July: Faux-Log Summer Front

Whether your fireplace is out of commission just for the season or is more decorative than functional, follow the example of TOH reader Morgan Spenla of San Diego, California, and play it up as a focal point year-round. "I liked the look of stacked logs inside but wanted something easy to remove," she says. So with a few simple tools and materials, she built a summer front that can be set aside when it's time to light up some firewood.

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