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Fireplace Mantel Style

Updated: Mar 22, 2020

If you happen to have a fireplace, it's probably the heart and center of your home (aside from maybe the kitchen)...

I recently finished designing a fireplace wall for one of our clients in Center City, Philadelphia. These clients wanted an updated fireplace mantel along with a firebox for wood and closed off storage for their family of 7.

Here's what I was working with:

One of the biggest questions we had was what was under the existing tiled step and how were some of the mechanicals going to effect the proposed design. After some exploratory work, we found that the step was framed out with wood for the original aesthetic and wasn't crucial to keep. We also found an angled duct that was going to give us a potential challenge for the firebox...

The clients came to Bellweather originally for their kitchen and powder room remodel and then decided to add this work to the scope later in the design process.

Here's the conceptual fireplace wall design I created to resolve many of the clients needs: storage, a focal point of the living space and an updated aesthetic.

We collaborated with an Amish made cabinetry company located in Lancaster, PA to fabricate and install the custom fireplace mantel and inset shaker cabinetry. I also worked with the clients to select the best paint colors for each and WE LOVE the results...check out our progress below:

I'm looking forward to our finish photo-shoot when the project is completed! We still have the quartz surround to install at the fireplace hearth and the firebox to finish but we are super close!

Since this was my first fireplace wall design -- I looked for some inspiration early in the design process to brainstorm.

I've gathered some of my favorite fireplace inspiration images to share with you.

~ Enjoy!

A little too much masculine decor (I'm talking the animal head on the wall) for me, but a simple feature like this definitely makes a statement! The windows are also GORG!

This sparked a huge idea when I found it. These are not wall mounted light fixtures... (and if they are, they don't need to be!) To recreate this look, I'd look for glass/metal terrariums like this and put a remotely operated fake battery operated candle in there -- and then mount the box to the wall -- an instant update with no wiring needed!

I'm a fan of process photos when it comes to design -- it allows you to use your creative imagination to picture the space finished. This fireplace wall has awesome potential! Does anyone else see that?!

G-O-A-L-S! Am I right!? I LOVE this fireplace -- I'm also a fan of white/gray spaces, shaker wainscot and warm wood accents. The simple herringbone pattern in front of the fireplace using the same wood flooring material is AMAZING and very creative! (I wish I thought of that!) It looks like this hearth is also made with marble penny tile... very nice :)

HANG ON! A two-sided fireplace?! The lime-wash finish & arch detail are both stunning. Talk about character.


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