Home Is Where the Hearth Is

Traditional fireplaces are timeless and will always add great style to a home.

The Victorian Hearth

Right down to the dog-tooth decoration on the outer rim, the fluted back panel and the register grate, this fireplace is a finely made reproduction of a Victorian original dating back to the 19th century. The surrounding mantelpiece is hand-built of pine while the hearth is made of Edwardian quarry tiles laid in a traditional diamond pattern. Photo by Daniel Stucke.

A Touch of Deco

Ian Knepper, Britain's foremost fireplace designer, fashioned a working piece of art out of Derbyshire stone and slate. With sharp, defined lines and elements of art deco design, the fireplace is as suited to a contemporary home as it is to a traditional. Photo by Ian Knepper.

Hacienda Ambiance

The Spanish-influenced floral design, muted colors and sweeping arch are abundantly evident in this stucco fireplace design. The elegant fireplace resides at the historic Hacienda Del Sol, a desert retreat in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Set under a wood-beamed ceiling, it dates back to the late 1920s. Photo by Kenneth Bosma.

A Touch of Santorini at Home

Inspiration for this fireplace comes from the owners' travels to the Greek island of Santorini, with its sweeping arch and wrought iron lattice work. The fireplace, however, was constructed as part of a remodel in a San Diego suburb. Photo by Cyrus Bulsara.

Solemn and Solid

This fireplace is characterized by two simple columns and a rugged texture pockmarked with fossils. The solid columns bring to mind a sturdy Scottish castle, austere and unmoving. The fireplace is carved from Portland stone. The firebowl displayed is made to be a decorative piece for warmer seasons when a blazing fire is unnecessary. Photo by Ian Knepper.

Restoring the Past

Designer Linda Lane of Wonderlane redesigned the fireplace in this home. She applied heat-resistant spackle, brushed on a white undercoat, painted it with the paper bag technique and laid a black slate hearth. The house went from dated to traditionally fashionable. Photo by Wonderlane.

Whimsy in the Living Room

Forget modern clean lines because curves, undulations and whimsical decoration are making a comeback. This Rococo-inspired fireplace is made of Portland stone contrasted against black fossil-filled limestone. Photo by Ian Knepper.

European Rustic

This European-rustic style room, with the imposing stone fireplace, is located in a Midwestern college town. The owners, the Flanders, created their dream loft with a large rustic hearth at the center. Rough stones and reclaimed timber add to the countrified look. Photo by Brent Flanders.

The Gothic Hearth

A single rose motif is a modest gesture against the Gothic-inspired arch. The fireplace is made of solid Ancaster, a stone that varies in color from cream to yellow. It is a monumental piece worthy of residing in a king's castle. Photo by Ian Knepper.

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