Decorating a fireplace — 180+ photos from readers’ homes

decorating a fireplaceUploader now closed, thanks for all the photos, everyone! When Peter asked for ideas about decorating the beautiful stone fireplace in his 1957 house, we promised to power up the uploader so that readers could show how they have decorated their fireplaces.  Above: A lovely, glowy fireplace perfectly punctuated by a mysterious, smallish, painting — contributed by reader sugarshellandbutterknife when we had our 306 reader living rooms uploader. And oh my, what a coincinkydink: A story in the UK — just Sunday! thanks for the tip, Gavin! — about the background of this famous 1950s painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff:  “Chinese Girl”, popularly known as  “Green Lady”. So: Get snap happy — light up fire, get some glamor shots — and share them here — it’s easy –>

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  1. Kelly Wittenauer says

    Great uploader! So many gorgeous fireplaces. I recognized Kate’s from her blog, but is one of these Pam’s?

  2. Diana of Mt. Lebanon says

    It is humbling to see all these beautiful fireplaces and living areas! Even though we love our fireplace and built-in bookcases (and wood panelling), ours is filled with kids stuff and doesn’t have nearly as much of the style as these!

  3. Diane in CO says

    Danny, I think your fireplace room is great! I especially love that deerhead – it’s so Jonathan Adler meets Natty Bumppo. 🙂

    So many fabulous uploads – I am enjoying them all. Thanks Pam!

  4. Kelly Wittenauer says

    “Sorry no mantle” with the white freestanding fireplace in the bed of gravel – who designed your house? I could swear I saw that room in one of the house books I’ve read recently, but can’t remember which one.

      • Kelly Wittenauer says

        Wow! Living in a house by one of the icons of modern design – too cool. I saw your fireplace on page 99 of “The Second Treasury of Contemporary Houses” written in 1959.

  5. Dino says

    Hey Pam

    I think I submitted 2 different pictures, choose whichever looks better. I forgot to add that I am in Columbus OH. Thanks!

  6. Dino says

    Michael, your basement recroom and fireplace are great. The paneling looks a lot like what I had in my last house. Cool tree too

    • Michael says

      Thanks, Dino! We actually had four aluminum trees set up in the recroom this year. I loved hanging out down there during the Christmas season. One of these days I’m going to try oiling the paneling to give it a little more ‘life’.

  7. Wendy M. says

    Wow- so many great pictures! I especially like the one tagged “Arapahoe Pass Fireplace.” I love everything about that room!

  8. tammyCA says

    Neat to see everyone’s fireplaces. I love my used red brick fireplace (1954) but not sure if I can get a photo of it. I always thought the firebox part had a ’70s look until I saw a vintage home magazine with a similar one. I am so grateful that it was never painted as I super love the brick and its patina. And, the backside is a wall of brick.
    My childhood home was red brick and had a bedroom addition that had the exterior brick as a wall and closet. We used to pretend we were in a backstage New York theater in the closet which was curtained with nubby barkcloth…and, there was a built in bookcase next to the closet that had an open back so we could “peek outside”. A quirky room, which is probably why I love red brick so much. There should be a “save the red brick” along with the pink bathrooms & knotty pine. 🙂

  9. nina462 says

    thanks for posting these pictures. sometimes it’s the hardest thing to decorate in my living room. right now I have a deer picture.
    I try to change my mantle decor for the seasons – as does everyone else it seems. wish I could find the ‘right’ look for the huge red fireplace I have. I’ve even tried looking in old catalogue, still can’t quite come up with it. So, thanks for the pics & ideas.

  10. Jim says

    m + t —- maybe try a Miro print/painting. You can easily find a Miro that will pick up the colors from your chairs. No one is more mid-century than Miro; bold colors, amoeba shapes and starbursts. Stacia, with the “not vintage, but tried to decorate it that way…” might also try Miro; he used a lot of black in his work.

  11. Greg says

    Seeking a source for 60s style white brick, but for my purpose a brick veneer is needed.

    An important detail is the intended use in stacked course, bricks arranged in vertical stacks, not staggered as is the typical practice.

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