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5 Gorgeous Ideas for Decorating Your Spring Mantlepiece

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How to create a striking fireplace focal point in your home this spring

Your mantlepiece isn’t just a focal point for the festive season – it can be decorated all year round to represent all four seasons. From displaying seasonal plants and flowers to using your creativity to arrange your personal photos or upcycle your old possessions into interior design wonders – here’s how you can freshen up your mantlepiece for the spring.

1. Floral accents

What would a spring mantlepiece decoration ideas guide be without flowers? Of course, spring is a time where the world blooms back to life after the cold, dark winter – so what better way than to dress up your mantlepiece with some delightful in-season flowers? Bluebells, lavender and hyacinths in particular complement each other beautifully if your room is pale grey or white – they add a pop of colour to neutral spaces. But if you’re looking to late spring for your decorative theme then daisies would add a quirky rustic look. Don’t forget to arrange your flowers in an eye-catching vase – this is a good opportunity to do a bit of crafting with old jam jars and glass bottles. If you haven’t got much time to craft, then get creative with things around your home such as milk jugs, teapots and even tinned cans!

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Spring is all about flowers. Picture source: designsponge.com.

 2. Mirror image

The chances are your fireplace isn’t situated under your window, but rather opposite or on a side wall. This means it’s a part of the room that gets the most light. Using a mirror to take advantage of that is a great way to decorate your mantlepiece in the spring. As the days become longer we get more natural light to play with. A mirror can reflect this natural light and bring the feeling of more space to your living room, as well as a handy way to check your hair and make-up when you’re getting ready! If your home feels light and spacious, it will most probably put you in a better mood – or shall we say ‘put a spring in your step.’

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A mirror above the fireplace will easily attract more light into the room. Picture source: utrdecorating.com.

3. Be bold with your background

Feature walls have been trendy for a good few years now and their popularity hasn’t waned over time! There’s a very good reason for this – a feature wall brings the room to life without making the room feel crowded or clashing. Change the wallpaper or paint colour on the background behind the fireplace or behind your sofa in particular, because that is most probably already a charming focal point in your home. For example, a feature wall consisting of patterned wallpaper or a bold colour to draw attention to the area – as you can see with this Roman-inspired floral wallpaper – will add a lot of character to your living space. From flowers to birds, there are so many wonderful designs when it comes to choosing wallpaper in the spring! If you’re thinking of simply painting your feature wall a single colour, then duck egg blue, grey shades, pastel greens, lilacs and browns could be a fantastic choice.

Bioethanol basket in a spring fireplace

Spring up your fireplace with the combination of white, silver, green and purple on the mantlepiece against a striking wallpaper, like on this photo of our Black Bio Ethanol Fire Grate taken in our central London showroom.

4. Personalise your fireplace

Nothing says ‘home’ more than personalisation. Not only does your fireplace make a beautiful feature statement in your home – it’s a great blank canvas to personalise with photos of loved ones, cherished trinkets and quirky mini blackboards featuring cute messages. Mid to late spring may be spring cleaning time, but it is also a prime time for a clear-out in the home, so you may come across items in your loft, cupboards or stowed away boxes that you had previously forgotten about. This could include vintage glass bottles, ornate clocks, the children’s old trophies and good-looking old leather-bound books! Anything goes when it comes to personalising your mantlepiece – it’s just a matter of visualising and being creative.

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A personal spring touch – photos above the mantle combined with gentle flowers and colour tones. Picture source: bhg.com.

5. Springy scents

Infuse your living room with late spring scents using incense, candles, homemade potpourri, diffusers and oil burners. Aura Fragrance Oils, for exclusive use with our bio fireplaces fitted with a fragrance diffuser, can also be used in a standard oil diffuser. Our particular favourites for spring include Woodlands Blackberry & Rose and Oriental Green Tea & Citrus for that extra fresh scent. You can also purchase all eight of our scents as a pack with a generous discount. You can also place scented candles on the mantlepiece because they will be at the right level and the glorious springtime scents will hit you much faster. It’s a good idea to treat yourself to some decorative candle holders to add more personality to your fireplace. Now that it’s late spring and easing into early summer – the best scented candles for your mantlepiece could be honey, mint, anything related to ‘clean linen’ or ‘cotton, lemongrass and ginger.

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Bring the spring spirit into your home with fragrances. Picture source: Pinterest.com.

Have you got any of your own favourite spring-themed mantlepiece ideas? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter channels!

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5 Easy Easter Interior Design Ideas For Your Home

Creative content writerWelcome Easter and the spring with these Easter decorating tips designed to freshen up your home

Not only is Easter a holiday itself, it’s a fantastic way to welcome the spring after the cold winter months. As well as spring cleaning, Easter time is all about blowing away the cobwebs, sprucing up your living space and brightening up your home. Follow our easy Easter interior design ideas and create a fresh new look for your home.

1. Bring Easter hygge into your home

You might have heard of ‘hygge’ as the Scandinavian way to introduce a little cosiness and tranquillity into your home for the winter. But did you know hygge can be used all year round? Easter hygge is all about embracing chocolatey scents into the home and taking inspiration from spring-time nature. It’s really easy to do and just involves strategically placing chocolate and vanilla scented candles around your home – especially next to the doorways so you and your guests are greeted by the gorgeous scents! Another aspect of hygge is to decorate your home with nature during the springtime. This can include small blossoming tree branches, in-season flowers and luscious green plants.

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Bring lovely scents into your Easter home with special candles. Picture source: craftfreebies.com

2. Freshen your space with Easter colours

As you most probably know, each season is associated with a different colour palette – and spring is no exception. Think ‘light, fresh and bright’ when it comes to choosing your spring colours. If you haven’t got time to repaint or re-paper the walls, then you can change up your soft furnishings. Things like cushions, curtains, throws and such can create a big impact, so it could be a good idea to swap around your colours in favour of pastel blues, greens and pink – or various shades of purples and greys. The trick is to combine positive Easter colours and smarter muted tones.

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Pastel shades combined with purple with bring the feeling of spring and Easter into your living space. Picture source: design-seeds.com

3. Create an ‘egg-cellent’ fireplace

The fireplace is the perfect space to make a statement with Easter decorations. Our particular favourites include adorable bunny ornaments and a wicker basket filled with Easter treats! We would also recommend using clear glasses filled with a mixture of miniature decorative eggs and springtime flowers. As you can see, on our  traditional Carrington Bio Ethanol Fireplace we’ve also placed some beautiful flower garlands to bookend our Easter tableau! You could also place two identical statement pieces either side of the fireplace on the floor (of course, keeping clear of the flames) – for example, two decorative birdcages either side to add a touch of vintage curiosity-shop style charm.

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Carrington Traditional Bio Ethanol Fireplace has been decorated with cute Easter decorations our central London showroom.

4. Table centrepieces for Easter

The seasonal holidays are a wonderful excuse to gather family and friends around the table for a delicious meal. That’s why we recommend freshening up your table with a beautiful centrepiece. Some great examples could include nests full of eggs, miniature flower pots, bunny ornaments and pebbles decorated as Easter eggs! The wonderful thing about table centrepieces is that they’re not just resigned to the dining table – they can be used for any table, including coffee tables, side tables and console tables.

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Beautiful blue-themed Easter decorations on a table. Picture source: architectureartdesign.com

 5. Front door Easter decorations

You can truly welcome Easter into your home by decorating the outside of your front door (much like you would with Christmas wreaths!). Not only will it look fabulous, it contributes to that glorious springtime Easter feeling in your neighbourhood – and you never know, some of your neighbours may take inspiration from you. Our ideas include mini burlap sacks filled with faux grass or hay, Easter eggs and bright daffodil petals. But this is also a good opportunity to use your creativity and create your own Easter displays for spring!

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Decorating your front door is another excellent way of bringing the Easter spirit into your house. Picture source: hometalk.com

Do you have any unique ways to celebrate Easter? We’d love to know! Share yours on Facebook and Twitter!

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6 Quick Spring Cleaning Tips And Tricks For a Fresher Home

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Refresh, declutter, and organise your house for a clear, fresh space.

Spring is here, and we can already feel the days getting longer, the skies getting lighter, and smell the blossoms blooming. The spring season begins a feeling of newness and freshness that we want to emanate into our own homes. Start your spring clean with these 6 tips to help you eliminate the clutter, clear the air, and start afresh with a clean space at home.

1. Home made fabric spray and air freshener

Air fresheners are a great way to freshen up your home, but shop-bought air fresheners can have harsh chemicals that can be bad for your health. Homemade air freshener is so easy to make, without the risk of you and your family breathing in harsh chemicals.

All you need is:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 10 drops essential oils (tea tree, lavender oil)
  • Spray bottle

Mix all the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray on your fabrics, curtains and air to leave your home smelling fresh and clean with a natural scent.

Use on fabrics, curtains and air so your home can smell fresh and clean with a natural scent.

Make your own air freshener to spray away those bad smells without the harsh chemicals. Photo source: onegreenplanet.org

2. Use toothpaste to polish silver

If you’re cleaning silver cutlery or jewellery, use a tooth both instead of expensive silver polish, and never put your silver in a dishwasher. All you need to do is rub the toothpaste on like soap, and rub it off with a kitchen towel. The results are remarkable. Toothpaste that contains more hydrated silica will work best, such as Tartar control paste.

Tartar control toothpaste will clean best as it contains the most hydrated silica.

Use toothpaste to clean and your silver for a polish shine that won’t damage the cutlery. Photo source: onlymyhealth.com

3. Organise your bookcase

Get rid of old books that you no longer need to free up valuable space. You should categorise books by subject and size to make it easier to find. You can add some personality by lining them vertically and horizontally in a rhythmic pattern to avoid a flat and boring system, this will add visual interest.

Declutter your books by giving away old, tatty books you no longer read

Organise your book shelf by subject and size so you choose the book you need with ease.

4. Get clever with storage

A shoe organiser is great for storing products in a tidy and coordinated manner, making it easy to find products, and what’s more they are versatile enough to be hung all over the house. Branch out and use a shoe organiser to store cleaning bottles, kitchen products, and whatever clutter you have in the house.

Hang shoe holders around your home as they are so versatile.

Get creative and use a shoe organiser to store your cleaning products and other clutter. Photo source: realsimple.com

5. Organise your wardrobe

Clearing out your closet is the best start to organising your life, by making your everyday routine more simpler. Give your unused clothes to charity, and organise your clothes by how often you wear them, type of item, and by occasion.  When you have an organised wardrobe, you can have a clean, flying start to every day.

Declutter your closet by giving unused, old clothes to charity.

Organise your wardrobe so your can start everyday with a clear and simple routine. Photo source: home-dzine.co.za

6. Vinegar away

Lime scale can be unsightly, and make any shiny surface dull and looking old. Avoid scrubbing off lime scale. The minerals are very tough, so abrasives scrubbing can damage the finish of the material underneath.  You can buy brand-name lime scale removers: however, vinegar is a great alternative that is less potent of harsh chemicals and just as effective. Use it to remove lime scale on your kettle, your showerhead, taps, washing machine, and dishwasher, stainless steel or tiles surfaces. The vinegar must stay in contact with the lime scale for it to be most effective. Either soak the product for an hour in vinegar, or if it’s something tricky like taps, then use a towel soaked in vinegar and wrap it around the taps for an hour. In a washing machine, use a cup of vinegar instead of detergent and run a washing cycle without clothes. In a dishwasher, pour vinegar into the base of the machine rather than the detergent dispenser. Your home will be glistening with shine!

Vinegar is an effective alternative with less harsh chemicals.

Vinegar is a great way to remove them unsightly limescale for a sparkly shine. Photo source: wikihow.com

And there you have some easy, effective tips to get your home organised, clean and ready for the new spring season, so you can get on with a kick start to your days.

 

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MOTHER’S DAY PHOTO COMPETITION – Best Mother-Child and Owner-Pet Lookalikes

Win Luxury Mother’s Day Treats by Biscuiteers and a £50 Marks & Spencer Gift Card in #BioFiresMum Contest!

March is finally here and we’re happily saying hello to spring. This month is all about budding cherry trees, first spring walks in the park with our family or friends and, of course, Mother’s Day. As this special day that reminds us how much our mothers mean to us is just around the corner, Bio Fires have a new exciting competition that could win you and your mum a fabulous prize! But this time it comes with a twist – we’re not celebrating only mothers but also caring pet owners and their furry friends. Curious for more? Read on!

Is your daughter a mini version of yourself? Do you keep getting comments that your son is a spitting image of you? Or perhaps you have a pet that looks uncannily similar? Enter our Best Mother-Child and Owner-Pet Lookalike Photo Contest for a chance to win these amazing Mother’s Day gifts from Biscuiteers, a luxury biscuit boutique that offers delicious hand-iced gifts, Marks & Spencer, and Bio Fires.

Be a winner of our Mother's day contest by showing a pic of your dog, cat, mummy, son, or daughter"

Show us your mother-child or owner-pet lookalike photos for a chance to win special Mother’s Day prizes!

The winners will receive one of these fantastic prizes:

What better way to treat your mum to what she deserves for Mother’s Day?

Luxury biscuits, fireplace accessories, and £50 gift voucher card.

Win these beautiful Mother’s Day prizes from M&S, Biscuiteers, and Bio Fires. Picture source: M&S, Biscuiteers.

How does it work?

For this Mother’s Day, we’re asking you to show us your best mother and daughter, mother and son or owner and pet lookalike photos. You can submit one photo of the two of you or two separate photos next to each other.

To enter the competition, post the photo* on our social media channels, use the hashtag #BioFiresMum and follow these simple rules. Remember, we’ll be just as happy to see your families as dogs, cats or any other pets with their owners!

How to enter the #BioFiresMum Contest:

  1. Facebook: LIKE our page (that will allow us to tag the winner), LIKE the competition post and POST the photo on our Facebook page with the #BioFiresMum tag. You can SHARE our competition post for extra points.
  2. Instagram: FOLLOW our profile, LIKE the competition photo, POST the photo to your Instagram account using the hashtag #BioFiresMum and leave a COMMENT once you have done so (we may not be able to track your mention if your account is set to private so please make sure to leave a comment).
  3. Twitter: FOLLOW our profile, FAVOURITE the competition post and RETWEET it. UPLOAD the photo to your Twitter account using the hashtag #BioFiresMum and mention @GelFireplaces in the tweet.
Special Mother's Day competition to treat all the caring mums and pet owners.

Bio Fires are celebrating all the amazing, inspiring, loving, super mums.

Good luck and get posting!

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition runs until Sunday 26th March 2017 inclusive.
  2. Only one entry per person is permitted. Bio Fires cannot be held responsible for any undelivered or invalid entries.
  3. Three entries that fulfil all the above-mentioned criteria and win our hearts will be awarded either the first, the second or the third competition prize.
  4. The prize pool consists of the following three prizes: Biscuiteers’ Mother’s Day Flowers Biscuit Tin (worth £30) + £50 Marks & Spencer gift card + Aura Oil; Biscuiteers’ Teapot Big Biscuit Card (worth £20) + Aura Oil; Biscuiteers’ I Love U Mum Biscuit Card + Aura Oil.
  5. We may repost the supplied messages and images on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for others to appreciate.
  6. The competition is exclusive to social media and open for everyone over 18, based in the UK.
  7. The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. There is no cash or credit alternative available.

* We reserve the right to use supplied messages and photos on our website, blog and social media during the promotion of the competition and afterwards.

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4 Unique Craft Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Get creative for the ultimate gift that’s personal and from the heart

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The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching, and there can be a lot of pressure to get it right, for we all want to show our loved one how special they are. February 14th is Valentine’s Day, and whatever you give your Valentine, make sure it’s special, memorable, and most importantly personal. Read these 4 unique craft gift ideas for the ultimate gift that will charm your Valentine’s heart all over again.


1. My chocolate sweetheart

Everyone loves chocolate, so try these cute heart shaped chocolates. A delicious, milky chocolate fix, but not your average shop bought chocs, and what’s more they’re so easy to make, all you need is a silicone heart shaped mould. Just melt your favourite chocolate (dark, milk or white) and fill the moulds with the melted goodness. Cover the melted chocolate with whatever you fancy: nuts, dried fruit, cereal or anything crunchy, yummy and pretty. Experiment and be your own Willy Wonker, you can have fun with sprinkled candy love hearts, 100s and 1000s, or crushed red M&Ms. Valentine’s has never been so sweet!

These homemade choc hearts are yummy and cute for Valentine's day.

This chocolate hearts recipe is so simple and easy to make. Picture source: clareslittletots.co.uk

2. Fizzle their bath bomb hearts

Help your Valentine unwind and feel pampered with home-made heart shaped bath bombs. All you need is:

1/2 cup citric acid
2 cups baking soda
1 cup Epsom salt
Pink or red bath bomb colorant
1/2 table spoon Jasmine oil
Heart shaped moulds (silicone)
Spritz bottle with witch hazel

Mix the Epsom salt, citric acid, and baking soda in a bowl. Add a few drops of the colourant and the jasmine oil. Then combine in the colourant using your hands. The mixture may clump up, if so sift it through. Then spritz the bath bombs with witch hazel with care. It should take between 8 – 10 spritzes, getting the mixture moist enough so they that the powders stick together and aren’t crumbly, but not too wet that they start to fizz. Once the mixture sticks together, press the mixture into the heart moulds, packing them as tight as you can. Dry them overnight, then remove the bath bombs from the mould.

Pamper your Valentine with these DIY heart bathbombs that they will love.

Home-made heart shaped bath bombs will help your Valentine feel pampered. Picture source: artcraftsandfamily.com

For an extra charming touch, fill up a mason jar with the little hearts and tie the top with a pretty ribbon. Your Valentine will feel pampered as well as loved.

3. Loving photo montage

For that special, sentimental touch, get your creative hands going and make a heart photo collage filled with precious memories you’ve shared together. Print small square photos and arrange them in a heart shape on a large photo frame. Use tape or a bit of glue to stick the photos in place. And as easy as that you have a personalized photo gift to take your Valentine on a journey of wonderful memories that they will love.

Your Valentine will love a photo collage to take them down memory lane.

A photo montage of personal memories will add a special, sentimental touch. Picture source: itsalwaysautumn.com

4. Romantic mantelpiece

A fireplace is a charming focal point to snuggle to, so if you have a fireplace, why not set a show-stopping, romantic scene on your mantel. Red and pink are the traditional Valentine’s Day colours so go for this palette when decorating your fireplace, with heart shaped garlands, red roses and scattered rose petals. Creating a warm and beautiful ambience, with candles and soft lighting will set a romantic mood – it’s all in the details!

There are no set rules, so be creative or personal as you like, tell your own story through your decor using objects with real sentiment to you both, well loved photos that represent the past with ornaments that represent you now.

Decorate your fireplace in red, pink, hearts, roses and rose petals for Valentine's day.

Decorate your fireplace mantel for the ultimate romantic setting to snuggle to. Picture source: bhg.com

For added special ambience to transport you both into a romantic twilight try a warm and relaxing Aura Oil.  The heavenly Amber & Vanilla fragrance is a velvety scent blended with deep sumptuous tones of cedarwood creating the perfect romance. You can also use the Aura oil in a fragrance or candle diffusers for some extra romantic bliss.

Scented oils can be used with your bioethanol fireplace for a beautiful aroma.

For a romantic ambience to transform your home, try a warm and relaxing Aura Oil scent.

We hope that we have inspired you to get creative for your Valentine, and if you want to treat them some more, enter our #BioFiresValentines competition on our social media pages for a chance to win them a White Glass Cube Burner and £60 vouchers for Carluccio’s. Read about it here.

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BIO FIRES VALENTINE’S DAY SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST

Share the Love with #BioFiresValentine Competition and Win a Meal for Two at Carluccio’s and a Cube Burner

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and however you spend this romantic day, we can all agree that love is the greatest thing and should be celebrated. It makes us happy, gives life meaning, and makes the world go round – we love love. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, Bio Fires want to spread the love among you with our new Valentine’s Day competition. Would you like to win a fantastic Valentine’s prize? Read on!

We’re asking you to share the love by writing a short message to someone you love or posting a picture for them on our social media pages. The winning entry will receive an amazing prize:

Planning a heart-warming Valentine’s Day for your amore or just want to have fun with your friends or family members? Take them to your nearest Carluccio’s restaurant for some authentic Italian atmosphere and treat them to Valentine’s chocolates or wine in their shop.

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Win a romantic meal for two at your local Carluccio’s restaurant by showing someone you love why they are special to you in our Valentine’s Day Competition.

Then bring some magical flame into your home with our stylish White Glass Cube Burner that will keep your heart cosy throughout the year.

How does it work?

We’re asking you to let others know how special they are to you – write a short sweet message in a comment below our competition post or post a picture* for them and tag them – don’t forget to use the hashtag #BioFiresValentine either. Feel free to write the message to anyone you feel close to, be it your partner, family member or friends.

To enter the competition, share the love and follow these simple rules.

How to enter the #BioFiresValentine Contest:

  1. Facebook: LIKE our page (that will allow us to tag the winner), LIKE the competition post, and leave a sweet COMMENT for the person or POST a photo for them to our Facebook page with the #BioFiresValentine hashtag. Don’t forget to tag the person/people the message is for! You can SHARE our competition post for extra points.
  2. Instagram: FOLLOW our profile, LIKE the competition photo, leave a sweet COMMENT with the person tagged or POST the photo to your Instagram account and tag the person. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BioFiresValentine and leave a COMMENT on the competition post (we may not be able to track your mention if your account is set to private so please make sure to leave a comment).
  3. Twitter: FOLLOW our profile, FAVOURITE the competition post and RETWEET it. TWEET to someone about how special they are to you or UPLOAD the photo to your Twitter account using the hashtag #BioFiresValentine. Don’t forget to mention @GelFireplaces and the person the message is for in the tweet.
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Leave a sweet message to your loved one or post a photo for them in our #BioFiresValentine Contest to win this stylish White Glass Cube Burner and £60 gift card for Carluccio’s.

Good luck and get posting!

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition runs until Tuesday 14th February 2017 inclusive.
  2. Only one entry per person is permitted. Bio Fires cannot be held responsible for any undelivered or invalid entries.
  3. The final winner will be drawn at random from all the entries that fulfil all the above-mentioned criteria and were submitted from 6th to 14th February 2017. The winning entry will receive the White Glass Cube Burner and a £60 Carluccio’s gift card.
  4. We may repost the supplied messages and images on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for others to appreciate.
  5. The competition is exclusive to social media and open for everyone over 18, based in the UK.
  6. The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. There is no cash or credit alternative available.

* We reserve the right to use supplied messages and photos on our website, blog and social media during the promotion of the competition and afterwards.

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Bio ethanol fires were the fireplace choice for a big multi-million pound home development plan, and Bio Fires are so proud to be part of this grand project.

Legendary Recording Studios Converted into Townhouse Mews Get Fireplace Glam with Bio Fires.

Guest content writer.Townhouse Studios that once hosted the biggest names in the music industry transformed into luxury homes with a touch of Bio Fires.

Bioethanol fires are becoming an important part of new home developments. Increasingly popular with interior designers, architects and homeowners who want to inject a dazzling, warming touch into a living space, bio ethanol fireplaces are the perfect fire solution that allows any home to have a beautiful fireplace anywhere they wish, without gas supply, installation, or chimney. So it makes no surprise that fires running on bio fuel were the fireplace choice for a big multi-million pound development plan, and Bio Fires are so proud to be part of this grand project.

Situated in Shepherd’s Bush, Townhouse Studios were built by Richard Branson as part of Virgin Studios Group in 1978, and since then saw a repertoire of big star names, building the studios reputation as one of the world’s greatest and most famous recording studios. The studios hosted some of the biggest stars from the last three decades, including Queen, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Oasis, Blur, Duran Duran, The Jam, the Sex Pistols, Coldplay, Muse, Kylie Minogue, Jamiroquai and Robbie Williams.

Townhouse Studios were built by Richard Branson as part of Virgin Studios Group in 1978.

Townhouse Recording Studios was used by the biggest stars in the music industry, including Oasis, Kylie Minogue and Coldplay.

In 1981 in the “Stone Room” of Studio 2, the explosive drums on Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight echoed within its hallowed walls with Hugh Padgham’s treatment of the drums. The room became a popular place to record drum sounds during the 1980s. The song was an instant hit, gaining worldwide radio airplay, becoming a pop rock oddity classic. In Studio 1, in 1997 Elton John recorded his tribute Candle in the Wind to Diana, Princess of Wales, on the afternoon of her funeral. The session on that September afternoon is now part of music history, and went on to become the largest and fastest selling single of all time.

"Candle in the Wind" was recorded in the famous Studio 2 of Townhouse Studios. A double A-side with "Something About the Way You Look Tonight". It was produced by Sir George Martin.

Elton John recorded Candle In The Wind for Diana, Princess of Wales, in Studio 1, which became the fastest selling single of all time. Picture source: rocktotick.com

The studio was owned by EMI in 1992, and went on to The Sanctuary Group in 2002. However, in 2008 the famous studio closed. So rich in the unique creative energy of historic and legendary musicians, the landmark property has now been revived with a new life as beautiful, cutting-edge mews houses, after a multi-million pound project. Elegantly arranged around a central glass courtyard, the new homes allow natural light to flow through the heart of the house into the interior space, creating harmoniously beautiful spaces, and offering a unique living environment.

Bio ethanol wall mount fireplace looks beautiful in the refurbished homes.

Bio Fires are proud to have our Phantom Flame featured in the newly refurbished Townhouse home.

Fitted to luxury standards, the state-of-the-art specification could only feature the most luxury standards of fireplaces. In tune with the stylish and contemporary needs of the interior design, Bio Fires very own Phantom Flame in Mirrored Finish floats seamlessly like a phantom on the walls of one of the apartments, completing it with luxurious elegance. Its magnificent regulating line of fire lights up the space with a dancing flame, whilst the sleek, polished mirror reflects and enhances the rooms.

In another apartment, a luxurious fireplace with an integrated Samsung LED television hangs on the walls. The Double Vision by Safretti smoothly unites two of the most important focal points of the room: a fireplace and a TV. An incredible product in harmony with the leading-edge standards of the space.

The Double Vision is a fireplace with an integrated 48” Samsung LED television.

The Double Vision by Safretti with its integrated Samsung LED television transforms this stylish luxury flat.

Bio Fires are proud to have our bio ethanol fireplaces mounted on the same walls that have seen such art and unique creativity being produced from legendary artists like Robbie Williams, Elton John, Blur, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor, Tom Jones, Coldplay, Muse and Duran Duran. As the history of Townhouse Studios lives on in story and in song, new life begins in new homes, and Bio Fires are equally as proud to be part of the new Townhouse life.

 

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Bio Fires’ Favourite Christmas Movies

The Bio Fires team share their most loved Christmas films

We all love to cosy at home by the fireplace with a great  Christmas movie to get us into the Xmas spirit. With so many wonderful classics to get us into the mood, we all have our own favourite Xmas movie. So we asked the team which film gets them into the festive feeling.

1. Scrooged

Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' turns into a modern comedy.

2. The Nightmare Before ChristmasTim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a quirky perspective on Xmas

3. ElfWill Farrell is hilarious in comedy film Elf

4. The Polar ExpressThe Polar Express is a magical Christmas story

5. Home Alone

Home Alone is a funny Xmas comedy

6. The Snowman

 Raymond Briggs The Snowman is a heart warming classic

7. The Family Stone

The Family Stone is a great family comedy

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

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‘Tis the season to give, so this Christmas reach out and give the greatest gift

Ways to lend a helping hand to those in need of love and support this Christmas

The true spirit of Christmas is the one of giving and sharing, which is why we have built a tradition of gift giving; a way to thank others and show them how much we care. It is also a time we tend to reflect on our blessings, remembering those less fortunate than us, and making a difference. We at Bio Fires fully understand the importance of a loving, warm home. It’s something we hold dear to our hearts, and it’s why we do what we do. It’s hard to imagine that during this most wonderful time of celebration, surrounded by loved ones, there are those in need of shelter, warmth, food and care. No one should have to feel the absence of these important, yet simple things, so think about making a real difference and lasting change to someone’s life this year.

There are many great charities that run special Christmas projects so that giving can be made easier, and even fun. Read and learn about the charities that we believe do special things over Christmas, and discover unique ways you can give.

1. Volunteering for Crisis at Christmas

Christmas is one of the most difficult times for homeless people. Crisis is the national charity for homeless people who are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

Volunteer at Crisis for Christmas to make a difference this Xmas.

If you have some spare time over Christmas, we couldn’t recommend volunteering with Crisis enough.

Crisis at Christmas is a wonderful project supporting homeless people every year at this hard time. You can volunteer on two or more days in one of their centres over the Christmas period, giving your time and skills to help more than 4,000 homeless guests. Crisis are on the look out for those with specialist skills (like dentists, lorry drivers, hairdressers, and performers) as well as a team of general volunteers ready to help out and make a difference so that guests can enjoy hot food, a shower, a haircut, and clean clothing. They can also receive general health and dental care, and physiotherapy.

By giving your time and meeting those you are directly helping, you can gain a greater understanding of homelessness, helping change the stigma and the way society thinks and acts towards homeless people. And with over 10,000 volunteers, working side to side with others to make a difference can be fun as well as rewarding.

2. Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children

Christmas Jumper Day is fast approaching! Get together with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, dress up in your most fantastic, glitziest festive jumper and show the world your silly side. It’s not just silly jumpers, stick on the reindeer antlers, bauble earrings, Santa hat, and throw on the glitter – the sillier the better. We’ve joined in with the fun by signing up, donating and donning our festive jumpers here at Bio Fires.

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Get silly for a serious cause, and don your most festive jumper for Save the Children.

Save the Children give children all over the world a brighter future, creating lasting change in their lives. By getting together, wearing a Christmas Jumper and donating £2 each, you’ll be helping to save children’s lives all around the world, tackling issues concerning poverty, hunger, education, children’s rights and protection. With your kind donation you can help the charity in their vision of a world in which every child gets the right to survival, development, protection, and participation.

People everywhere will be getting in on the act so join in the fun and make a difference by showing your Christmas spirit this Friday, 16th December!

3. Buy Christmas lunch for a homeless person

This Christmas Bio Fires have also chosen to give to The Connection, a charity which helps thousands of homeless Londoners to escape from and stay off the streets. They provide a range of specialist services including: a day & night centre, street outreach, help finding employment, and specialist mental health and addiction support. By helping people address their problems, they will be able to make the important steps away from the streets so they can re-enter society.

Buy a warm Xmas lunch for a homeless person

By donating just £5 to The Connection, you will be paying for one homeless person to have a warm Christmas lunch.

Bio Fires are holding our annual Christmas dinner, where we will celebrate the festivities together with a lovely meal and a drink. As a charitable twist we have asked each person to donate £5 to the charity’s Christmas Lunch campaign.The £5 will pay for one homeless person to have a full Christmas lunch in the warmth and understanding of the charity’s London centre. You, too, can donate £5 for a Christmas lunch here and help a homeless person not to spend Christmas alone.

We learn that Christmas is a time for giving, so give the gift of kindness and find a cause that warms your heart and inspires you to make a difference.

 

 

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Bio Fires gave to you … – Win a Prize Every Day in Our #12DaysOfXmas Competition!

Join in the #12DaysOfXmas Giveaway Fun On Facebook and Twitter

We are ready to start the Christmas countdown, how about you? Here at Bio Fires we are spreading the Christmas joy and treating you to a surprise giveaway in addition to our #BioFiresXmas Photo Contest. For the next 12 days up until the 23rd December, we will be offering you a chance to win a daily prize. Join in the Christmas fun and grab your Christmas presents as we count down to the jolliest holiday of the year!

How does it work?

Every day from the 12th to the 22nd December we will post a question on our Facebook and Twitter page as well as on this blog, giving you the chance to win one of our Aura Oils. One lucky winner will be drawn at random daily and will receive an Aura Oil of their choice. On the last day before Christmas Eve, the final winner will be drawn at random from all the entries submitted on Twitter and Facebook between 12th and 22nd December. The final lucky winner of our #12DaysOfXmas Competition will receive our popular White Glass Cube, a beautiful tabletop burner that will bring magic to your winter evenings.

Win a bio ethanol glass cube portable mini burner fireplace.

The final winner of #12DaysOfXmas contest will win a White Glass Cube Burner, a stunning mini fire to dazzle your home this winter.

How to enter the giveaway?

  1. On Facebook: LIKE our Facebook page, LIKE the competition post and send us the answer to the question in a private message or leave a comment. SHARE for extra points and don’t forget to use the hashtag #12DaysOfXmas!
  2. On Twitter: FOLLOW our Twitter profile, FAVOURITE the competition post and RETWEET it. TWEET the answer tagging @GelFireplaces and using the hashtag #12DaysOfXmas.
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Enter our daily #12DaysOfXmas competition for a chance to win brilliant prizes.

How well do you know your Christmas trivia?

Day 1 (12 December): In ’The Twelve Days of Christmas’, how many lords are a-leaping?

Day 2 (13 December): What famous celebrity sat next to our fireplace in the pre-Xmas edition of Radio Times (3-9 Dec)?

Day 3 (14 December): What’s the name of the famous Dickens’ Christmas story?

Day 4 (15 December): Which country in the world gets to celebrate Christmas first?

Day 5 (16 December): “The weather outside is frightful but the … is so delightful.” What’s the missing word?

Day 6 (17 December): How many Aura Fragrance Oils are there in our collection?

Day 7 (18 December): Name 8 Santa’s reindeer.

Day 8 (19 December): What is Macaulay Culkin’s name in Home Alone?

Day 9 (20 December): “Last Christmas I gave you my… “ What did George Michael give?

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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Make your fireplace experience even more delightful with our fragrance oils. If you don’t have one of our fireplaces, you can use Aura Oils in a regular oil diffuser.

Terms and Conditions
1. The competition runs until Friday, 23rd December. Please note: prizes won after the last Christmas shipping date (21/12) will be sent at the beginning of January.

2. One winner per day will be drawn at random from entries submitted on our Facebook and Twitter pages until midnight on the previous day. The last question will be posted on Thursday, 22nd December.

3. On the last day of the competition, the final winner will be drawn at random from all the entries submitted from the 12th to the 23rd December.

4. The final winner will receive the White Glass Cube Burner.

5. Only one entry per person per day is permitted. Bio Fires cannot be held responsible for any undelivered or invalid entries.

6. The competition is exclusive to social media and is open for everyone over 18, based in the UK.

7. The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. There is no cash or credit alternative available.

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