Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pull up a chair...

Nothing conjures up thoughts of comfort and warmth like a fireplace. Even when not in use fireplaces are the focal point in a room. They are as diverse as people themselves. They can be dressed up or down. They can be grand or simple. They can be painted or stained wood. They can be metal or stone.

I have chosen a few of my favorites for you today from Country Home. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

In this room I love this carved stone, gothic surround is topped with a contrasting, aging mirror. This pairing is divine. Notice the way the firelight is reflected in the hearth. What a nice touch!

In this colonial room, the mantel wears a traditional coat of paint. The log basket, brick hearth and firescreen add texture.

This room is a statement in simplicity. The mantel is basic and understated; the woodstove, clean and curvy. The books, throws, and sisal rug add warmth and texture.

This mantel shows a delicate texture, which plays nicely off the bricks and the wood floor. Notice how the color of the mantel echoes the color of the metal accents around the room. The sculpture, being the only ornament on the mantel, commands attention.

This mantel shows that aged patina that I so dearly love. Notice the copper pot that houses split wood and the sepia-toned sheep photo above the mantel. These tie in nicely with the wood accents in the room.

I hope your home and your heart are filled with a warm glow on this chilly February evening.

Until next time...

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