Create a Colorful Holiday Hearth
Photo: John Gruen

Colorful Holiday Hearth

Nothing feels warmer than a conversation corner that hugs a woodburning fireplace. With the holidays approaching, architectural designers Rick and Liz O'Leary turned their living room hearth into a cheery focal point that welcomes guests. They had already updated the existing overmantel and built-in bookcase with new molding and panel details to bring classic colonial-era charm to the 1840s farmhouse. A club chair with updated lines and a modern floral fabric anchors the space and mingles with vintage treasures to personalize the overall look. A large silverware chest doubles as a coffee table, and silver trophy cups mix with other collectibles for a one-of-a-kind shelf display. An antique buffet mirror above the mantel reflects the holiday mood—and greenery. Read on to learn how you can pull together a bright spot like this one that invites friends to sit and stay awhile.
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