portrait or mirror.

According to Designer Fireplaces Johannesburg, who exhibited at Decorex Joburg last month, your fireplace doesn’t have to become a white elephant during summer.

Here are their top tips:

  • Paint the chimney stem above the fireplace or just the mantel a different or complementary colour to the rest of the room or use wallpaper on the chimney. This will add interest and create a focal point in the room, creating a blank canvas on which to hang portraits, mirrors or even a TV.


  • Use interesting materials around the fireplace: Fireplaces are an exciting design feature because they can be customised and encourage experimentation with a range of building materials. Some interesting options that will give your lounge a facelift and add texture include mosaic tiles, carved stone and dramatic black tiles. Facebrick can also be used effectively for a warm welcoming look.


  • Use your mantelpiece wisely, don’t just display any old knickknack because it will draw the eyes of your guests. Rather place your favourite décor accessories, antique clock, vase or the best family portraits on your mantelpiece. Top tip is to carefully curate this space with key pieces and be sure not to clutter it. For added ambience, put tea lights or candles on your mantelpiece and minimize your artificial lighting in the room.


Designer Fireplaces offer customised fireplace designs that work effortlessly as beautiful design features year-round and offer eco-friendly heating solutions when the cold weather pays an unexpected visit. These fireplaces are made to order, coming in a range of modern designs.

Contact Designer Fireplaces for more info:
Gauteng: Alex Wörz 079 223 3349
Western Cape: Harry Wörz 072 292 5865

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South African heating solution for architects and designers


Fireplaces that are designed to balance form and function are a classic feature that double up as a meeting point for guests, friends or co-workers in the colder months.

Designer Fireplaces took their inspiration from Austrian masonry heaters to offer efficient wood burning fireplaces, enabling users to reduce their heating bills in winter. These fireplaces are an extremely efficient way to heat a space and also bring aesthetic value to a property and as such are well-suited to architects or interior designers, who are catering to eco-conscious home buyers or property developers, to incorporate into their designs.

Using an innovative design, up to 88% of the heat generated by the fire is used to heat a residential or commercial area – this is an increase of nearly 700% in comparison with a traditional fireplace design. The unique heating system fosters the wood to be burned at a very high temperature and so one fire will keep warming an average-size area for nearly 12 hours. This is how the heat retention system works:


Each fireplace is customised from a myriad of contemporary designs and so will particularly appeal to architects or interior designers looking for the latest and greatest in aesthetically-pleasing fireplace designs.

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