Cozy by the Fire

I am currently in the thick of working on a fireplace redesign for a client, and I wanted to share with you the many different designs that can be centered around this cozy space in your home.

1. Modern Fireplaces will use clean lines, minimal details, simple materials and will overall feel more linear in design.

Modern Fireplace 1 Modern Fireplace 2

2. Traditional Fireplaces will include more detail, sometimes feeling very ornate, often times using more curved and complex moldings, columns or cornices and will us marble or granite for the hearth and facing instead of smaller or detailed tile work.

Traditional Fireplace 1 Traditional Fireplace 2

3. Clean & Transitional fireplaces will use details that are a softer, simplified version of the traditional, without eliminating all detail and swinging fully into the modern realm. They will often use a more decorative tile surround to create some visual interest in a subtle way, while any molding or framing elements will remain simple.

Transitional Fireplace 1 Transitional Fireplace 2 Transitional Fireplace 3

4. Craftsman-style fireplaces will use chunkier wood elements, with a more geometric and linear feeling. There will be a repeated line or box element throughout the design to enhance the craftsman feel, and though this style often dictates the use of natural woods, a similar look and feel can be achieved in white as well.

Craftsman Fireplace 1 Craftsman Fireplace 2 Craftsman Fireplace 3

5. Rustic Lodge & Cabin-type fireplaces will be seen with large rock or stone facings, typically at a large scale extending from floor to ceiling. They are often combined with large wood mantle pieces and will use other nature inspired elements to create the full look.

Lodge Fireplace 1 Lodge Fireplace 2

Do you have a fireplace in your home? What style does it fall into? Is there a style you would be happier with? Sometimes changing the feeling of a major focal point in your space can be all you need to feel like the room is your own, and a fireplace is certainly a good place to start. Make it work for you and your family so you can really enjoy it!

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Thursday Night TV

Many moons ago, when they switched over from those metal rabbit ear antennas to the digital antennas, that was all I had for tv. And Thursday nights have always been my favorite for television.

One of the only channels that I could get in my little studio apartment was ABC, and I made sure to be home for Thursday nights’ lineup. I have watched Grey’s Anatomy since the beginning and I was a fan of Private Practice too, but the current line-up from Grey’s to Scandal and now How to Get Away With Murder… I’m not convinced I get enough oxygen on Thursday nights. I hold my breath through about 50% of each episode in anticipation waiting to find out what glorious twist Shonda Rhimes has in store for us next.

If you haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal, I strongly¬†strongly recommend that you get on your Netflix and start watching. After all isn’t that what our beautiful living rooms are for: to cuddle up with a nice big Olivia Pope sized glass of wine and get sucked in to the fictional lives of others while we unwind from our own hectic days?!

What shows do you love to watch during the week?

Living Room Revealed

The last (and only) room reveal I posted from our new condo was our bold kitchen. Our living room flows smoothly in the same tradition, using a bold wall color in combination with large neutral pieces to balance the space.

Our favorite elements of the living room are the cozy couch and rustic/industrial coffee table. Of course, I love those leather chairs, and the gallery wall is something that always makes me smile.

My least favorite element is probably the bar cart. Even though I am the one that gave it the facelift before, I think the colors are too much for the space now and would fit better in a solid neutral or metallic tone, and I would love to find the old Lucite wheels to put back on it.

What do you think? Is there a particular element that you love or live without? What is your favorite element of your living room?