The days are shorter, the gardens are sleeping and it is hard to get psyched for my runs in the cold. There is something fabulous about winter and the season’s secret regeneration of the soul. Nothing beats a roaring fire during these cold days. The crackle of burning wood, dancing flames and warmth from the icy air create a focal point for glistening togetherness with your significant other or a crowd of good friends.
So what makes a fireplace smoking hot?? Let’s take a look at some seriously sexy images I pulled together.
Mirrored magic with pink silk and de Gournay panels via House Beautiful.
Materials hard at work. marble, brass and lacquered panels.
Glamour and drama rule this dining room. Mirrors, glass and crystal via Elle Decor.
Mantels, surrounds and hearths make a grand visual statement. Oh, and don’t forget the jewelry…andirons, screens, fenders and hardware. A mix of materials, periods and styles can make a fireplace a work of art.
Clean and sleek subway tiles, brass kitchen hardware and a firebox. Fresh and brilliant.
A Moroccan vibe with a chevron firebox and antique andirons. Bone inlay and tiles make this very unique with a raised hearth.
My living room. A Georgian mantel with an antiqued mirror surround and a gilt Louis XV screen and fender. A special painting hangs above by artist and friend, Holland B. Cunningham of New York City.
Now , let’s go outdoors…
Charlotte Moss in New York City standing in her trellised porch with a stone fireplace. Classic and cool.
A simple stucco fireplace with a sleek curve feels very organic outdoors.
Bunny Williams pool house with a classic Georgian mantel. Great mix of natural materials used in a very formal architectural style.
This fireplace creates a seating area with mirrored trellises that feel like windows inside of the garden. Good thinking…
Stacked stone with a firebox. Landscape and architecture working well together, there is no I in team….
A fireplace with a shelf mantel creates a romantic reflection over the pool.
Come in out of the cold and light your fire. I know you will be glad you did.