The parlor previously had an old fireplace with a window on the right side, which created a room that lacked symmetry. The old fireplace was replaced with a new ventless gas fireplace, and second window was added to make the room feel more balanced. The parlor's fireplace now includes a Cincinnati mantel from a local salvage company and locally-made tiles in the same navy blue as the trim. “Previously the fireplace was not functional,” says project manager Dan Faires. “We added this gas fireplace that warms the space and adds ambiance, a nice asset for this parlor.”
A portion of shiplap wood siding has been uncovered from beneath the sheet rock and painted white to elegantly extend the mantel above the fireplace. An organic wreath on an old wooden window and blue candlesticks draw the eye to the fireplace in this elegant gray living room.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.
This bedroom feels at once open and cozy with large windows on all sides and a fireplace whose rustic wood mantel ties in with the reclaimed wood ceiling. The window frames are palest blue, helping them pop against the white walls.
A pair of blue chairs and complimentary ottoman sit by the newly renovated fireplace in this living room after its big redo. The blue on the walls and in the chairs is reflected in blue glass tile on the fireplace surround. The crisp white mantel looks brilliant against light blues and greens.
A pair of blue chairs with gold throw pillows sits in front of the fireplace in this soothing brown sitting area. Tasteful decorations on the mantel and the nearby console table add to the room's ambiance.