Montage: Enclosed Fireplaces

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.

fireplace-glass-paul-archer-design

Paul Archer Design

modern-white-room-glass

Skona Hem

fireplace-with-black-door-elizabeth-roberts-ensemble-arhitectre

Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture

fireplace-pale-wood

Plus Arkkitehdit

fireplace-copenhagen-linnea-press

Photo from Linnea Press

fireplace-decoist-guido-and-sabrina-chiavelli

Photo by Helenio Barbetta for Dwell

fireplace-divider

unknown

fireplace-low-divider

unknown

fireplace-seat-bolig-magasinet

Bolig Magasinet

fireplace-susanna-cots

Susanna Cotts

fireplace-tv-photo-lars-kaslov-bo-bedre

Photo by Lars Kaslov for Bo Bedre

fireplace-vt-wonen

Vt Wonen

fireplace-plywood-paul-ruiter-architects

Paul de Ruiter Architects

fireplace-wall-panels-interiors-totalstone

Stone panels by TotalStone

fireplace-with steel-door

unknown

fireplace-with-star-home of stylist kim van rossenberg photo ernie enkelaar 101-woonideen

Home of stylist Kim van Rossenberg
Photo by Ernie Enkelaar for 101 Woonideeen

1-fireplace-with-glass-jd-ireland-400

JD Ireland Interior Architecture

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Giveaway: $150 Certificate to LA Furniture Store

If you’re in the market for furniture (or even if you’re not), enter this giveaway for $150 to LA Furniture Store, a modern and contemporary furniture store with three locations in the Los Angeles area (including an outlet), as well as a Miami showroom and Brooklyn showroom. There are sofas (lots of sectionals, which are the store’s best sellers), bedroom furniture, dining tables and chairs, lighting, and home accessories. I’ve pulled together a few pieces of modern furniture below, all available online at LAFurnitureStore.com. See below for instructions on how to enter.

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Enter to win $150 gift certificate @ LA Furniture Store

To enter, post a link to a product from LA Furniture Store on the LA Furniture Facebook page.

Deadline: Thursday, January 123, 2014 at 12:00 noon ET

One StyleCarrot reader will be chosen at random to win a code for $150 off an order at LAFurnitureStore.com, which is good for one time use on any item(s) on the  LAFurnitureStore.com website.

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ARTmonday: Connecticut Collection

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.

budd-hopkins-yellow

Budd Hopkins

budd-hopkins-red-purple

Budd Hopkins

girl-in-pink-shirt

Gerritt Hondius

green-fields-painting

Maurice Freedman

herman-maril

Herman Maril

herman-maril-farm

Herman Maril

ina-whitney-still-life

Ina Whitney

arthur-cohen-painting

Arthur Cohen

edwin-dickinson-nude

Edwin Dickinson

eagle-sculpture

This eagle is carved out of a single piece of wood.

judyth-katz-mountains

Judyth Honeycutt Katz

judyth-katz-tree

Judyth Honeycutt Katz (detail)

keiko-minami-friends

Keiko Minami

sidney-simon-nude

Sidney Simon

wolf-kahn-landscape

Wolf Kahn

trees-detail

Nora Speyer (detail)

man-with-cats

Paul Resika

march-avery-cat

March Avery

march-avery-woman-stripes

March Avery

selina-treif-roosters

Selina Trieff

selina-treif-bird

Selina Treiff

tropical-bird-painting

Oliver Chaffee

james-rosenberg-trees

James Rosenberg

paul-resika-trees

Paul Resika

paul-resika-purple-sailboat

Paul Resika

paul-resika-red-yellow

Paul Resika

joan-mcd-miller-laundry

Joan McD Miller

joan-mcd-miller-nude

Joan McD Miller

elspeth-halvorsen

Elspeth Halvorsen

remo-farrugio-oil-painting

Remo Farruggio

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Sunday Bouquet: Cedar Barnches & Spider Mums

Martha Stewart Winter Floral Arrangements

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.
Martha Stewart

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Saturday Say It: I Do This

I Have So Much To Do Quote

 

I have so much to do that I’m going to bed.

Bobsmade

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Style Right Now: Fair Isle Street Style

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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fair-isle-gray-tights

fair-isle-long-cardigan

fair-isle-black-overcoat

fair-isle-sunglasses-denim

fair-isle-b&w-portrait

fair-isle-girls

fair-isle-paris-fashion-week-2013

fair-isle-dog

fair-isle-leggings

fair-isle-bedhead

fair-isle-rainbow

fair-isle-yellow-denim

fair-isle-sweater-japan

fair-isle-cardi-gold-oxfords

fair-isle-sweater-greg-kessler-studio

fair-isle-striped-maxi

fair-isle-wiht-high-tops

fair-isle-under-fur

fair-isle-sweater-short-sleeves

fair-isle-tights

fair-isle-princess-di-Balmoral-Castle-May-1981

 

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Montage: 30 Kids Rooms with Teepees

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?

 

teepee-in-lr-gotland summer home via lönngren:widell

Photo by Lönngren Widell

tent-nordic-nursery

unknown

teepee-architectural-digest-playroom

L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

Nursery With Teepee Style Files

Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

teepee-all-white

Sukha Amsterdam  •  Vosgesparis

My Bedroom Retreat Contest  Kids Room

Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest

teepee-nordic-bedroom-kids

Weekday Carnival

teepee-black-desk

Pour Jolies Momes

teepee-black-white-marimekko

Time of the Aquarius

teepee-blackboard-yellow-chevron

Little Birds Boutique

teepee-by-smam

Interjero Patarimai

teepee-etsy-little-kind

Little Kind

teepee-design-sponge

Design Sponge

teepee-design-sponge-ikea-rug

Design Sponge

teepee-krista-keltanen-photo

Photo by Krista Keltnanen

teepee-herringbone-floor

Desire to Inspire

teepee-chalkboard-dot-rug

6th Street Design School

teepee-cheron-rug

Aesthetic Outburst

teepee-color-pops

Varpunen

teepee-design-by-moozlehome

Moozle

teepee-library

Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com

teepee-multicolor-tree-trunks

unknown

teepee-pattern-mix-handmade-home

The Handmade Home

teepee-patchwork-ikea-famiy-live

IKEA Family Live

teepee-scandinavian-pink-lapshade

Mokkasin

teepee-fawn-over-baby

Fawn Over Baby

teepees-hearts-colors

The Design Files

teepee-boligmagasinet

Bolig Magasinet

teepee-white-gold-bunting

Jute Interior Design

teepee-striped-loft-bed

Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre

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Foodie Friday: Breakfast Sweets

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

Orange Cinnamon Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge

strawberry-brioche

 Strawberry Brioche

eggnog-cinnamon-rolls

Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

quinoa-pancakes-blueberries

Quinoa Pancakes With Blueberry Maple Syrup

butterscotch-spiral-coffee-cake

Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake

carrot-cake-muffins

Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

streusal-topped-blueberry-muffins

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

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Pumpkin Fudge Brownie Pancakes with Chocolate Kahlua Sauce

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Chocolate Brioche

sticky-buns

Sticky Buns

cranberry-apple-compote-yogurt

Cranberry Apple Compote + Honey Yogurt Parfait

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Happy New Year!

champagne-gold-rims

Cheers!
Be happy, be safe.

Bird Dog Wedding •  The Creative Parasol • Paige Newton Photography

 

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ARTmonday: Women Thinking

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?

edward-hopper

Edward Hopper

helmut-newton

Helmut Newton

judy-jones-green-grow-the-rushes

 Judy Jones

giadaganssin unidentified

kristin-shaw-e-king

Kristin Shaw

black-dress-karen-l-darling

Karen Darling

clare-elsaesser-etsy

Clare Elsaesser

leanne-surfleet-untitled-saatchi

Leanne Surfleet

pierre-bonnard-la-jeune-fille-au-noirs

Pierre Bonnard

sorrow-vincent-van-gogh

Vincent van Gogh

wayne-pate

Wayne Pate

back on chair

Cayetano De Arquer Buigas

dance

Raul Romo

dress on beach

unidentified

eleisa-mouliaá

unidentified

flower-head

Lukasz Wierzbowski

mid cent mod

Lina Scheynius

Miss Moss - Myrtle Illustrated

Ellen Surrey

stripes

Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio

tsigijari-foujita-young-woman-on-a-pink-canape

Tsigijari Foujita

picasso

Pablo Picasso

clare-shilland

Clare Shilland

stephen-poling-no-shoes-ugallery

Stephen Poling

eilif-amundsen

Eilif Amundsen

david-cobley

David Cobley

0scar-dominguez-1956

Oscar Dominguez

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