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Linear fireplace key part of designer's personal basement remodel

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 20, 2019 11:05:03 AM

The following is a guest post from interior designer Vanessa Francis:

I renovated my unfinished basement as my house is fairly small and I wanted to have a space for my teenage daughter and her friends to hang out, have sleepovers and not be wandering around at malls or other places. I also wanted a small gym/yoga studio for both of us to use.

Vanessa Francis' basement remodel featuring Dimplex IgniteXL electric fireplace

A friend of mine had just renovated her basement and installed a beautiful, linear fireplace. I just loved the simple and sleek look and knew it would be perfect in my own space. I had saved many inspiration images of walls featuring linear fireplaces and TV’s so knew that I could make this work in my space and it would be as beautiful as what I envisioned.



I worked with Dimplex to install their 50” IgniteXL electric fireplace. It is linear, sleek, modern and only 5-1/2” deep which works perfectly in my small basement.  It actually sits atop a narrow, floating cabinet on the wall. The 50” length was the perfect size for a wall that had to accommodate the depth of my sectional, a TV and the fireplace before a window.

Like most basements, it can get really cold. Since the space would primarily be used for relaxing and watching TV, being able to adjust the temperature for comfort is really important. This unit from Dimplex not only looks beautiful, it also produces enough heat to keep my basement at the perfect temperature for what I’m using it for each day. And on days when I don’t need the heat on the fireplace turned on, we can still enjoy the realistic (and colorful) flames.

Vanessa Francis' basement remodel features a blend of contemporary and classic design

As I look at the space I created, I simply cannot imagine not having the Dimplex unit there. It really does deliver on the warm, inviting, space I wanted to create. And not only is it a place for my daughter and her friends to spend time together, but I have also been spending a lot of time there as well.

Vanessa Francis is an Interior Decorator and Stylist based just outside of Toronto. Clients praise Vanessa for her ability to mix styles, textures and finishes which keep her designs personal, thoughtful and fresh. She would describe her style as refined simplicity – timeless, classic, layered yet understated.
Her work has been featured in print both in Canada and the US.  These publications include House & Home, Style at Home, Canadian Living, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Luxe Interiors and Design. Her YouTube videos with House & Home have over 500K views. She has also been featured online on all of the top design sites – House Beautiful, DesignSponge, Domino and HGTV to name a few.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and graduated from the Interior Design program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Vanessa Francis

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