Favorite fireplace items

2018 is off to a frigid start, and this month’s cross-country cold snap is the perfect excuse to hibernate in front of a cozy fireplace. Surround details aside, I love how a hearth is like a fresh, blank canvas waiting to be dressed up with accessories, fixtures and personal treasures. Here are a few of my favorite fireplace items to bring its stylish personality to life.

Fireplace accessories

I like the idea of displaying a suite of fireplace tools, similar to showcasing pots and pan in a kitchen. I find that incorporating these accessories in a space adds character and offers an opportunity to continue the use of design elements, such as finish and texture.

 {This hoop log rack is a sleek, fresh approach to displaying your cut firewood than the more traditional boxy designs. From: Open Heath Collection by Panacea,  available here .}

{This hoop log rack is a sleek, fresh approach to displaying your cut firewood than the more traditional boxy designs. From: Open Heath Collection by Panacea, available here.}

Statement mantle piece

Most often a fireplace is designed to be a focal point within a space. Hanging a large statement piece above the mantle, like a mirror or piece of artwork, directs the eye, adds emphasis and orients the room. This is an avenue for drama (the good kind!) and can serve as a base layer for smaller, complementary accessories. 

 {Our client’s family room fireplace is artistically accented, showcasing treasured pieces from their expansive collection. From:  April Force Pardoe Interiors .}

{Our client’s family room fireplace is artistically accented, showcasing treasured pieces from their expansive collection. From: April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

Candles

It may sound redundant to use "candles" in the same sentence as "fireplace," but I’m drawn to their soft, warm ambiance. Non-working fire boxes offer an extra nook to exercise decorative efforts, perfect for clusters of loose candles, lanterns or candelabras. Candles and holders of varying shapes, sizes and colors make for a great layering accessory atop a mantle, too.

 {Achieve a charming fireside glow in an unused fireplace with this sculpted faux birch tea light holder. From: Plow & Hearth,  available here .}

{Achieve a charming fireside glow in an unused fireplace with this sculpted faux birch tea light holder. From: Plow & Hearth, available here.}

Soft seating

Undoubtedly one of my favorite fireplace items is a comfortable place to park. A front row seat to a warm fire, beneath a fleece throw with a glass of wine in hand, encourages me to unwind and unplug. There are several ways to stage soft seating around a fireplace, and that plan depends on how a room is to be used and function. Contact us for help in designing an optimal space plan.

 {I have dreams of curling up in one of these wing chairs with a glass of Malbec and a bar of Ghirardelli. From:  Bernhardt .}

{I have dreams of curling up in one of these wing chairs with a glass of Malbec and a bar of Ghirardelli. From: Bernhardt.}

Lighting

A professionally designed lighting scheme maximizes the effect of a fireplace. Be it highlighting accessories or artwork atop your mantle or enhancing a fire’s ambient glow, lighting is one of my favorite fireplace items. Sconces add visual interest to the vertical plain and recessed lights showcase a surround’s architectural details, for example.

 {I can picture all too clearly this living room afterdark, fire crackling in the hearth and an inviting glow from the sconces and chandelier. and From:  Neiman Marcus .}

{I can picture all too clearly this living room afterdark, fire crackling in the hearth and an inviting glow from the sconces and chandelier. and From: Neiman Marcus.}

I may be wishing away winter, but I certainly don’t mind patiently waiting for springtime cozied up to my fireplace. For more inspiration on how to accessorize and style your fireplace, visit our Pinterest board


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