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Fireplace Inserts + Design Options

by | Nov 12, 2019 | Decorating Inspiration, My Living Room, My Seattle House

Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Sneak peek of our new fireplace!

This post is in partnership with Napoleon Fireplaces

What could be a cozier and more romantic feature in a room than a fireplace? There’s nothing quite as comforting as the warmth of a fireplace or as relaxing as the soft light of flames sparkling.

With the installation of the brand new gas insert to our living room fireplace, I’m feeling so cozy and even more excited for winter than I even imagined!

I cannot wait to share all of the photos, I’ll have the full reveal of this project posted very soon. Thank you for being excited with us about this project. (If you missed my last post sharing our plans and living room mood board, you can catch up here!)

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on inserts and details on the one we chose (and why!). Today I wanted to share more about the process and the details on the model we selected!

Fireplace Inserts + Design Options

Once we were ready to explore the option of adding an insert to our existing fireplace, we began by looking through Napoleon Fireplace’s website to learn more about the possibilities.

They have so many wonderful styles and options, but I know it can feel overwhelming to decide when you are starting any new and unfamiliar project in your home.

That’s one reason I recommend starting a project like this by browsing a reputable brand’s website or going to local showrooms. It’s so important to consult with trusted professionals who can help you to navigate the options you have and can help you find your way through the entire process.

Fireplace Inserts + Design Options

Napoleon has dealers around the country and world so you’ll be in great hands wherever you live. I had never actually purchased a fireplace insert before so I was definitely grateful for Napoleon’s expertise. I knew wanted a quality brand and model, and needed to feel confident that I what I selected would be safe and compatible for use with our existing fireplace.

Napoleon offers a really helpful Fireplace Design Studio online so you can check out the customization options and visualize how it will all look in your space. They have SO many options, even outdoor fireplaces, which got my wheels turning (imagine an outdoor fireplace in my side or back yard?!!).

Once I had all of my questions on models, features and installation answered, I was confident that I had found the perfect insert to be installed in our home.

The first step to getting the project rolling was scheduling a date for our installer to visit our home so they could check out the fireplace. If you are in the Seattle area we used and recommend Sutter Home and Hearth, they were wonderful and so helpful.

Our installer followed up with a detailed email describing the process and the proposed timeline, as well how they would prepare and install our insert to exceed our design standards, too! We then sent in our contract and deposit.

Then we took care of the fireplace cleaning with a local chimney sweep, had an electrical outlet moved within our fireplace to create more room for the insert and eagerly awaited our install date!

Here are the specifics on the model we chose:

Napoleon Oakville series insert

GDIX4 (which we chose because it is a larger premium model) 

Brick panel – Westminster Brick DBPIX4WS (we chose this for the interior, just for a little extra architectural character).

LBK3B3047 (Large 3-sided backerplate measuring 30” x 47”) in Black Finish (our installer needed to modify this to create a custom fit)

This video below shows some of the cool features of our insert!

I LOVE that it comes with a remote. It connects to Bluetooth eFIRE, so it can also be controlled with an app on my phone! It’s so easy to operate off and on as well as to change the flame heights and control the temperature. You can even set it to turn off at a specific time at night, which is a really handy feature.

There are so many unique ways to use fireplaces or inserts in any kind of room (indoor or outdoor!). Every room is better with a fireplace!

Here is some inspiration from the gallery on Napoleon’s website to get your wheels turning with the possibilities:

Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Napoleon Fireplaces
Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Napoleon Fireplaces
Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Napoleon Fireplaces
Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Napoleon Fireplaces
Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Napoleon Fireplaces
Fireplace Inserts + Design Options
Napoleon Fireplaces

As I’m writing this post I’m sitting by our finished fireplace with our new insert, and you guys! I couldn’t be happier. It turned out beautifully and is OH SO COZY.

Thank you all for being excited with me about the new update to our living room!

I can’t wait to show you the revealstay tuned!

*UPDATE* Ready to see the fireplace REVEAL? We love how this project turned out! Click HERE to see the after!


  1. Deanna Rabe

    So great!

  2. Melodye

    I love a cozy fire on chilly evenings! I’ve barely used our gas fireplace, because it just doesn’t get that cold in sunny SoCal; but this post reminds me that I should take advantage of the occasional moments when I can.

    And oh hey! I’ve been looking for a beautiful wooden tray with metal handles…and there it is, in your fireplace vignette! Wondering: Would you be willing to share with me/us your source?

    • Marilyn

      Melissa, why did you choose an insert rather than a set of gas logs and a set of glass fireplace doors to fit your fireplace opening? We’re trying to decide what to do with an open masonry fireplace in our (new to us) home. Great for Santa access (if he still came) but otherwise I don’t like it open because it “breathes” and puffs smokey smelling air into the room during certain weather even with the damper closed. I’m sure we’ll lose heat this winter if it remains open. Thanks for input because I’m currently looking at black framed glass fireplace doors.

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  4. Donna Keidel

    I hope they have a double sided option! I’ve been debating this and with our first snow today, I’d love to pull the trigger!!

    • Lucy

      We have a double sided fireplace too bit it’s never really vented itself properly, which means cozy fires are few and far between at our house. It didn’t even occur to me that there might be double sided inserts – I hope there are!

  5. Mercedes

    We just had a huge cold snap in our area w temps below freezing and last Friday our heater/air con combo wore out n died ! Until this Monday when they could come and replace it we had our fireplace insert with the fan heating our entire 4100 sqft house. It kept it warm enough to be ok and surprised me a lot . hearers are very expensive to replace n having the fireplace as an emergency back up never occurred to us before but now I think they are an even better idea . Charm along w safety is a win for me . I love how yours looks it really is so charming .

  6. Jo Jo

    I’m so glad you’ve completed the Fireplace insert process and are enjoying it already! I love the style of insert you chose. As I’m writing this to you, I am actually sitting in my living room with my feet up in front of our fireplace ( Gas) and enjoying the warm coziness if it all because it is SNOWING here right now! Very, very unusual for DE in November, but I’m loving it! ( it’s melting as it hits the ground..) You made an awesome choice in inserts, Melissa, and I can’t wait to see the reveal! God Bless!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh my goodness, Jo Jo, snow already?!! Stay warm and cozy by that fire, that’s the perfect spot to be.

  7. Kim

    Looking forward to the reveal! We love our gas fireplace ?

  8. Lynn Marie

    Can’t wait to see the reveal! Your couch looks like mine—pillows and dogs ☺!

  9. Debbie - MountainMama

    I can’t wait to see the reveal!! And the insert will add an extra layer of cozy for Christmas!

  10. Jen

    We have a gas insert fireplace too and it is BY FAR my favourite thing ever in our home. I’ve had a real wood burning fireplace and modern gas fireplace in past homes and this style tops them all. The convenience of gas and the real wood look can’t be beat. Can’t wait to see your living room!

  11. Rebekah Ybarra

    I cannot keep this to myself. Jesus loves you with all His heart and adores you. So does our Heavenly Father. Jesus is the way the truth and the life back to our Father in Heaven! <3 Praying for ALL of you and God bless you ABUNDANTLY <3

  12. Natalie Emerson

    Hi Melissa! Love love love! What are the details on your stone surrounding and the materials for the adjacent bookcase? Is it stone as well? I love the way it looks!

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