simple is beautiful

A Fireplace Filled With Wood

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We recently sold our old fireplace screen and haven't found a replacement.  I had images of horse head andirons and a simple screen in my head.  Every time I enter an antique store my eyes go right to the floor in search of the perfect pieces for our fireplace.  Maybe I am finally learning to hold out until I find what I really want.  Maybe.

However, until then, I really like the look of a fireplace filled with wood and have the urge to go outside with a chainsaw and make this happen.  Tree huggers, ignore me please ;)





Do you like this look too?  With thoughts of firewood and cooler days ahead maybe I am ready for fall after all.  Are you?

All images:  Pinterest

25 comments:

  1. i love that look- it just looks nice and rustic! our new house has a fireplace and i can't wait to have actual fires and snuggle with my doggies by it! i miss them!

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  2. Yup, I love this look. Way better than a screen or anything else you could put in your fireplace. It's so rustic and graphic! I would love, love, love a fireplace in my house. Even if it didn't work, I'd definitely do something like this with it to make it look amazing.

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  3. Having a fireplace full of wood in the off season looks like a great focal point. During winter, when you actually need to USE your fireplace, I think it would be really inconvenient.

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  4. Oh how I long for a fireplace, and now, a fireplace filled with wood ; )
    So much warmth and texture.

    As much as it's sad to see summer go, fall is my favorite season. I'm ready.

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  5. I'm going to have to be the lonely voice of dissent, maybe because I'm a northerner. I love the look of stacked wood, but next to the firebox not in it. Fireplaces with stuff(candles, books, whatever) inside them always make me feel sad like it's just for show and not for warmth. It's hard to imagine cozying up next to a fireplace, while sipping cocoa, and wrapped in a flannel blanket when it's stuffed full and can't be used. JMHO. Still the rooms all have a rustic romanticism to them. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I'm a little on the fence about this look - maybe it just needs to grow on me. We have birch logs in our FP and I like seeing the white contrast with the red brick that surrounds our FP. If I had more than one FP, I think I would like to try this look.

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  7. Oh I love it! Although I think of what kind of bugs are hiding in the wood. HA! We have only had gas fireplaces which just don't look as nice. Love the pictures you used for this post. Lovely!

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  8. Such a great look! Makes me want to knock out my gas insert that we never use and make the firebox pretty! Janell

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  9. Guess I'm not with the current trend..
    I too like my wood stacked NEAR the fireplace..not in it..
    Warm hugs..
    Loui♥

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  10. I love the look, almost wish I didn't have gas logs!
    Debbie

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  11. I think it's a great way to add a natural, organic element to a room much like a plant does.

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  12. I love it...in the right space. It adds an interesting focal point and a touch of rustic for an inoperable fireplace. However, I would much rather be able to use the fireplace if it is a working one.

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  13. Ange, you are right. My husband and I laugh every time we see this trend in a magazine. Bugs in the wood make this a very impractical idea in the south.

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  14. I really want to do this with our fireplace now that fall is around the corner -- take out the fern which keeps my kids out and fill with logs.

    I like how every picture shows black and white art above the fireplace too.

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  15. I love that look also...but I guess you would have quite the fire if you tried to light that :)

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  16. I'm a southerner too and like other have mentioned, we could not do this. Spiders, lizards, and other creepy crawlers live in our wood piles. We are careful to never store ANY wood indoors. When it comes in the door, it is immediately put onto a burning fire.

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  17. Wood stays outside until winter. Then, in my ideal situation, a wonderful male carries it in and stacks it beside the fireplace just enough for one evening's fire. I was especially struck by the twig decoration in the third photo. I have a post in the wings about using sticks and twigs in decor. Maybe by the weekend. Currently I have two somewhat similar to the photo on Pontifical.s Porch. So far I haven't been able to get blog worthy photos but I will.

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  18. Love the look but not in Florida. Too many creep crawlies! But I do have a bucket of driftwood sitting next to it :)

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  19. I love this look, Rene!! Sarah at My Three Boys has her fireplace stacked with wood and I love the natural, warm effect. You could always stack the wood on the side in the winter if you actually use the fireplace.

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  20. Love this look! Erika over at Blu Label Bungalow just posted recently about stacked wood. Great minds, they say...

    Hope you have a great weekend Rene!

    Lori
    www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

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  21. Wow! Everybody has an opinion about wood in the fireplace. Thanks for the feedback! I must admit that I have wondered about bugs before. Not sure what to do about that whether you live in the north or the south. No matter what, I love the look ;)

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  22. I love the look, too, Rene. I think it's beautiful, but I wouldn't do it. We have a terminte bond on our house, and the terminte inspectors say never to stack your firewood up next to the house because of termites. They can go straight from the woodpile into your siding. I suppose the same logic would apply to bringing it indoors and storing it right there beside your mantel!

    And even if that's not true, just the fact that I was told that by our bug guy is enough to warn me away from it! But you're right; it's a beautiful look.

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  23. Too, Too woody for my taste. All that wood stacked in a beautiful french mantle distracts from its beauty. A french mantle is the star of any room and this one is beautiful.

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  24. I am crazy about that look but then how do you use the fireplace?

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  25. Wow, we just did this very thing. Awesome! Thanks for finding all these great pics. http://www.theroosterandthehen.com/a-wood-stacked-fireplace/

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