Many will be hosting either large or small-scale gatherings of close friends and family in their homes this holiday season, and what better place to entertain than around a warm fireplace, whether roaring or just gently crackling. In a beautifully designed home, a fireplace serves as not only a source of cozy heat but also an important focal point for a living area, a standout piece of craftsmanship to draw the eye. Here are a few inspiring fireplaces to set the mood for a wonderful holiday.
Timeless Country Estate,New Canaan,CT
A stately Colonial-style home constructed by Jablonski Associates comes complete with a 13th-century stone wine cellar accommodating 4,000 bottles and featuring an ESommelier wine catalogue system. Imagine curling up with a glass of a fine wine in front of one of this home’s sleek gas fireplaces, part of an integrated AMX system comprised of 19 in-wall touch panels that led to the residence being award Electronic House of the Year.
310 Stuyvesant Avenue, Rye, NY
The Long Island Sound waterfront provides the backdrop through tall windowed doors as guests mingle in front of the living room fireplace of this custom-built Colonial-style residence. Panoramic views reach across manicured lawns and sailboat-filled waters all the way to the New York City sky line. If the weather is warm enough, the gathering can be taken out to the elegant covered outdoor seating area featuring its own fireplace.
Tavern Island, Norwalk,CT
A private island can feel a world apart, evoke a lifestyle of afternoons on the beach, summertime relaxation, and the soothing sounds of water lapping the shore on all sides. Yet these properties are often ready for year-round living, and on Tavern Island, just off the southern coast Connecticut, the water views can be enjoyed all winter long from the comfort of a living room warmed by a lovely stone fireplace.
33 Misty Brook Lane, New Fairfield, CT
The kitchen has become just as much of a central spot for entertaining as other more traditional rooms, and this inviting sunlit kitchen includes a counter-height fireplace that provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere as guests nibble on the chef’s fresh off the AGA stove cooking. The fireplace is just one of many amazing details discovered throughout this award-winning classic lake house.
Wexford Hall,New Canaan, CT
A Tudor-style home designed by renowned architect William B. Tubby, who was responsible for several architectural achievements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, features an expansive and breathtaking interior, with ten elegant fireplaces numbering among its many fine details. The fireplaces that warm the home’s fine spaces provide a distinctive setting for upscale entertaining.