Fireplaces grace many a pre-war apartment, working or non-working, decorative or functional. In small spaces, the fireplace can be somewhat limiting when it comes to laying out furniture. That's why we liked this pic from interior designer Jeffrey Brooks...
It shows a pair of chairs facing away from the fireplace. We've always shied away from this move in our apartment, thinking that a seating arrangement at the fireplace needed to face the hearth. However, whenever we've actually set up chairs facing the hearth, we felt they were too cut off from the rest of the small living room.
These chairs, however, work well arranged symmetrically and facing opposite our instincts. Add one more to our list of possible layouts to try at home. This might be just what we need to tie the fireplace in with the furniture without turning a cold shoulder to the rest of the room.
See more of Jeffrey Brooks' work here.