Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Firey Savoir Faire

I love fireplaces, having grown up with them for most of my life, I find them incredibly welcoming and dare I say it ‘cosy’. Traditional fireplaces are wonderful especially if they have the original mantles, and accessorised with a wonderful pair of classic andirons.

Now, it is also no secret that I love hotels as well, and a fireplace in a hotel lobby or room, is a nice reminder that you are somewhere warm and inviting and not necessarily in a hotel. Whether being traditional or ultra modern I love the examples below.

The Crosby Street Hotel in New York has created an almost David Hicks like interior with the deep purple walls and the stark white fireplace in traditional style. Other classical elements in the room such as the chandelier have been updated to a more modern look.

The 101 hotel in Reykjavik is super modern and this has been offset with traditional and natural forms of furniture such as the chairs and the woodblock coffee table.

Who can go past the wonderful free flowing Art Nouveau fireplace in the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco? It is all about the shape and the accessories here and it does not need much else.

I am also taking the liberty of actually adding to some of the ultra modern examples below with andirons. I do like the stark simplicity of these however the decorator in me just wants to add something else, not too much mind you.

I would love to team this fabulous white and green marble faced fireplace at the St Paul in Montreal with these wonderful art deco glass and brass horse shaped andirons.

When it comes to this example in a bathroom I think these classical gladiator andirons would just push it over the edge of fabulosity.

The fireplace at the Distrito Capital Hotel although sheer brilliance in its simplicity, could be even better with the brass andirons below.

The nickel plate andirons below would look great against this stainless steel wall.

This fireplace in a hotel in Luxembourg would definitely stand out with this Asian motif inspired andirons.

And just because it is fabulous, the outdoor fireplace around the pool at the Island Hotel in Newport is somewhere where I want to be!

Do you agree with my pairings?


  1. When I was growing up we lived in the country and had a huge, open roaring wood fire. It was such a delight and I have many happy memories of Christmas mornings and board games played in front of it. Ahhhh.....

  2. There is nothing like the warmth and allure of a blazing fire. It is so mesmerizing!

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  4. Will, it was the same deal here and at my Grandparents! Always remember going to sleep at night with an open fire in my room.

    Jill, Many thanks! Are you sure!

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  5. wow, that Nouveau piece is incredible. would love to touch it, looks so divine!


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