Fireplace & Mantel


Gather around the hearth! Ideas for mantel design and decoration, including mantel restoration, mantel scarves, reproduction fireplaces and more. 

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Arts & Crafts fireplace tile

Creating an Art Tile Fireplace

A bland and damaged surround is remade with a period tile installation—and the fireplace becomes a stylish focal point.

Rococo Mantel

Considering the Mantel

Like the staircase, a mantel is a prominent millwork element that may define the style of the house, if not its date. If yours is original and fits the house, wonderful! Be respectful in any upgrading.

A paintable maple door

Arts & Crafts Winter Heating Options

Technology, fittings, and finery to warm the hearth, the room, and thee

“Sunlit Stream” block print

An Artful Vintage Mantel

Design ideas for an informal and beautiful vintage mantel.

A garland of dried bay is fastened to the mantel in a Greek Revival house; small apples and a homemade toy sit amidst boughs of pine and balsam with wax berries and silk leaves. (Photo: Franklin & Esther Schmidt)

6 Tips for Historic Holiday Mantels

From simple to dramatic, here's a look at holiday mantels by period and style.

victorian mantel scarf

Victorian Mantel Scarves

They still make Victorian mantel scarves.

A hand-painted pastoral fireboard by Lisa Curry Mair of Canvasworks Designs complements a mural by the same artist.

Decorative Fireboards

In search of a clever way to seal up fireplaces during warm weather, early homeowners came up with a delightful form of decoration that’s still with us today.

Even a small fireplace can take a freestanding stove, set slightly forward of the firebox. Most are B-vented through the flue; some modern ones direct vent. (Photo: Greg Premru)

Hearth & Home

The fireplace, like the staircase, is a focal point and key element of style.

Valor President DC fireplace insert

The Latest in Fireplace Inserts

Four fireplace inserts that will give you comfort and efficiency without sacrificing the beauty of flame.

Early fireplaces were very wide and deep, which allowed for multiple pots to be cooking simultaneously, but also caused a lot of heat loss.

The History of the Fireplace

The fireplace is a sparkling focal point in historic homes.

By studying historical examples of classical designs, Walbert re-creates the past in his finish work.

Anatomy of a Historic Fireplace

Architect Benjamin Walbert designs beautiful mantels modeled after the past.

Original Minton tiles

3 Steps for Tiling a Fireplace

A scrapbook of fireplace surrounds from the Victorian and Arts & Crafts eras sparks ideas for today. Also, important steps to take before installation.

Stunning green tile accented by riveted iron straps makes the fireplace the centerpiece of the room in this Memphis bungalow. It’s hard to believe a previous owner had painted the entire thing red.

Fireplace Ideas for Bungalows

A look at the wide array of Arts & Crafts-era fireplaces.

Approved for use in New York City apartments, Hearth Cabinet’s ventless designs use alcohol cartridges.

No-Fuss New Fireplaces

Strip, ribbon, vented, or flueless: The new go-anywhere fireplaces aren’t necessarily traditional, but they’re ideal for retrofits.

The gas flame on Valor's Windsor Arch adjusts from 6,500 to 20,500 BTUs per hour.

5 Ways to Transform an Old Fireplace

A new breed of historic-minded fireplace inserts can help you get the home fires burning again, efficiently.

For a new old house in New York, architect Gil Schafer replicated this original mantelpiece and placed both in the living room.

Designing Reproduction Fireplaces for Traditional Homes

Adding a historically inspired mantel to your reproduction fireplace offers a period look for your home.


A Frame for the Fireplace

The stylistic history of mantels.

Federal mantel

The Beauty of the Mantel

The pleasures of the hearth are both ancient and varied. Yet in colonial America, the fireplace was valued more for function than aesthetics—a fact reflected in its utilitarian appearance.

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Victorian polychrome paint scheme

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