Cozy throughout the year, a wood-burning fireplace can instantly transform a room and make it feel warm, in more ways than one. Taken from different interior design projects we’ve featured over the years, these photographs show a wide range of fireplace design ideas. From modern and sleek to more traditional or sculptural, these fireplaces double as a decorative feature in a living space. They also have one other thing in common. They are part of the social areas of a home, the places where friends and families come together.
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A dilapidated terraced house transformed into a bright and elegant home. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ocated in Hampstead, London, this Victorian terraced house required a major revamp to become a livable place. The client, an artist, sculptor and ceramicist, asked Oliver Leech Architects to repair, extend and completely re...
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A house from the 1950s thoughtfully transformed into a twin-volume dwelling. Located in the Verdun borough of Montreal, Canada, Maison Soeur is a special project that has breathed new life into a 1950s veterans’ house. APPAREIL architecture completed the refurbishment and expansion in a close collaboration with client Catherine Gauthier, herself an architect. The post-war residence no...
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An old house redesigned with refined interiors and a central perforation topped with skylights. Located in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood in Montreal, this dwelling has been transformed from an old house into a modern family home. APPAREIL ...
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A four-story concrete house built in a spectacular landscape South Tyrol, Italy. Located at the intersection between the Wipp Valley and Fleres Valley in South Tyrol, Italy, G House is a family home nestled in a striking Alpine landscape. Pedevilla Architec...
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A brutalist-style weekend house inspired by the abstract sculptures of Eduardo Chillida. Located in Trenthorst, in the Schleswig-Holstein region, Germany, this weekend home is built close to a fishing lake. Architecture firm Amunt referenced the abstract sculptures of artist Eduardo Chillida in the design. As a result,...
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An outbuilding from the 1880s transformed into a modern family home. Located close to Basel’s historical Spalentor gates that date back to the 1400s, Missionsstrasse House represents another era of the Swiss city’s architectural heritage. Originally an outbuilding, the 1880s structure was part of a larger property that inclu...
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A refined one-story house that celebrates the memory of a site with contemporary and sustainable design. [dropcap]B[/dropcap]uilt in Sheffield, Massachusetts, this 3,600 sq.ft. contemporary wood clad home blends spatial poetry and childhood memories with vernacular architecture elements and sustainable building technologie...
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A concrete extension built alongside an old granite farmhouse. Located Guarda, Portugal, in an area known as Mora, this contemporary extension adds living spaces to an old granite farmhouse, which now can house only utilitarian programs. Architects Filipe Pina and ...
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A wooden cabin designed with industrial accents and huge windows that overlook mountain and lake views. Built in a stunning location in the Pyrenees, in the popular Cambre d'Aze ski resort in France, Chalet LA opens to breathtaking views of a lake and the Cambre d'Aze mountain range in the distance. Architect Leymarie G...
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A black wooden house that hides a bright and airy interior. Minimalist and restrained, this wood dwelling in Neveklov, Czech Republic, refines the archetypal house form. The Ateliér Kunc architecture and interior design studio designed the structure with a saddle roof, providing a conte...
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A single-family house built into a hillside that overlooks a coastal landscape. Built on a hillside in Astigarraga, in the Basque Country, northern Spain, Santiagomendi House opens to spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills, the coastal landscape and the Cantabrian Sea in the distance. San Sebastián-based arch...
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A cozy retreat designed with respect for a natural site with a rich biodiversity. Located on the Norfolk coast, England, in an area that borders a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), this compact building is specially designed to harmonize with the surrounding nature. Cowper Griffith Architects created the cabin with a
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A contemporary house with four linked volumes that give a nod to traditional Mallorcan architecture. Completed in a collaboration between Isla Architects and architect Fidalgo Magro, Casa en La Garriga (House in La Garriga) is a project that began in an unusual way. The client decided to hire another architect once the c...
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[dropcap size=big]R[/dropcap]ising from a mountain side in the spectacular Bergamo Alps in Piateda, Italy there's a structure that seems to have been recently built to suit that particular space. But Casa VI had been a ruin until the owners hired the talented Italian architect Alfredo Vanotti to ...
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A wood-clad house built among sand dunes on a beach in New Zealand. Built at the edges of a pine forest, among sand dunes on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, this modern rustic house immerses the inhabitants into a picturesque landscape. Te Arai Beach House was designed by Fearon Hay Architects...
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A modular, prefab tiny home customized with warm interiors. Madrid-based Tiny Mobile Homes designs and makes modular tiny houses and cabins that use prefab components to minimize on-site construction work and also reduce their impact on natural sites throughout
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A black armchair designed in the 60’s sits beside an inconspicuous fireplace, cradled cleverly within a white column. The furniture comprises of hues of oak and ply which stand out against the stark white of the walls. The light color palette used in the house is further accentuated by the abundance of daylight coming in through the numerous windows.There’s a very Scandinavian feel to the place...
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A retreat designed with a cantilevered form that extends toward water views in the Pacific Northwest. Designed by architecture studio Heliotrope, this retreat on Orcas Island, Washington, makes the most of a challenging site to optimize the dialogue betwe...
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An Edwardian terraced house in London converted into an energy-efficient, sustainable home. Located in Muswell Hill, London, this terraced house is a great example of sustainable refurbishment and environmentally conscious re-design of a typical Edwardi...
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A refined apartment designed with flowing spaces and playful details. Located on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, NYC, this sprawling 4,000-square-foot apartment was transformed completely by architecture firm Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA) who designed a refined but playful home for a family of five. ...
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A 19th century brick house, redesigned with warm, minimalist interiors and a sculptural staircase. Boston-based architecture firm Studio J. Jih and San Francisco-based studio Figure have collaborated to complete the renovation of a four-story rowhouse in Boston’s South End. Dating back to the 19th century, the historic building has brick walls and a width of 15 feet. The client commis...
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A tranquil retreat nestled in a Welsh valley. Located in mid Wales, close to the town of Llanbister, Life House is a quiet retreat that immerses guests in a tranquil natural landscape. Celebrated designer John Pawson created the architectural project for Living Architecture, a company that collaborates with award-winning stu...
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A concrete weekend home built under an avocado field. [dropcap]M[/dropcap]any houses nestled in natural landscapes aim to minimize their visual impact on pristine sites, but Mexico City-based architect Francisco Pardo took a more radical approach for th...
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A contemporary extension added to a semi-detached Victorian house in London. Completed by DGN Studio, Concrete Plinth House is an architectural project comprising the renovation of existing living spaces and the creation of an extension. The clients originally tasked the ...
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A concrete and glass house designed with open spaces and an interior courtyard. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ocated a short drive away from Buenos Aires, this three-bedroom home boasts a brutalist-inspired design. Architects Ekaterina Künzel and María Belén García Bottazzini collaborated to complete Castanos House, a home for Bottazzini and her partner. The raw
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A contemporary chalet designed to create a dialogue with a breathtaking landscape in the Italian Alps. Built in the Breuil-Cervinia Alpine resort, Climber’s Refuge has a sustainable design that also pays homage to the mountain landscape. LCA Architetti designed the contemporary
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Embedded in a woodland landscape, this retreat has art gallery-like spaces that open to nature. Built on the top of a hill on Orcas Island, WA, Collector's Retreat provides gorgeous views of a forest landscape. Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects designed the dwelling for a couple who owns an art gallery in Los Ang...
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A wood-clad volume designed with a concrete “crown” and an interior courtyard. Located in Avegno, Italy, the BMA house has a minimalist, contemporary design that gives a nod to the surrounding landscape. Atelier Rampazzi created the one-story volume with a simple pentagonal shape that follows the site’s layout. The house...
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A serene house that welcomes the waterfront inside living spaces. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Suyama Peterson Deguchi as a 21st-century residential retreat, the Lake House offers the chance to live in a Zen-like space only a short distance away from the city. The contemp...
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