Somehow Mom Nature took notice of the previous fireplace mantel post, because it was 60 on Sunday and now brrrrrr… it’s in the teens. But yeah… it’s JANUARY. Us folks in the northeast love to kvetch about our winter weather. It’s as if each year we forget that the earth is doing it’s annual lean away from the sun. The bitter cold feels like a personal affront we shouldn’t have to endure. But hey, the indians handled it and they didn’t have a lot of protection either. I don’t think they spoke much Yiddish either. So they probably didn’t have a word to describe the suckfest we go through for several weeks each year.
Today is part II of a three-part series on elegant fireplace mantels. If you missed part I, you can find it here.
Part II The Most Gorgeous Stone Fireplace Mantels – Ever!
BTW, I’m not very fond of fireplaces that are entirely made from rock stone–especially a monstrosity…
and ugh… this.
Oh man, that’s some serious fugly going on here. Please, please, please, no painted natural rock stone. Okay? That is… unless you are Brooke and Steve Giannetti and you have the artisans at your disposal who can create a masterpiece like this.
What’s the difference? Aside from the exquisite furnishings? I’ll tell you, if it’s not already obvious. The Giannettis have created an exquisite compound [Patina Farm] based on a combined vision. They put together their love of the Italian country-side, Swedish and other antiques and semi-rustic-casual California living into one unique paradise. The stone is meant to look centuries old and is painted and plastered; it’s all quite extraordinary!
And being an
insanely jealous-miserable-it’s-effing-snowing-and-freezing-and-I-have-a-nasty-head-cold New Yorker; I’d give my eye teeth to spend a day or two in this sunny nirvana with the insane decor and darling lemon plant on the table. But I’ll stop my grousing because I’m sure we all long to escape into the beauty awaiting.
A lovely living room with sophisticated French Country flair
Another exquisite antique stone mantel for Patina Farm
And another fabulous design by Giannetti Architects
I adore the Greek Key Mantel!
Classic English Traditional without the stodge.
All of her homes are absolutely magnificent!
My FHF -Favorite Hotel Forever!
Love Sheila’s work. If you’d like to see more, please check her out here.
pretty, pretty and love the herringbone brick pattern!
This elegant style always reminds me of San Francisco
From her Greenwich Village apartment in New York City
unusual black stone mantel. Many more black mantels coming but painted!
Who doesn’t adore that glass built-in bookcase. The simple stone mantel complements it so well!
Let the kids and the dogs in this room! Could that chair be more beaten up? Oh, how the English love their old furniture! ;]
It’s a dream of mine to stay at this A-mazing hotel. The only problem would be that I would need to stay in every room! I guess I’d need a long-term lease!
Stay safe and warm!