Our featured fireplace design is a single mantel or surround we periodically select from our ever-growing list of favorites to showcase here. Among the featured selections are outstanding works from lesser known -- albeit highly skilled -- designers and artisans. Their unique creations will inspire and expand your "hearth horizons!"
Above: Tile with Style by Motawi Tileworks
Each hearth design is chosen on the basis of one or more of the following attributes:
& attention to detailing
creative use of materials
creative use of color,
texture and finish
historical accuracy and/or
creativity in overall design
innovation and uniqueness
We hope you enjoy our featured favorites as much as we enjoy bringing them to you!
Current Featured Favorite:
More than a century -- and millions of visitors later -- the fireplace pic-
tured below continues to astound us. A masterpiece of late Victorian-
era design, it is as warm and welcoming as it is monumental . . . more
Featured Design -- Summer, 2012
The featured fireplace surround showcased below is meticulously crafted with seashells from the seashore . . . . . more
Featured Design -- April, 2012
This month's featured fireplace is a finely crafted modern-day interpreta-
tion of a style that captivated much of the world just over a century ago
. . . . . . . more
Featured Design -- March, 2012
This month's featured hearth design
is a revival of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, or Craftsman Style -- a style that began in the latter years of the 19th century and re-
mained popular into the 1930s. It is currently enjoying an explosive resur-
gence in popularity.
The most renowned practitioners of the original American Craftsman Style were brothers Charles (1868-1957) and
Henry (1870-1954) Greene. Their architectural firm,
Greene and Greene, based in Pasadena, California, de-
signed the legendary Gamble House (1908), generally considered one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts residential architecture in the United States.
Organic in nature and created to look as "natural" as possible, their designs incorporated a variety of natural
building materials such as stone and brick. Pictured above, left, is just one of a multitude of fine examples of their work.
Wikipedia sums it up best: "Their style wedded practical comfort and fine art into a refined, crafted masterpiece in
which every detail contributed to the overall subtlety of the work, essentially a master-
piece of design."
It is in the spirit of the Greene brothers that the fireplace design pic-
tured below was created. Beautifully crafted by North Carolina-based Vesta Masonry Stove, Inc., in collaboration with master stone mason, Bob Neild, it is an extraordinary present-day interpretation of the work of Hen-
ry and Charles Greene!
The "center" of the overall composition is a 42 inch
Isokern precast fac-
tory-built modular firebox made of pumice -- or volcanic rock -- that is lined with red firebrick on the interior. The exterior is comprised of natural stones of vastly varying sizes and shapes, interspersed with undulating brickwork. To break up the floor-to-ceiling massing, a finely crafted wood mantel shelf and crown moulding echos the detailing of the paneled wain-
scoting and crown moulding behind it. All in all, a masterfully conceived
and executed Arts and Crafts design!
Featured Fireplace For March, 2012
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Back Issues of e-Newsletter
December, 2012 -- Issue #08
Inspiring Ideas for Creating a
Victorian Christmas Fireplace!
Summer, 2012 -- Issue #07
Unique Fire Features for
Your Back Yard or Patio!
April, 2012 -- Issue #06
How to Build an Outdoor
Stacked Stone Fireplace!
March, 2012 -- Issue #05
How to Create a More
Surround by Extend-
ing it Upward!
February, 2012 -- Issue #04
How To Create A Cozy
January, 2012 -- Issue #03
How to Create a Striking Plasma
TV Fireplace Surround!
December, 2011 -- Issue #02
How to Create a
November, 2011 -- Issue #01
How to Create a Cozy