As you know, I've been working on my living room, piece by piece. And as the weather gets colder (albeit temporarily), I am reminded of one of my home to-do's: the fireplace. The mantel itself is actually quite lovely. I could even bring myself to keep the exposed brick and slate. But what rubs me in entirely the wrong way is the fireplace screen and andirons, relics graciously left behind by the previous owners. Recently, our friend Lynn, who has a similar fireplace setup had her screen removed. And the change is inspiring.
Lynn is still planning on addressing the facing and making other changes, but the swap out of the screen has definitely changed the feel of the space.
So I'm inspired and I think I've got it narrowed down. If I were to go with the freestanding screen, as Lynn has done, I am loving the Mission custom spark guard from Restoration Hardware. With simple clean lines, it lets the fire, the mantel and the surrounding art and images be the star of the show:
My only hesitation about this option is the likelihood of its being knocked over. I wonder if something a little more securely fitted is in order. Along those lines, I'm thinking about this cabinet-style Shaker twin-door from Minuteman, again with simple, clean lines.
One must not forget the tools. And not being one to settle for just any tools, I've fallen for this hand-forged set salvaged from recycled Italian railroad track by Ferro & Fuoco. (Don't forget the clean and rustic wall mount!)
What do you think? Does your fireplace warm you up? Do tell!