Monday, January 19, 2009

Antique Fireplaces

Welcome to my first edition of the Antique Fireplaces blog - your source for information on antique fireplace surrounds, accessories and design tips for your home or office design.

A fireplace is the heart of a home. A fireplace mantel is the calling card of any room, a place of gathering with friends and family. By choosing an antique fireplace surround, you are bringing a sense of history to your home. Whether you are building a newly constructed home or renovating an existing home, an antique fireplace brings warmth and authenticity to your design.

An antique fireplace can be used in the traditional manner where the legs are built-into the firebox or it can be used simply as a frame to a gas fireplace. Whatever your building constraints are, there is a way to make an antique fireplace surround work in your home.

Antique fireplace mantels are unique and one-of-a-kind. They are all individually handcrafted and made from limestone, hardstone, marblestone, wood or marble and no two are alike. Popular fireplace periods include: the Gothic period, Renaissance, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis VXI, Regency, and Art Deco.

Other considerations to complete the look of your fireplace surround are to add decorative firebricks to the interior of the firebox walls and reclaimed hearthstone which is placed in front of the firebox. You can also enhance your antique fireplace or your existing fireplace with antique accessories, including andirons, firebacks, fireplace tools, and firescreens.

With an inventory of over 3,000 antique fireplace surrounds and antique fireplace accessories available at Au Coin du Feu, I welcome the opportunity to enrich your home or office with a sense of history.





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