When my husband and I sat down to make our must-haves and our would-like-to-haves for our first home, working fireplace is high on our wish list. Most of the homes we've seen built anytime before 1940 have beautiful fireplaces in the living rooms and we immediately ask our agent if it is a working, wood burning fireplace. More often than not the answer is in the affirmative. In our first home I'd like the fireplace to be the focal point of the living room (not the tv!). This can be accomplished by the way we paint (contrasting colors of black and white or dark grey and white are always a sure way to draw the eye) and by placing a statement mirror above the fireplace's mantle. I have a gorgeous French antique mirror currently being stored in my parents' attic because of its size. I cannot wait to debut it in our first house. Depending on the size of the mantle, it can be another palate just waiting for decoration. A statement mirror, perhaps some silver candlesicks balanced by an urn in a bold color. But no matter what I decide to place on the mantle, I will let the fireplace truly light up the space.
(Avery Design Interiors)
|dark wood floors and bright white fireplace|
|plush purple sofa and a cozy fire, perfect apres ski spot|