Archive for the 'Fireplaces' Category

Selling the Mantel: fireplace mantel as striking focal point

How important is a fireplace and mantel? Take it from a man who tours hundreds of houses a year and whose sales depend on features that attract buyers: “Every room needs a centerpiece,” says David Kean, an interior designer and real estate agent with The John Aaroe Group, in Beverly Hills, Calif. According to Kean, [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

This kitchen works for me. I could definitely cook next to a fireplace, couldn’t you? So who lives here? Here are some facts: • The house, in the rolling hills of Montana, was built to look old. • The stone around the fireplace and doorway is from Montana. • Some flooring planks were salvaged from [...]

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Q&A: How to paint a brick fireplace?

Question: I have hated my brick fireplace since day one of living in my otherwise-fabulous home. I have considered removing the brick altogether and creating a brand-new one by placing stucco over it with a mantle, or painting the brick white and adding a rich, dark wooden mantle on top. Actually, a Williams-Sonoma home store [...]

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Q&A: How to paint a brick fireplace?

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Dispatch from New Orleans: An altar for the missing

Ariane Wiltse is restoring a Katrina-damaged 1870s home in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, and she is sharing her journey with us. Here’s her latest installment:The Altar In the front room of my house, the room I tell visitors will one day serve as my library, sits a wood-burning fireplace with an Arts [...]

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What blocks your views, poisons your neighbors and is slowly becoming illegal?

It’s your wood-burning fireplace, of course. And they’re slowing going out of style, much to the dismay of fire devotees (and I used to be one). Last weekend, I visited with a couple who took out their fireplace during a remodel. In this photo, you see a Santa Barbara home that also lost its fireplace [...]

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Design ideas for obsolete fireplaces

A proposal to limit fireplace use, reported here last June, became reality Friday as the South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted unanimously "to impose hefty fines on homeowners who burn wood in fireplaces on high-pollution days during winter months — usually about two dozen days," according to the L.A. Times. Plus: "Builders will [...]

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A Dust Dilemma: What would you do about the fireplace?

After visiting Susan Rose at her 1933 Eagle Rock home, I wondered how I would have handled the dilemma she faced with her fireplace. The problem stemmed from the fact that Susan wanted to add a new bedroom onto the side of the house where the fireplace already existed. (The other side of the living [...]

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Fireplaces, SoCal style

As the deep of winter descends here in Southern California (it’s what today? 70 degrees?), I thought I’d share some distinctly SoCal fireplaces I’ve had the pleasure of visiting (click on images to enlarge): Top left: Jay Falamaki shows off the plaster fireplace surround he created in his L.A. condo. The embellishments include ceramic tiles [...]

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Rate This Remodel: three fireplaces in three cities

With winter supposedly coming our way, thoughts may turn to fireplace upgrades. Here are three fireplace remodels readers have been kind enough to share with me. I’d like to know which is your favorite, based on all criteria, including cost. 1. Craftsman: The top left fireplace is in San Diego, and the owner tells me [...]

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Tuning up ‘The Tiny’

Even though Roger Beckman had dated Ann Baber for more than a decade, he didn’t discover her hidden talents until she started remodeling her 1970s Culver City condo. Her first task was Herculean: stripping the dark brown finish off her kitchen cabinets, followed by sanding, whitewashing and applying three coats of sealer. “I didn’t know [...]

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Remodeler’s Challenge: What’s up with that fireplace?

Is there anything better than looking at houses? I find it exhilarating to see inside people’s homes, either remodeled houses I tour for my newspaper and magazine articles, or houses for sale that people are ready to leave. Sometimes, I see something that needs to be remodeled, fixed, altered, or otherwise made right. I saw [...]

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A new fireplace in your plans? You might want to rethink that

In an effort to clean up Southland air, some of the dirtiest air in the nation, regulators are considering proposals that would put restrictions on fireplaces, according to a June 2 article in The Times: Those proposals include a ban on wood-burning fireplaces in all new homes in Los Angeles, Orange and portions of San [...]

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Budget Celebrity Remodel: Kitty Bartholomew’s bedroom redo

When HGTV and ABC decorating show host Kitty Bartholomew moved into her 1930s cottage in Santa Monica, she noticed one problem right away: There was a solid wall in the master bedroom that stood between her and her garden. To remedy the situation, Kitty had a Dutch door and window installed in that wall, along [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Manhattan Beach fireplace

After moving to the U.S. from England several years ago, Kara Noble and her husband took on a 1940s Manhattan Beach bungalow that had been infused with way too much 1970s vibe. Part of their challenge was updating a paint-specked brick fireplace (below). How do you think they did with it? Poll – Take Our [...]

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