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Curling up in front of the fireplace has long been a source of warmth and comfort as Old Man Winter tries to break us down with bitter cold temperatures, mind-numbingly harsh winds and inclement weather.

But like everything else in the home, the beloved fireplace of yesteryear (aka the simple brick cutout with a mesh screen positioned just so) has become just another area homeowners don’t dare leave untouched.

So throw on your comfiest clothes, stoke up the fire and check out some of these beauties.

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Credit: Murray Homes

Simple and elegant, this fireplace blends right in with your current décor.

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Credit: www.homihomi.com

Can’t decide which room to call home? No worries! This see-through fireplace solves that dilemma quickly and easily. Bonus points for built-in storage.

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Credit: www.homestratosphere.com

If you’ve been sans fireplace due to lack of space, an electric fireplace—hung vertically—will take all your troubles away.

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Credit: www.freshome.com

View? What view? This fireplace will bring warmth to any room, never detracting from the view.

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Credit: www.homedit.com

For those of us who are artists at heart—and really, who isn’t?—a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to creating a masterpiece that will undoubtedly be the topic of conversation among friends and family alike.

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Credit: www.homedit.com

Make a statement and let your fireplace shine as the true center of attention.

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Credit: www.housely.com

Indoor fire pit for the win!

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Credit: www.housely.com

What can be better than soaking in front of the fire? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just make sure you close the curtains. Your neighbors will thank you.

Paige Tepping is RISMedia’s managing editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at paige@rismedia.com.

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.