Apparently a mortar and stone chimney that's evolved over time from a gentler, more ancient era, this fireplace is flanked by comfy bench seating. Texturing is rustic, distinctly casual and unpretentious. Unexpected wall sconces add a fun-loving quirkiness as if to say: we don't take life too seriously but we are serious about making time to be with friends.
Floating in a white mosaic tile surround, this fireplace becomes the visual centre of a contemplative library. On either side, a selection of books and art pieces are displayed against vertical paneling of built-in bookcases. Standing guard on the marble mantle, three elongated medieval knights rest on their longbows amid the forest ferns.
Angular and modern, this fireplace is topped by a dramatic glass art plate in crimson. Matched wall lights in dark metallic finish and austere rectangular shape, give balance and visual depth to the white, floor-to-ceiling surround. But for sheer comfort, settle into one of the overstuffed armchairs and loose yourself in the pages of the latest best seller by your favourite novelist.
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