Simply Hot Fireplaces

Baby, it is cold outside!  If you’re feeling it too I bet your fireplace is working overtime. The function and style of fireplaces has advanced far beyond their humble origins. No longer destined to wear just brick (not that there’s any thing wrong with brick!), cozy up and see what the hottest modern fireplaces are wearing.

concrete faced full view fireplaceConcrete offers a variety of low maintenance finishes from raw to burnished to polished.  The surface lustre of highly polished concrete can reflect and amplify day light. Add recycled glass aggregate and hone the finish to create a sparkle that rivals the fire.

Mendota Hearth full viewLet the fire do the talking.  This full view fireplace by Mendota Hearth allows you to bask in the fire’s glow without any distraction. The fire base can be natural river rock or even glass. I’ll show you the glass below. The tantalizing burnt orange wall color leapt right from the flames.

Town and Country FireplaceTile lets you make a purely personal design statement…colorful, subdued, or even a monochromatic scheme as shown here.  Tile can also be very economical, and the large format tiles (5′ x 10′) available now can provide a seamless face in many spaces.

ImaginEco fireplace with mica wallIn this artist’s studio I used a concave brushed stainless steel fireplace with a glass pebble fire base.  The surrounding wall covering is mica, a shiny crystalline mineral, that glimmers like the fire.

Mendota Hearth steelCor-Ten steel seems perfectly suited to frame a fire, the force that enabled its creation. Also known as weathering steel, its durability and personality make it one of my favorite materials.

Stay cozy and share the warmth with your friends.

Imagine the possibilities,


Top 5 Timeless Exterior Design Picks

As you begin to plan projects for the new year, let me wish you nature outside your window and shelter that inspires you.  This year let’s say buh bye to ordinary and embrace exterior design elements that are timeless, top notch performers, always in style, and often overlooked.

James Hardie

Fiber cement siding panels are a durable modern blend of cement, cellulose fiber, and sand. You often see horizontal fiber cement siding that mimics traditional wood siding yet the full sheets are rarely used. These panels handle water, heat, cold, and ultra violet radiation with style and a brilliant array of colors.

Metal siding 2 the opendoorstudioblogspotdotcomGalvanized steel is a unique choice for building siding. The numerous benefits include durability, low maintenance, resistance to ants, termites, mold, and mildew.

Armadillo summer houseTile is available in the most delicious styles and sizes up to five feet by ten feet.  It is durable, color fast, fire and frost resistant. The possibilities to make your design statement are endless.

studio 804 shou sugi ban 1Shou sugi ban is an ancient method of charring Japanese cypress. The burning process makes the wood resistant to fire, pests, and rot. The stunning natural characteristics of the wood are exaggerated to create a durable material of exceptional beauty.

Corten steel sidingAnd my all time favorite material….Cor-Ten steel. Also known generically as weathering steel, its specific alloys produce a stable rust layer that becomes a protective coating. It’s durability in appropriate applications is unmatched, and its patina improves with age.

Share these low maintenance exterior siding beauties with your friends…pass it on!

Imagine the possibilities,