|Photos: Sophia home|
In these freezing temperatures, it is hard but important to stay focused on Spring......hopefully bringing with it, warmer days and sunshine.
However, today I am feeling distinctly wintry still and shall be lighting the fire in my sitting room. Not that I need much excuse.....I love to light the fire....it just transforms the atmosphere in the house....making it inviting and cosy,
as well as very warm.
When we built our house a few years ago, our choice of fireplace was of top priority. Over the years, I have always stressed to my clients the importance of prioritising expenditure for key items such as fireplaces and hard flooring....even if it means waiting or compromising in other areas. A fireplace is one of the interior 'backbone' items in a room scheme which can make or break it. You do not want to regret your decisions later!
We chose a fireplace from Chesney's, who specialise in beautiful antique and reproduction stone and marble fireplaces......our choice being a French 'Provencal' style made from English Bath Stone......and within the surround, we fitted a Norwegian Jotul woodburning stove.
We love this key interior element of the downstairs of our home, which brings us so much pleasure. Whether a place to sit quietly alone, curled up with a good book.......or surrounded by a large gathering of family and friends.....it really is the heart of our home.
So, while I light the fire.....
I shall leave you with some other fireplace inspiration.......