Suzanne Kasler's graphic black and white fireplace mantel via @thouswellblog(via One Kings Lane)

When the weather gets chilly – and it certainly has this winter – a crackling fire is one of the best ways to warm up. With it’s practical purpose in mind, a fireplace mantel can also be a beautiful focal point in a room. Although I always love a traditional carved-stone mantel, sleek marble numbers steal the spotlight in many of these living rooms, and I always love a good mix of styles, whether it be an orange Eames rocker with a traditional mantel or a simple modern mantel in a traditional room. Mantels can be quite an investment, but they can make a huge impact in a room and I’ve recently found a couple of great online sources for salvaged mantels like Columbus Architectural Salvage, Old House Parts, New England Salvage, Old Wood Workshop, and eBay, besides looking in your local area for architectural salvage shops. Not ready for such a substantial investment? Shop some of my favorite fireplace screens below, including this one I used in my Fall One Room Challenge.



Vintage iron fireplace with marble mantel via @thouswellblog(via MyDomaine)
Living room with orange Eames rocker and bird chandelier via @thouswellblog(via Conran Shop)
Charcoal living room walls with built-in bookshelves and mirror above marble fireplace via @thouswellblog(via Domino)
Black marble fireplace via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell: Black & White in Pacific Heights)
Sleek modern gray marble fireplace via @thouswellblog(via Ideat Magazine)
Gray living room walls, traditional fireplace, green modern painting via @thouswellblog(via Douglas Mackie Design)
Modern marble fireplace via @thouswellblog(via House & Garden)
Chic carved fireplace mantel in NYC apartment via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell: An Emphasis on Art)
Marble mantel fireplace in minimal French living room via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell: A French Approach to Minimalism)


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