I remember growing up that every house had a red brick fireplace enclosed in awful cloudy glass with brass trim. It looked just terrible, but I guess the thinking was that by containing the heat, the fire would help actually heat the room—ambience be damned. For heat, it’s probably more effective to do a wood stove type of thing (see my freestanding fireplace post); my in-laws have one in their kitchen in Connecticut and it’s so toast.
Poking around my Pinterest boards for fireplaces, I am happy to report that the glass enclosed fireplace has received a much needed update. Apparently they’re called authentic balanced flue gas fires. A balanced flue is a glass fronted gas appliance, which is completely sealed from the room into which it’s installed and vents directly to an outside wall. Air is drawn in from the outside for combustion purposes increasing its efficiency through an outer pipe, whilst the inner pipe vents the combustion gases outside. Got that?
The 17 fireplaces below seem to be of the balanced flue variety, though I’m no expert. In any case, they’re all cozy and I’d love to install one into my non-working fireplaces in Boston.
Paul Archer Design
Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture
Photo from Linnea Press
Photo by Helenio Barbetta for Dwell
Photo by Lars Kaslov for Bo Bedre
Paul de Ruiter Architects
Stone panels by TotalStone
Home of stylist Kim van Rossenberg
Photo by Ernie Enkelaar for 101 Woonideeen
JD Ireland Interior Architecture
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I spent a few days in Connecticut before fleeing the Northeast for sunny South Florida. As I may have mentioned before, my in-laws have all sorts of wonderful artwork. I took a bunch of Instagram shots of their collection. Many Cape Cod/NYC artists, who are also longtime family friends, are represented, including Budd Hopkins, Paul Resika, Selina Treif, Joan Miller, and Sidney Simon, as well as my husband’s great, great grandmother, Ina Whitney, whom I didn’t even realize was a painter. I’ve also included a piece by James Rosenberg, which was their very first piece of art, given to them by my husband’s grandparents, and painted the year they were married. Here are the highlights of the artwork that is hanging in their home at the moment.
This eagle is carved out of a single piece of wood.
Judyth Honeycutt Katz
Judyth Honeycutt Katz (detail)
Nora Speyer (detail)
Joan McD Miller
Joan McD Miller
A mix of white vintage & contemporary vessels hold
white spider mums, seeded eucalyptus, and blue Atlas cedar branches
lightly frosted with silver floral spray paint.
I have so much to do that I’m going to bed.
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If you grew up anytime in the ’80s no doubt Fair Isle sweaters remind you of the whole Preppy Handbook era. (Personally, I was hoping to forget junior high.) Or perhaps you regularly stroll the English countryside, prep school campuses, or Nordic slopes.
Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and other designers incorporated Fair Isle patterns into runway looks a few years ago, in Fall/Winter 2010, and Nordic knits still keep popping up. Ski styles and chunky knitwear are inevitable for winter, after all. Here’s a roundup of how they’re being worn in real life, on city streets. (Lucky for me, I’m in South Florida for another two days . . . )
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Teepees, wigwams, play tents (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time. However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend: Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway. I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.
The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.
I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?
Photo by Lönngren Widell
L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest
Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy • The Design Files
Sukha Amsterdam • Vosgesparis
Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest
Pour Jolies Momes
Time of the Aquarius
Little Birds Boutique
Photo by Krista Keltnanen
Desire to Inspire
6th Street Design School
Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com
The Handmade Home
IKEA Family Live
Fawn Over Baby
The Design Files
Jute Interior Design
Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre
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Hi and happy New Year. I know it’s not Friday, but it seems like the perfect lazy day to feature delicious (and maddeningly caloric) breakfast sweets, like Belgian waffles and chocolate brioche. Pour yourself (another) glass of Champagne, add some OJ or peach nectar (my favorite) and whip up something luscious for breakfast. (The recipes are all there, just click.) Then, go back to bed with a book. That’s what I’m going to do.
Orange Cinnamon Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge
Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
Quinoa Pancakes With Blueberry Maple Syrup
Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake
Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins
Pumpkin Fudge Brownie Pancakes with Chocolate Kahlua Sauce
Cranberry Apple Compote + Honey Yogurt Parfait
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I think it’s been awhile since I’ve done a roundup of women. If you follow this column, you know I am enamored of artwork picturing the female form, both clothed and undressed. I am particularly drawn to images exuding a sense of melancholy. These 25 artworks picture women sitting, many hugging their knees, seemingly lost in thought. Some are well-known oil paintings by artistic masters, others fashion photographs, some illustrations, and others simply pieces by contemporary artists found around the web, including Saatchi Online, Etsy, and the artist’s own websites. Which woman moves you?
Vincent van Gogh
Cayetano De Arquer Buigas
Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio
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