Cozy Up In Front of the Fireplace this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just days away, and there is nothing more romantic than staying in and getting cozy by the fire.  This week, we are drawing attention to another feature also considered the heart of the home – the fireplace.

The first known fireplaces existed in 12th century castles.  Once designed to be the main source of heat for homes and for cooking, by the second quarter of the 18th century, the fireplace became the central area of the home for gatherings.

Today, the kitchen has taken over as the central hub for gathering, however the fireplace has not been forgotten.  It is the quintessential area for more intimate entertaining, such as chatting with a friend, or taking the time to unwind with that special someone.  With such a personal space, it’s no wonder so much thought goes into the design details of these special spaces!

Here are some beautiful fireplaces built by JW Collection.

The use of bold blue and gold hues with a classic brick surround and white mantel, bring the old and new together and give a semi-formal, but intimate feel.  We love the floating shelves under the windows, too!

We love bringing the outdoors in! This fireplace was customized by raising the firebox to seated, eye-level and wrapping the fireplace with wood plank tile.  This homeowner complemented the wood tones by painting the built-ins a warm gray color and adding pops of color with books and objects.

This fireplace just off the kitchen and dining area offers a warm feel with it’s raised firebox and Old Chicago reclaimed brick surround.  This designer added a ship lap detail above and a beautiful stained cedar beam mantel.


Melissa Fleury, Senior Interior Designer

JW Collection