Fireplaces, SoCal style

SocalfireplacesAs 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 and upholstery tacks pressed into the wet material.

Center left: This L.A. fireplace would not be used (the owners don’t like fires in the house) and so it was turned into a sculpture with a bed of smooth black stones.

Bottom left: This vintage fireplace in an Anaheim Craftsman was restored after indignities suffered in the 1970s when bland tan tiles once set the tone.

Top right: Of all the fireplaces shown here, this outdoor beauty in the Conejo Valley is by far the most expensive. There is no metal firebox hidden beneath the real stacked stone. It’s masonry all the way.

Bottom right: This outdoor pizza oven was built by the late music attorney Martin Cohen on his Hollywood Hills mini-farm and is now lovingly maintained by his widow, Trish.

Do you have a distinctively SoCal fireplace? Please send digital pics to me at and I’ll post them on this blog.

1 Comment on Fireplaces, SoCal style

  1. Jessica Brylan

    I love the fireplace designs, the outdoor fireplaces especially. The tile design on the bottom is very unique with the rustic door below covering the storage bin. I love work like that. Jessica