In retrospect, I have no idea how we didn’t notice this right away. We moved into our house thinking that the decorative fireplace was a completely pointless ornamental hole in the wall, and we never suspected that there might be more to it than that. Even though, looking back, there were clues visible in a number of photos I’ve taken, including one that I posted in the virtual house tour a few months back. Take a close look at this shot of our fireplace:
It turns out, that dark square thing under the log is an electrical outlet. And the log itself isn’t just a decoration, but an actual electric log.
We’d already been living here for a couple months when I finally noticed the wire tucked away behind the log, and the electrical outlet beneath it, and then tried plugging the wire into the outlet to see what would happen. This was the result:
Nifty, right? I’ll admit I got way too excited when I made this discovery. (Just imagine me yelling through the house, “Oh my god! Joe! Joe! Come look at this!” until he came running.) Judging from the style of the plug, it seems pretty old, and it’s just a simple steady glow — no fire-like flickering or anything like that.
Still, knowing that the outlet is right there, we could easily swap out this electric log with a more modern one down the road. A quick Google Shopping search for “electric log” turns up all kinds of (relatively inexpensive) options, with LED’s and flickering effects and even some that generate heat.
Anyway, even though it’s still purely decorative, the warm glow is a welcome addition to our living room — it adds a cozy atmosphere that should be perfect for winter and the holiday season. And the whole thing makes me wonder what other neat little details we might just be overlooking in this old house.
What about you guys? Did you ever discover anything surprising about your home after already living there for a while?