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5 Cement Fireplace Ideas

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Hello industrial! Cement almost does the same thing to me as raw steel, it gets my heart a pumpin’ and I adore it. It’s modern and masculine and exactly what I like. (I know I’m a girl and I shouldn’t love masculine design like I do, but it’s so edgy). The large cement blocks really set the focal point in a room and the hard cool surface really demands attention. I like this because it makes it easy to balance out the masculine cement by adding in warm soft textures in the finishing touches like the blankets and rugs.

Because we’ll have a pretty warm and modern kitchen, wood with white, I think it’s safe to take a little risk on our fireplace. We have a two story great room, so the fireplace reaching almost 21 feet high and 6 feet wide could be quite the focal piece if we do it right.  Here are some of my favorite looks of modern/industrial cement fireplaces that I’ve found. We’ll incorporate a few of them in our own design. Wish us luck.

1. Cement Fireplace Ideas

2. Mantel and 3.Hearth Ideas

I’m pretty set on the cement being the base of the fireplace but the mantel and hearth (the surface in front of and/or on the sides of the firebox) adds an entirely new variable to the fireplace design. A couple things I like are 1. the asymmetrical look is everywhere, lots of modern fireplaces are leaving the hearth longer on one side than the other.  2. I love the idea of having the hearth and mantel in a contrasting color as the fireplace background or even a contrasting material.
These guys put a thin piece of steel as their mantel. So cool.

4. TV Ideas

The dreaded TV. I hate even talking about how much I despise putting a TV above our fireplace. It will basically ruin any artistic value the cement fireplace might have had (yes, I am allowed to be dramatic about this one). Aesthetically I truly don’t want to put it above our fireplace but in this case practicality wins. Having a TV in our living area is practical and since the fireplace will take up most of our wall (yes, we’ll only have one usable wall because one is full of windows, one is an open staircase, and the other is open to the kitchen) so it has to be the place for both. Because of this, I found some gorgeous rooms that the TV still would look classy against a cement fireplace. There’s even an idea about a hidden TV. Hmmmmm…

5.Wood Additions

Even though we are using a gas burning fireplaces, I still adore the addition of a wood element to a fireplace as a little natural decoration to incorporate the warmness of wood.
What do you think? Do you like the look of a cement fireplace and what do you think makes them work in a room?

Modern Interior – Utah Valley Parade of Homes Tour part 1

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I’m sure part of it is the barbecues, crisp air, yummy desserts and a little house planning that makes this time of year so fun, but a big part of my love for this season is it’s Parade time. Utah has a few different areas that host the Parade of Homes so from June to September we pick and choose houses to walk through (and probably see 75+ homes) from the St. George Parade of Homes, Utah Valley Parade of Homes (definitely my favorite), Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes, Salt Lake Parade of Homes and Park City Showcase of Homes (which is also a favorite) and we love every dang second of it. There’s something about the Parade that gets my blood a bubblin’. Modern interiors and out-of-the-box ideas are in the air.

To say I’m a Parade veteran is an understatement. We’ve went for as many years as I can remember and the love started waaaay before I ever planned on growing up, having a family or building a house of my own. I’m only half teasing when I say my obsession with houses is my dad’s fault. I remember helping pick out his countertops at his projects when my sister and I were still in Elementary school.

To start this series of posts, I want to share with you some of my favorite houses from the Utah Valley Parade of Homes and give you a glimpse into some of my favorite houses that incorporated modern interior design perfectly. So, here you have part one of your virtual Parade of Homes tour.

In order of my favorite houses, (it was a hard race for first place between #1 and #31) but first up house #31 by Emerald Homes. Too cool. The thick beams and the stacked brick were my favorites on the exterior. Let’s not forget the incredible modern landscaping and don’t you love the steel boxes that make a cozy little home for those killer trees? Inside you can find the same stacked brick on the fireplace and the same thick cedar exposed beams. It made a great combination for a mid century feeling while still keeping a very modern interior and a sense of elegance.

This stacked brick chimney shows the modern design in this awesome house tour on Happy Confetti Design
Modern landscaping details with metal flower beds in this Parade of Homes house tour on Happy Confetti Design

modern house numbers and flower beds in this home tour on Happy Confetti Design

This stacked brick fireplace and modern carpet shows off awesome elements in this trendy house tour!

Very few houses rock the flooring like this one did. The carpet, tile and wood were all unique and definitely caught my eye. On the tile they mirrored the same stacked look as they had on the fireplace and paired it with a very light contemporary wood that had tons of texture.

Way cool modern floor in this house tour on Happy Confetti Design

Love how modern this tile looks stacked like this! Find more trendy house ideas on Happy Confetti's Parade of Homes house tour.

I’m still searching for these awesome copper air plant holders that were on their kitchen table. Love their styling and attention to all the little details.

These awesome air plant containers were found in this modern house tour on Happy Confetti Design.

Loving this modern desk with exposed wood and open shelves in this modern house tour on Happy Confetti Design!

Such cute details with this marble tray and succulents in this house tour by Happy Confetti Design.

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Doesn’t this light look an awful lot like my favorite lights ever I talked about here?!?

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

There’s something about a black wall in a bedroom that I can’t get enough of. Classy.

Loving this Modern Interior House Tours in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Coolest bedroom in this modern interior home tour

I’d love to know what you think? Do you like it or any ideas that inspire you?

Next up is house #1 by Magleby Construction. Come back to see what’s behind this awesome entry…

Awesome modern glass door in the Parade of homes house tour on Happy Confetti Design


Modern Kitchen Cabinets

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Let’s talk modern kitchen cabinets. In our family the kitchen is the central part of our home, the place people linger to grab a snack or sit at the bar to finish homework. It needs to be functional yet pretty. Inviting yet stylish. Your kitchen cabinets will set the style, tone and feeling you give this central part of your house.  I don’t think you can never go wrong with classic traditional cabinets but my heart will always have space for modern kitchen cabinets. The clean, sleek look gets me every time.

We had a cabinet guy up at our new house last night and it had me thinking of what I’d have in my dream kitchen. Besides having lots of cabinets that I can organize the crap out of, I found some really cool inspirational pictures that do modern kitchen cabinets perfectly. Here’s what I’m thinking.


White. I adore bright white space but lets not get too carried away. I could show you countless all white kitchens that look fabulous but if I am going to live in a space, I need a little color to warm it up. I love my doctor, but I don’t want to live at his office. Okay, that was lame but you get the point. Let’s start with stark white walls and warm it up a bit with some browns and warm grays. We are thinking of doing white upper cabinets by the stove/hood and a modern brown on the island on the refrigerator’s wall. I’m obsessed with these brown colors and the modern horizontal grain in them that contrast the bright white.

Cabinet Styles

Nothing says modern kitchen cabinets like horizontal lines. We saw it in the wood grain, but let’s add another horizontal in the way we hang our cabinets. I like the idea of switching up the directions and doing some cabinets horizontal and some vertical. The longer pulls accentuate this horizontal cabinet style too. And please, let’s not overlook having a couple glass doors. You can’t see exactly what’s in these ones, which is nice, but it gives the cabinets an ultra cool feeling.

Modern Kitchen cabinets


We will have an entire wall of cabinets with nothing else on that wall except a fridge at the very beginning, so I had to get some ideas of how we can break the cabinets up without losing on storage. Ideally, I’d love to have no upper cabinets but practicality takes over. I think my dream kitchen would have so much storage, I’d finally have a spot for all my cake stands. The best solution I’ve found is having open backsplash up to open shelving with some fee floating cabinets above for storage. That would give an open shelving feeling so I could display some of my cute plates but still looks clean and modern. What would you do?

modern kitchen ideas


Modern Kitchen Cabinet ideas on Happy Confetti , kitchen by Siren-Lauvdal-—-Elle-decoration
Modern Kitchen Cabinet ideas on Happy Confetti , photos by Siren-Lauvdal- for -Elle-decoration


I always have papers and bills that need a home and somehow always end up on the kitchen counter. I love the idea of a desk in the kitchen to hide the paper clutter. These desks integrate into the cabinets seamlessly without standing out as an eyesore. It’s like a hidden gem.

Other Ideas for Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Doors and Hardware

A perfect modern kitchen has a flat paneled door and sleek hardware, in my opinion. Nothing fancy or curvy, just straight lines do the trick.


I love it under the upper cabinets and it’s a cute surprise in the silverware drawer.

Toe Kicks

I adore these white cabinets with a wood toe kick.

modern kitchen cabinet ideas on Happy Confetti


Pull out drawers, garbage can drawers, utensil separators and this drawer inside a drawer idea is genius. My favorite storage find so far though is keeping your dishes inside a drawer instead of a cabinet. This would be brilliant with little ones around.

What do you think? What elements would you include when designing your modern kitchen cabinets?