Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Fall is in the air in Charleston, and this morning on the blog I am putting on layers and shedding mantels. These fireplaces all have something surrounding the opening, but none of these fireplaces have a ledge on which to place a cluster of ginger jars or a flower arrangement. They stand alone, accented only by their surround and sometimes a piece of art. While the lack of a mantel immediately makes on think of a modern fireplace, that is not always the case. There are several pictured below that have a distinctly traditional aesthetic. Starting with one of my favorites. This is from Cherryfields, the home of John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross. I actually modeled the fireplace in our study at Church Street on this mantel.
While this fireplace doesn’t even have a surround, the rounded shape of the opening and the herringbone brick pattern inside the fireplace provide detail enough.The arrangement of panels on this wall and the brass detail provide a more than adequate accent for this luxe fireplace.
Despite the fact that this modern fireplace is indoors, it provides a connection to the outside with its glass fire back. Instead of having a mantelpiece that sits in front of the wall, this fireplace surround is set back into the wall, creating a very subtle cove detail.
Photos via House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Dwell, & Domaine Home