Where There's Smoke

With last week's cold front, the radiators in my apartment were barely shooting out enough BTU’s to stay warm. Layering up wasn’t enough, so I took myself to a Korean spa to recalibrate in their steam room and sauna.  This was the moment I dreamed of having a gorgeous working fireplace.  

A fireplace is often the focal point of many rooms, in Frank Llyod Wright’s case, central to his homes.  Often one locates the furniture around the fireplace in a living room or directly across from it in a bedroom for optimal enjoyment and equal distribution. When a fireplace is the central focus of a room, then make it beautiful.  Here are some of my favorite mantels and fireplace accessories.