Light My Fire

by Melanie, November 15, 2013

The mercury is dropping fast here on the East Coast and everybody is heading inside to hearth and home.  Time to warm up by some stylish fireplaces — we’ve got lots of warm looks to share:

Whittington Design Studio

Travertine is frequently used for fireplace surrounds but we think using the same stone for the mantle piece makes this modern fireplace more interesting.

Whittington Design Studio

Our client wanted a contemporary look, so we replaced a traditional dental moulding mantle with the concave profile of cove moulding and re-faced the fireplace with glass mosaic tile in shades of blue, green and white.  The adjacent built-ins were designed to integrate seamlessly into the new mantle.

Whittington Design Studio

The original floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace wall was too imposing in this small basement space so we re-faced it with a smooth, glass mosaic and added a cantilevered mantle that was finished to coordinate with the cocktail ottoman.

Whittington Design Studio

A painted brick surround was transformed with glass mosaic and a stone hearth and then framed with a wood mantle for an updated traditional look in this Arlington family room.

Whittington Design Studio

Here a travertine fireplace surround is integrated into a millwork application (1×8 MDF) for a contemporary, “wrapped” effect.

But wait, there’s more!  Warm you hands by these hot fireplace looks from around the internet….

We love the way the lavender painted millwork makes the mantle pop.

A little old Europe fresco treatment for a glamorous fire.

House & Home
Love the interesting lines on this custom limestone mantle.

House & Home
A classic white mantle pops against gray paint.

Better Homes & Gardens
White on white is pretty too.

The stonework on this mantle soars to new heights.
Brad Ford ID
Stone facing and a black mantle combine for a sophisticated but earthy mix.
(For a real designer fireplace, use birch logs and NEVER burn them!)

Design Therapy
A sleek, concrete fireplace surround blends into the concrete wall.  
Love the rough-hewn slab hearth!

A sleek and minimalist look with the hearth multitasking as a bench.

Style Files
Wood storage becomes an architectural element.

Bob Vila
Painted concrete as fireplace surround.

Home & Design
Earth-toned slate grounds a soaring space.

We found it on Pinterest but we think this fireplace might actually live in Texas.
Ollie & Seb’s House
What’s black and white and warm all over?
House & Home
A tiny fireplace makes a big impact with an oversized re-facing treatment.
Architectural Art Designs
This architectural column fireplace is just cool….um, hot!
House & Home
Painted mantle, dramatic wall covering, super glam — love that lamp.

Elle Decor
Bright pink walls, gilded mantle, earthy mirror — this is a showstopper!  
(And birch logs to boot!)

House & Home
Don’t have a wood-burning fireplace?  
You can still create the look with a mantle and faux chimney (and some birch logs!)

And check out these cool fireplace accessories — no folding, black hardware store screens here!

One of a Kind Antiques
Why do I feel like my andirons are watching me?

1st Dibs
These fireplace tools would look great by a white, minimalist fireplace.

There are so many great ways to stay cozy by the fire this winter.  So go ahead and light a stylish fire.  You’ll feel all warm inside.

Do it!

p.s.  Speaking of feeling warm inside, try a warming cocktail to enhance your next fireside chat.

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider
Food 52
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