Pen To Paper: Fireplace Surround Ideas…..

I have shared some of my drawings before on the blog, but I thought it may be fun to create a new series which I have entitled “Pen To Paper” where show you an aspect of my projects and draw out what I am thinking for the design element.

My second project at Hawthorne is in full swing, albeit a very slow swing, but I am hoping to rev it up with some help of the newly installed ethanol fireplace we put in the bedroom…..

Ethanol Fireplace

Nice but boring – mind you, nothing is wrong with this but it just wasn’t cutting it since the rest of the apartment is so amazing, so I took a pen to paper and quickly sketched out three concepts for the client to jazz the fireplace up…..

Edited_Fireplace Sketches

I ended up coming up with four ideas that basically ran along a spectrum — all simple installations but with varying degrees of price points.


Option 1: The easiest option since it is just wrapping the fireplace in cerused or limed oak. Pretty quick and easy but continues the rustic chic theme we have in the rest of the house.


Option 2: Expands the frame to be 6″ to 9″ of the top and bottom of the fireplace. Slight tweak but visually expands the volume of the fireplace.


Option 3: This option completely frames out the fireplace and creates a slight decorative element to the mix with mitered corners. We would finish the piece in a honey color similar other existing pieces in the condo….


Option 4: This throws budget out the window and creates a focal point with floor to ceiling floating panels. It’s dramatic and definitely not for the faint of heart.

Got a favorite? Fingers crossed the client has one too! I am off to wine country to celebrate a friend’s birthday! Have a great weekend!

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