Longing for the slopes? Recreate the rustic lodge look at home by covering your plain Jane fireplace surround with cast stone veneers. Today's veneers look a lot like the real thing, with styles ranging from stacked stone to river rock. And if its nicer price tag makes it an option that's hard to pass up, the DIY-friendly installation will seal the deal. Next, scour online auctions and flea markets for old wooden skis and perhaps even an elk skull. Now if you could just put a snow-covered mountain in your backyard.
Find out how to do it yourself in How to Install a Stone Veneer Fireplace Surround
Fieldledge stone in Adante, about $10 per square foot (including DIY supplies); Eldorado Stone