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Thursday, December 13

Fireplaces - not just for fire



Yesterday The San Francisco Chronicle published an article on fireplaces:

Winter and the holidays often evoke images of cozying up fireside with a mug of hot cocoa and reading material in hand. From November through February, however, on days when the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issues a winter Spare the Air alert for the Bay Area, the burning of wood, fire logs or any other solid fuels in a fireplace is illegal.

An empty fireplace just doesn't have that same charm, does it?
But the lack of a crackling blaze doesn't mean you can't create an attractive fireplace scene. We've culled inspiration from four local interior designers, all of whom have addressed nonfunctioning fireplaces in their line of work.

These ideas will help keep things merry and bright in your home, without releasing particulates and soot. (And Santa will appreciate not having to contend with flames!)

Here is what I had to say:




GRANT K. GIBSON

In a residence occupied by a young family, Grant K. Gibson designed the fireplace - composed of a limestone surround and a custom-carved wood frame silver-leafed by decorative painter- Katherine Jacobus - as well as the vignette inside of it.

"Because the clients have two children, they didn't want the fireplace to work, so we made it more of a decorative feature in the space," says Gibson.

"I love the look of quartz and its reflective qualities," says the interior designer. "By using a mix of larger quartz pieces with candleholders, it offers a bit of sparkle and a fire-like quality. Adding in the small white orchids, maidenhair ferns and moss gives it a finished look, and I love layering in plant life in the room in a totally unexpected way."

You can see the whole article online HERE.

Special thanks to my clients for letting us photograph in their space, Richard Finch for his amazing quartz collection and Anh-Minh Le and Deb Wandell at The Chronicle.

4 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

beautiful solution. I had never heard of these type of air quality warnings -wow. In my apartment, the fireplace flues had been bricked over YEARS ago for insurance reasons and I have mine filled for the holiday with white pointsettias which I will leave in there until they finally die (white seems less 'Christmassy' somehow to leave all winter)

Anonymous said...

Very nice article! Congrats!

Amy

Windlost said...

That quartz is stunning. What a gorgeous material and a lovely display in this fireplace. I like that the whiteness of the quartz draws the eye into what might otherwise be a dark and dreary space...!

xo Terri

Naomi Sait said...

Soo chic. I am usually at a loss to fill the fireplaces. I am so over placing candles but this might be my new go to!

 

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