Comfort Zone: Fireplace Accents
Accenting the glowing focal point of a room makes the allure of a fireplace even more inviting
photograph by david lewinski
styling by stephanie potts
DeSandre Tile, a third-generation business since 1927, working with David A. McGee, senior designer at Pewabic Pottery Design Studio, Detroit, and interior designer Shirley J. Maddalena, created a curved hearth to fit the lines of a custom home in Orchard Lake. Denis DeSandre says the hearth replaced an existing travertine slab. The tiles include Pewabic’s Iridescent/BG5 and brown glaze A42, and 2x2 decorative-inset tiles, also in Iridescent/ BG5. The existing fireplace surround of molded material coated with bonded bronze to simulate bark was fabricated by Forms & Surfaces. The wood floor is by Reimer Floors. TSA of Birmingham built the home.
DECORATIVE ACCENTS, LEFT TO RIGHT:
Vintage metal basket, $68, moss cone, $198, and ceramic planter, $129, all at Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake, 248-335-8089, detroitgardenworks.com. Pelle Frau leather “Bob” table, $1,600, at Arkitektura In Situ, Birmingham, 248-646-0097, arkdet.com. “Trevor” horn box, $595, at Ralph Lauren, Somerset Collection South, Troy, 248-637-7656, ralphlauren.com. Donna Karan Burnished Metal Tray, $85, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy, 248-643-3300, neimanmarcus.com. “Brogan” Crystal double old-fashioned glasses, $95 each, “Arlington” accent pillow, $150, and cable-knit cashmere throw, $595, all at Ralph Lauren, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-637-7656, ralphlauren.com. Diego, the Chihuahua, is a resident.
LeCoultre’s Atmos classic mantel clock with lifetime self-winding mechanism powered by atmospheric fluctuations. Once a popular gift from the Big Three to employees, the Swiss-made timepieces now cost about $3,000 new. Pictured: refurbished (circa 1957) Atmos, from Northville Watch & Clock Shop, Northville; 248-349-4938, northvilleclock.com.
Calla Lilly andiron hand-made by a blacksmith for Stone Manufacturing Co., $2,200 (many metals and finishes available), through American Fireplace & Barbecue, Ferndale; 248-547-6777, americanfireplace.net. (Stone manufacturing products are found in the White House, celebrity homes, and embassies around the world.)
Antique rustic wooden vase displays long wooden matches, $145, from Betty Mason Classic Country Antiques, Birmingham; 248-258-5140, bettymasonantiques.com.
An antique iron candelabrum (one of a pair) is an option to logs and a grate. $2,195, at Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy; 248-649-4399, judyfrankelantiques.com.
Antique galvanized olive bucket for kindling or logs, $245, from Betty Mason Classic Country Antiques, Birmingham; 248-258-5140, bettymasonantiques.com.
Antique peat bucket with ebony rings and brass liner doubles as a holder for kindling or fatwood. $695, from Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy; 248-649-4399, judyfrankelantiques.com.
Retro Stainless Wood Holder, $354.23; woodlanddirect.com.
Rustic wooden candlesticks for hearth or mantel, $450/pair, from Betty Mason Classic Country Antiques, Birmingham; 248-258-5140, bettymasonantiques.com.
Long-arm (20-inch) fireplace gloves of split cowhide, felt lining, $31.19; northlineexpress.com.
Heirloom-quality five-piece, hand-forged iron fire-tool set, $1,099.80, at Stone County Ironworks; stonecountyironworks.com.
Blacksmith-made Isabella screen available in many custom hand finishes and metals by Stone Manufacturing Co., $7,800, through American Fireplace & Barbecue, Ferndale; 248-547-6777, americanfireplace.net.
Modern-weave Oversized Storage Bin, $89; westelm.com.