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Choose a fully enclosed insert if you're putting in a gas fireplace. These have glass fronts and door-like metalwork, and a fan and vents to send warm air into the house instead of up the chimney. Enclosed units put 85 to 99 percent of their heat into the living space, so you stay warm while burning less propane or natural gas than with inserts that have operable glass doors. You'll pay $2,000 for a heat-producing insert, installed—an investment that pays for itself over time with lower…

Clean spacial lines and almost-empty bookshelves make the Room's Architecture the focus of this space. From Belgian Pearls' blog.