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19 of Our Favorite Fireplaces of the Year

by Lauren Chorpening

There are so many reasons to covet a fireplace. They’re beautiful and bring charm to any space, and fireplaces provide yet another surface on which to style and display cherished items. Not to mention their functional value to heating a home, especially with a cold winter headed towards many of us.

Fireplaces create a statement in any room they’re in, so it is natural to use them to establish an aesthetic for a space. Having marble, wooden, brick, concrete, detailed, sleek, grand and/or petite features means that the varieties are almost endless.

Working or out-of-commission, the fireplaces we’ve been featuring here on Design*Sponge this year have left me longing for one of my own to replace my space heater. Some are modern, some are ornate and some saw their last real, crackling fires many years ago — but one thing’s for sure, they are all so dreamy. –Lauren

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Julia Sherman and Adam Katz's Brooklyn townhouse was built in the 1890s and is full of character and charm. Their renovations kept their ornate and stunning stone fireplace preserved and the small touches that they have brought to it make it more beautiful than ever.
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2/19
Emily Jefford's whitewashed studio in the White Whale Studios building is a reminder of the building's rich history. The mantel has become the home of each painting Emily has finished before it is sent to her art dealer.
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The fireplace in Erin McRobert's inspiring Richmond bungalow got a facelift with black paint. It is a statement-maker in the home's foyer.
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Caroline and Clark Brewer's fireplace and built-ins create a wall of interest in their sunny living room. Their breezy and bright mantel reflects the way the rest of the home is styled. "I like the mix of modern art with the old picture of my great grandmother," Caroline says.
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Andrew Mau's color-rich Rhode Island home has three gorgeous fireplaces. The one in his bedroom is the perfect pop of white and backdrop for his bed. "I bought the IKEA bed frame and cut off its wimpy headboard so I could use one of my three fireplaces instead. It's epic," Andrew says.
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Bethany and Mark Douglass have transformed their classic home with their own hands and great taste. Their lovely family gathers by the sublime brick and paneled fireplace in the living room daily.
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The fireplace in Jaclyn's laid-back Portland bungalow has been given sentiment and personality. Jaclyn has seamlessly integrated it with her personal style by decorating with plants and artwork on the mantel and with her father's 1966 reel-to-reel player in the hearth.
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This renovated Victorian in Bristol marries the best of old charm and new design. Lou and Dan added a wood-burning stove with a modern surround to their living room. It is a beautiful mix of both worlds.
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9/19
Lisa Hauenstein took a Craigslist mantel and bricks found on eBay and created a faux fireplace for her dining room. The piece looks like it has always belonged on this wall.
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10/19
Diana and Andre's Cape Town home is used as a studio, a living place and a showroom. Their perfectly positioned fireplace allows them to clearly separate their living room from their studio without having to completely block off the space.
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11/19
Kelley and Troy's neutral and inviting Colonial home is effortlessly cohesive. The white brick and wood mantel tie into the rest of the space in a vital way. The space, without the fireplace, would feel lacking.
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Annie and Brent's Colonial home in Connecticut was redesigned over the course of a year. The result is a charming and contrasted room. Their love of black and white is used in a lovely way on their cozy fireplace.
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Ryan Martin and Amy Kent designed this gorgeous fireplace for their client's renovation. The hot-rolled steel facade brings attention to the incredibly tall ceilings and architectural interest in the space.
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Olivia and Andrew's gorgeous fireplace in Madrid doesn't just work, it gets loved and used often.
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15/19
Colina and Justin's dreamy, plant-filled home features a large-scale brick fireplace in the living room. The small plants, stones and artwork that accompany it make the fireplace look even more grand and wonderful.
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This gorgeous stone fireplace was an addition to Angela's Victorian home, intended to bring a focal point to her living room. Her fireplace looks like an updated version of what could have always been there. "The mantel is an old, marble Victorian from a house in Wisconsin," Angela says.
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Fireplaces aren't lacking in Frances and Thaddeus's 19th-century home. This wood mantel and marble-faced fireplace in their master bedroom is adorned with a beautiful Indonesian wood carving and vintage porcelain vases.
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18/19
Tracy and Jamie's home in the Catskills features an iconic-looking, wood-burning stove in the entryway. It fits right into their minimal and functional style. "Our wood stove sits directly in front of the front door, so this is the first thing you see when you enter our house. And on a cold day, this is exactly the position you will find Ocho and Bea in, too," Tracy says.
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While Siobhan and Jamie were renovating their Dublin home, they were pleasantly surprised by what they found. "The fireplace was actually hidden behind plasterboard when we first moved in, so we stripped it back to reveal it and the original brick wall, and our plumber actually gave us the fireplace surround," Siobhan says. "Thanks, Jimmy!"

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