Hey , I'm Sarah .
This is behind the design and I'm sharing my top three favorite design features in each room from Sarah off the grid .
Season two .
This is behind the design for the living room .
You know , I'm here to tell you about my three favorite elements and not surprisingly , sometimes my favorite elements are a great deal .
First , let's talk about the coffee table .
This coffee table , I bought the base , it was brass and I have had it stored in the basement for at least three years .
Because it was always in great shape .
But for some reason , the brass finish was never quite right .
So you know what I decided to do ?
I decided to get out a can of trim clad spray paint .
We sprayed this table in matte black .
We are talking about a simple and easy diy .
Then I called my marble supplier and I said I'm looking for a table top that's 44 inches round .
Do you happen to have anything in a gray marble and presto ?
Magic voila ?
Please admire this coffee table next .
Great deal that I love in this room .
It's the built in benches .
Because they are made with refrigerator cabinets .
What refrigerator cabinets ?
I know this is not a new idea for me .
I've done this numerous times in numerous houses , but I've never used them flanking a fireplace and I will definitely be doing this again .
This is a super easy project .
So what I did was I got four refrigerator cabinet units .
Here's a tip for you .
They come in two different depths .
You can get them shallow , just 15 inches deep or you can get them 24 inches deep .
I got the 24 inch deep version because you know what this means ?
Awesome storage .
Then I sprayed the door fronts and then the trick to make them really look custom and great .
I prop them up .
These are just two by fours turned on their side .
So I gave them a kick to elevate them off the ground and make them float .
I recessed the kick way back in .
So you don't see it .
So it looks like these cabinets are actually floating and wall hung .
Now , if you want a bench , you want some softness , right ?
So , you know what's topping these ?
These are crib mattresses .
How good is that ?
They were $60 ?
Final ingredient is the fireplace .
And I need to tell you quickly , a few reasons why I love this fireplace so much .
It's made by a company called Enviro and it is the Q three model thing .
Number one , I love about it .
Is look how streamlined the profile is .
It is not all messy on the face with vents .
It is designed to be crisp and modern and so that you can lay your facing material , whether it's tile or whether it's natural stone like I've used , you can bring it right up to the edge .
So this is about as crisp and clean and contemporary as it gets .
But the coolest and best feature of this fireplace is it doesn't need a chimney .
This is a direct vent gas unit that can run off natural gas or propane .
And literally as long as you have enough clearance from the house beside you , I think it's about 3 ft , then you can knock a hole in the wall .
It direct vents outside .
You don't have a big messy chimney going up that you have to clad around .
You literally have this gorgeous box .
It cranks out the heat .
I actually opted for the smaller of the two units available .
And I'm really glad that I did because let me tell you it can heat up a room which may not be what we're all looking for right now as we head into summer .
But I want you thinking ahead because in winter , this thing rocks .
So when it comes to contemporary , when it comes to actually also creating heat with a beautiful look , an affordable price point , an easy installation and direct vent .
This is the unit I love