Home is Where the Hearth Is: Mantels & Fireplaces

Even though the hearth had been filled in, an original marble mantel is what helped seal the deal for me when I was house-hunting this summer. Now that it's cool outside, I've imagined how nice it would be have a functional fireplace.

Landing a place with a century-old mantel was beyond my expectations, and having a functional fireplace would be total housing lottery jackpot. Mantels are great for their solidity and often their detail, and they help anchor any room. They'll fit with traditional or more modern styles, and as a built-in focal point they're a perfect place to start decorating.

Shown Above:
1. Sweet William via Decor8
2. Elle Decor
3. Nancy Mims' Playful and Patterned Home
4. The Marion House Book
5. AB Chao

6. Design*Sponge
7. Tommy Smythe's Master Vignettes House Tour
8. Design*Sponge
9. David Coote
10. Elle Decor

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Images: As linked above.

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.