It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about crisp Fall and Winter evenings and cozying up with a good read by a crackling fire. There is nothing like awakening the senses with the smell of wood burning logs and a gourmet dinner roasting in the oven! It’s a good idea to have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to be sure that there are no blockages and that it is free of creosote (a flammable substance that builds up inside flue walls). Some people cap their chimneys to keep debris out and deter animals from entering, which is not a bad idea seeing that in the Spring I often hear birds in my chimney. Gas fireplace owners should clean their gas logs and have a plumber come check the gas lines to be sure that the fan, pilots and burners are working properly. Check your fire detectors, be sure that if they are battery operated that they are functioning and keep some fire extinguishers handy. While we are on the topic, make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working as well!
Here are some of Interior Designer Mark Cutler’s “Favorite Fireplaces” from Elle Decor:
Check out this fancy fireplace with stained glass windows
Modern fireplace surrounded by stainless steel
Sitting by an outdoor fireplace can be equally as cozy, especially if you also have some of those fabulous heat lamps on your patio area and a fabulous faux fur throw on hand!
Outdoor fireplace in California
Outdoor concrete fireplace in the Hamptons, installed by designer Eric Hughes
Outdoor fireplace photographed by Steven Randazzo for Country Living
This is unique: a company called “Ridiculous Design
” actually makes slip covers for fireplace mantles! Really! You can even personalize it with lettering!
An elegant new fireplace created by designer Candice Olson, from Elle Decor
Fireplace in fashion designer Nanette Lepore’s Victorian townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village as featured in Elle Decor
Shades of pink and purple in a California home designed by Mark Cutler
Paris pied-a-terre, photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor
Here are some fabulous fireplace room shots from our friends at Country Living Magazine:
(Photo Keith Scott Morton)
(Photo Tria Gloven)
(Photo Robin Stubbert)
A charming antique blue mantel adds charm! (Photo Keith Scott Morton)
Great design idea: a tight grid of prints with flowers in vases above the mantel. Perfect!
(Photo Jon Wayne Kishimoto)
Vintage mantel adds romantic charm.
Photo Michael Luppino
Architectural Digest has some incredible fireplaces as well!
(Photo Credits: David Glomb, Roger Brooks, Michael Calderwood, Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing, Michael Moran, Gordon Beall, Scott Frances, Peter Aaron/Esto, Robert Reck, Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing)
This floating fireplace is from a small Vancouver apartment designed by Patricia Gray for Kevin Louie
Fireplace at hotel Awasi in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile designed by architects Francisco Rencoret and Gonzalo Dominguez
Sleek fireplace designed by Margaret McCurry of Tigerman McCurry Architects
Gothic arched fireplace in a 1932 Tudor Revival house in Washington, DC renovated by Jose Solis Betancourt and Richard Williams Architects
Fabulous kitchen fireplace in a NY carriage house designed by Beth Klomparens
Fireplace in Greta Garbo’s New York home. Renoir’s 1909 Leontine et Coco, depicting the artist’s son Claude, hangs above the mantel. (photography by Billy Cunningham/Gray Reisfeld)
Enjoy your fireplace this Fall and Winter and check back at The Well Appointed House regularly. We are adding new seasonal items now!