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The mantel serves as a display area for ever-evolving still lifes, centered around a bug poster and featuring urchin tea candles.
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Mexican terra-cotta tiles line this fireplace to contrast the neutral color of the walls in this Meditterannean-style stucco villa.
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Study in Contrasts
This modern living room's sleek lines and bold wall color get a shot of warmth from a shag rug and glass-screened fireplace.
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Brightly upholstered cushions make for a cozy spot to gather by the fire.
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Small brick period tiles made of marble were used to decorate this fireplace, which is framed by an ornate wooden mantel. An old captain's mirror hangs above it to reflect the book shelf across the room.
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The fireplace's clean, crisp lines of wood are softened with the fuzzy materials in the living room, like a shag rug and a sheepskin throw.
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Seasonal Sitting Room
In the colder months, the window screens on this porch are swapped for Plexiglas so that the fireplace, which is set inside a beautiful stone wall, can do its job.
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Work of Art
With its abstract frieze of a hollyhock, this commanding fireplace incorporates the elements of fire, earth, and water. Its moatlike trough was connected to a pool that once flowed under the home.
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A concrete-clad fireplace is the focus of this living area in this modern home.
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In a corner of the sitting room, a David Levine drawing, a Dogon bust, stacked French landscapes, and two small paintings all mingle around the fireplace.
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The painted-brick fireplace in this beach bungalow includes a small built-in display instead of the traditional mantel.
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The blush-hued fireplace at Martha's Skylands home beautifully blends into the wall -- and the rest of the pale-pink theme of this guest house.
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The living-room walls and mantel of this fireplace were painted slightly different variations of the same color -- white with a touch of gray. The painting is a 1911 portrait of Swedish boys in school uniforms, and the statues came from a rustic church in southern Sweden. The candlesticks are an ingenious 19th-century English design with weighted bases that let the candles project in front of the mantel.
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By this large and stately fireplace, two monochromatic armchairs are enclosed by a rich patterned rug and ikat pillows, which give the room a bohemian quality.
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Crisp, glossy white trim contrasts with glue-covered plaster walls in this early-19th-century cottage, which features a German mirror and a Biedermeier chair.
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The walls in this living area are clad in knotty pine, and the fireplace is made from local split river rock. A raven decoy over the fireplace was probably made for keeping starlings away.
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