Places– of Charm

Who doesn’t love a chalet-style Craftsman home with hand-hewn stonework, open beam woodwork, and inviting Chinese inspired lighting?  As beautiful and convenient as our planned community is (with pools, parks for many sports, and small lakes) our tract homes were built thirty years ago.  Of course people redo kitchens, bathrooms, and some people have done some remuddling, often aiming for the Craftsman style.  They miss because the proportions are wrong.  Still, there is nothing wrong with making our homes as attractive as possible.  But, they are what they are, not Craftsman.  Still, it’s good to upgrade our (ugly) late 1970/ early 1980 fireplaces.  There are many classic designs with molded stone that look real, warm and inviting– just as nice as a genuine Craftsman fireplace.

Dear visitors, a handful of people emailed me, asking what we have planned for our new fireplace.  Here’s the one I think would fit well in our home, and my husband lets me be the boss of small things.  He thinks they’re small, ha ha.  Reba Studebaker has a preference for the stacked field stone style, shown at if you’re interested.


Elk Ridge Cast Stone Mantel

Elk Ridge Cast Stone Mantel

Pasadena CA Craftsman house 3 again A Craftsman is not what we have!
1980s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

7 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Reba Studebaker

    That’s it, that is ugly. And we have one, too! Where did you get that photo– white walls, vertical blinds, and a fake ficus tree!

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey Reba, ghastly, isn’t it? I googled on 1970/1980 fireplace designs. When we bought our house in 1994, it had vertical blinds and white walls. It’s time we get rid of this fireplace.

  3. Janessa Breckinridge

    Our fireplace is equally appalling but doesn’t have the brick all the way to the ceiling in the center. There’s wall space.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Janessa and Reba, dear heart loves stone, but actual masonry is very expensive. Fabricated cast stone fireplace surrounds (river stone, stacked stone, and brick) with an oak or maple shelf above has rustic charm.

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