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What’s in Style Fireplaces
One of the top amenities on the list of must-haves for new homeowners, a fireplace is not only a fabulous house feature but a smart investment. Take a look at the latest designs for traditional masonry fireplaces as well as gas units. Find out how to easily up-grade an old fireplace and make it an energy-efficient luxury item for any room in the house. For old-fashioned charm with a new twist, examine the marketplace’s newest offerings in wood, gas, and pellet stoves.
Also in the book:
• Over 150 gorgeous color photographs
• An extensive variety of mantel and surround materials, styles, and accessories
• Expert advice for arranging furniture and accessories to enhance fireplace living
• Tips for creating attractive mantel displays and wall groupings
• Great ideas for outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas, and patio heaters
• An easy explanation of the latest technology in terms of efficiency, fuel, and finishes
• A guide to manufacturers and associations
-- Easy-to-follow designs that work
-- Detailed drawings and beautiful photos
-- Attractive, dependable plants
-- Clear, concise information
A fireplace is one of the most popular amenities desired by homeowners. In fact, it is not unusual to find more than one fireplace in many houses. What's In Style-Fireplaces
presents a treasure trove of information and inspirational photographs. This book delves into every aspect of fireplaces. 167 beautiful color photographs and 14 color illustrations accompany expert advice for designing and using a fireplace for optimal enjoyment. Readers learn how to choose the right type: will it be functional or purely for ambiance? Great decorating tips show readers how to create a focal point with a fireplace, arrange furniture in relationship to it, and create style on the mantel and fireplace surround. What's in Style-Fireplaces
also examines the latest outdoor fireplaces, stoves, and all of the up-to-minute technology. A bonus section lists manufacturers and other product-related sources, as well as Web sites and professional associations that can help with the project.
About the Author
Joanne Still is a versatile writer who reports about design and new products for magazines, including Woman's Day Special Publications.
Table of Contents
What's in Style Fireplaces
Table of Contents
THE LURE OF THE FIRE...12 Although the need for a fireplace has changed with time, it still offers comfort to soothe both body and soul. Here's a look at the evolution of the fireplace.
BLAZING A STYLE...24 An important architectural feature, a fireplace can be the starting point for the home's decoration. Today's styles range from purely period to cool contemporary designs.
FIRESIDE ARRANGEMENTS...38 Use the basic principles of good design to create pleasing furniture layouts and attractive mantel and wall displays that will enhance your enjoyment of a fireplace.
TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY...56 Advancements in engineering have made home fires safer and more efficient, whether you choose a traditional masonry fireplace or a manufactured model.
OUTDOOR FIRE...70 As the trend toward outdoor living heats up, beginning earlier in the spring and extending into the fall, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and chimineas are in demand.
THE LATEST STOVES...84 Today's stoves may still display yesterday's charm on the outside, but inside, new technology has made them models of twenty-first-century science.
TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES...94 Andirons, grates, screens, pokers, and brooms-these are just a few of the tools and accessories that can assist in building and maintaining a safe fire with style.