Have I told you how excited I am to have a house with a fireplace? It's a feature our last two houses didn't have, so I was thrilled to have one this time. There's something so warm and comforting about a fireplace - especially here in Maine! We've been known to use our fireplace on a cold June night.
But this one was ready for an update. This part of the house was built in 1960 and the fireplace reflects that. It's gas - but set up for propane. Since we're moving to natural gas, this will require a whole new log set. That's actually a good thing, the new log sets are 'vent free', so all the heat goes back into the room!
From a design perspective, I want it to reflect the architecture we have throughout the rest of the house. Beautiful, simple moldings, to give it a traditional look.
So.....I started looking for some inspiration. I started a Pinterest Board and found a couple that were really exciting. This one is beautiful. Love the top crown molding and simple trim.
|Source: Better Homes and Gardens|
Another favorite is this one from Better Homes and Gardens. Like our house, they have a raised brick mantle, which has a dated look. I loved how they trimmed it with molding. I also really, really like the black brick. But I'm not sure it makes sense to do that for a new buyer. They can decide if they prefer the red brick or want to paint it black.
The other inspiration - the fireplace in our own house. It's got the same simple trim, but with a cherry top and a stone/glass hearth surround.
So, with all those great ideas, I sketched something up. And after lots of discussion (because we all had lots of opinions!!), Anthony created this beautiful surround. Now that it's got a couple of coats of paint on it, it looks like it's always been there! What a nice update!