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Fireplaces 74 Stories

I love a good fireplace. If you are a member of the always-cold club, you know what I’m talking about. Sitting in front of a roaring fire is my idea of cozy. Whether you love the smell and crackle of a wood-burning fireplace or the ease of a gas-burning one, choosing the right facing is a big decision. With fireplace...
7 Ways to Rock a TV and Fireplace Combo
Putting a television and fireplace on the same wall requires a delicate balance. These two focal points need a precise plan for them to feel warm and welcoming instead of out of balance or out of scale. Be careful to consider the size of each when figuring...
Stack in Style With a Creative Woodpile
With fall upon us, it’s time to start thinking about lighting a fire. And unless you have a gas or alternative-fuel firebox, where there’s smoke, there’s usually wood. Showing that necessity can be the mother of invention, homeowners and designers...
Design Workshop: Smart Ways to Store Wood Outdoors
Shorter days and cooler nights are a reminder of how much I look forward to the fall, but also that winter isn’t far away. I watch the hard frost creep closer my studio here on the East Coast with each day, and I realize that it’s probably time to...
8 Ways to Frame Your Fireplace With Shelves
If you’ve been trying to choose the right shelves to go with your fireplace, you know that it isn’t as simple a decision as you might think. Shelving style, material and placement can have a major effect on the rest of the room, but it can be tempting...
What Goes With a Redbrick Fireplace?
Many older homes (and some new ones) have redbrick fireplaces — some gorgeous, some not so much. If you are not interested in painting the brick, taking...
Objects of Desire: Modern Fireplaces Play Many Roles
What is it with human beings and fire? While most living things shy away from flames, we’re drawn to them, using fire for social gatherings, as a source of heat or as a tool for relaxation. In open floor plans, fireplaces serve myriad other functions,...
Room of the Day: A New Family Room’s Natural Connection
Creating a family room that could stand up to two young boys was “pretty easy” here, says interior designer Sophia Reay — these clients are very down-to-earth, laid-back and fuss free. Bringing architectural interest and natural elements into the...
Andirons: From Status Symbols to Style Markers
To James Gallagher, an antiques dealer in North Norwich, New York, a fireplace sans andirons looks naked. “Without them it appears to be a black hole,” he says. Gallagher’s view is understandable, as he’s been selling museum-quality fireplace...
How to Convert Your Wood-Burning Fireplace
That wood-burning fireplace may look grand in the living room, and a blazing fire on a chilly night is certainly tempting — but beyond that, traditional fireplaces offer surprisingly little reward for the trouble. Converting an old fireplace to gas...
Fireplaces That Catch the Eye
Remember that polar vortex that swept across much of the U.S. earlier this year? Even in California, it left us thinking about basic needs: food, water and warmth. However, wouldn’t it be nice if those had a touch of luxe? Maybe a nice bowl of soup....
Rumford Fireplaces Are Hotter Than Ever
If you could build a fireplace that threw more heat into the room but produced fewer pollutants and smoke than usual, you’d do it, right? Enter the Rumford fireplace. It’s old but becoming new again, as more and more people develop an appreciation...
Inglenooks Carry On a Warm Tradition
The inglenook (a built-in bench seat placed at a right angle to a fireplace) may be most associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but the design element has its roots in the Middle Ages, before formalized architecture as we know...
Updated Woodstoves Keep Home Fires Burning
It’s no surprise that the cultures of cold climates have produced some of the greatest innovations in heating technology. With forests blanketed in snow for months at a time, the countries of Northern Europe have led the way in designs and technologies...
Ribbons of Fire: 10 Artfully Minimalist Fireplaces
When it comes to fireboxes, homeowners seem to be gravitating to fire ribbons — gas flames that are wide but shallow, appearing literally as ribbons of fire. The look is contemporary but minimalist, with no faux logs. Instead flames rise from rock,...
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