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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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