Fireplaces

Painting above fireplace in a salmon living room

In our new home, the study now boasts our first ever fireplace!

The family room in our new home 2008

The family room in our new home 2008, photo from Real Estate website

Although we can’t afford it right now, we’re going to paint this room white and the middle bit where the electric fireplace is will be either wallpapered yellow (and white) or painted a deep yellow… or something along those lines.

But it got me thinking about what to put above the fireplace and I found heaps of ideas from my inspiration files.

Loads of images so please be patient until it all loads.

Install a wooden feature above the fireplace

Wooden slice of a burl above a fireplace

Wooden slice of a burl above a fireplace

My brothers in law love this idea being very “woody” men. Apparently getting a piece of rotted trunk with branches etc (holes) with that pattern is as rare as hen’s teeth and very valuable!

But you can get a slice of a burl which is a tumour on a tree. They appear like big black hard growths on the side of a tree. They can resemble a big beehive.

A collection of small pieces of glass, china and art

I love the idea of displaying a few of your favourite pieces on mantelpieces… like a vignette of your self.

A grey fireplace in a grey room with bits of purple glasses and bottles

A grey fireplace in a grey room with bits of purple glasses and bottles

A staghead

Obviously there are issues with this. Obviously some will not approve. And I’ll admit, this isn’t one of my favourites but gotta admit it adds drama and glamour (when thoughtfully planned, i.e. not in a room filled with other heads).

Marcus Martin's Toorak living room space

Marcus Martin’s Toorak living room space, via Real Estate Australia

A large mirror

Collection of crystal glasses in a black and white dining room

Big black mirror in a black and white dining room, via House to Home

Square mirror above a fireplace in a white room with black accents

Square mirror above a fireplace in a white room with black accents

Gilt ornate mirror above a fireplace in a while room with deep pink accents

Gilt ornate mirror above a fireplace in a while room with deep pink accents

Shabby chic white mirror in a turquoise room

Shabby chic white mirror in a turquoise room

Venetian mirror in a white living room

Venetian mirror in a white living room

Antique crest-like gilt mirror in a deep blue library and living room

Antique crest-like gilt mirror in a deep blue library and living room

A television

Flat screen TV above a fireplace in white living room with yellow and green accents

Flat screen TV above a fireplace in white living room with yellow and green accents

Means that you have extra floor space for that oh-so-needed chaise or pet bed.

One large artwork piece

Y’know, this is popular, but you need to have wow-worthy art.. or something that speaks. Like maybe a blow up of my daughter’s first colour pencil portrayal of the family. But that’s going to be a while more a wait. At the moment, she can colour in a circle in wide jagged lines hehehe so cute.

Large picture of pebbles in a white living room

Large picture of pebbles in a white living room

Horse painting in a living room

Horse painting in a living room

Painting above fireplace in a salmon living room

Painting above fireplace in a salmon living room

Bluish painting in a white fireplace

Bluish painting in a white fireplace

Multiple artwork pieces

Triptypch paintings in a beige and white living room with blue furniture

Triptypch paintings in a beige and white living room with blue furniture

A Mediterranean palazzo by Majorie Skouras

A Mediterranean palazzo by Majorie Skouras, Via Met Home

Collage of artwork/plaques

I have long been a fan of Sid Dicken‘s plaques. I would love to line this area with 4 x 4 of his creations. Will have to start a collection of these anyway… soon. Slowly.

Nothing. A purposeful nothing, not the neglected nothing)

Orange and pink seat cushions in a living room

China plates

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Plates arranged above a mantlepiece in a red room

Plates arranged above a mantlepiece in a red room

Off centred artwork

Would drive my husband and his whole family berserk but in this example of Frank Roop’s, symmetry is wonderfully achieved elsewhere (i.e. chaise longues):

Symmetry in chaise lounges in a room with artwork off centred

Symmetry in chaise lounges in a room with artwork off centred via Frank Roop Interiors

My favourite option, the Sunburst-type mirror

I would really love any found in these photos below.

Round mirror in a soft bedroom

Round mirror in a soft bedroom via Sarah Richardson’s Sarah House series

Retro sunburst mirror in a chocolate living room

Retro sunburst mirror in a chocolate living room

1920s sunburst mirror in a white living room

1920s sunburst mirror in a white living room

I am veering towards a mirror. One option is my yellow and white cane mirror.

(I’ve attempted to state source of photos for most, if you know where the others are from, please let me know, thanks! I have to really get the source in my photo files too…. another project for another week…)

20 May 2008

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    lokis_mistress

    12 July 2008

    Wish I could find the link. If you look up Koolhaus (a vancouver canada store) I know that is where the photo I saw were from… I am completely in love with their stag heads. I am the last person to hang a dead animal on the wall, these are increadibly elegant and sleek carvings. Especially if you did the wall in yellow and had a head done in white. Gorgeous. And also, there is an etsy shop with heads that are paper mache with the last layer done in frocked wallpaper. So unique and with a very sort of polished look. She also does other animals. Look up rubyslounge.

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