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Heating Fixes (that don’t require starting over)

by Mary Ellen Polson
Heating an old house is a balancing act; even those built in the 20th century may have aging, inefficient systems.
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Arts & Crafts Around the Hearth

by Lori Viator
Browse an eye-opening list of specialist products and manufacturers to beautify the hearth (and discreetly distribute heat), all suitable for bungalows, Craftsman-era homes, and those of the Arts & Crafts Revival.
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Furniture & Interior Style Designer Carisa Mahnken used decos of two sizes with a contrasting liner and a relief border in this custom surround made with Motawi tiles.

A Face for the Fireplace

by Mary Ellen Polson
Consider scale, material, and especially craftsmanship for your new hearth.
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Furniture & Interior Style A bungalow fireplace has straightforward but sculptural andirons as well as a grate.

Stylish Tools on the Hearth

by Brian D. Coleman
Standard equipment for centuries, fireplace screens, grates, andirons and tools are often seen as merely practical. But accessorizing your hearth in period style makes it the decorative focal point in the room.
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Arts & Crafts For the Hearth

by Patricia Poore
Browse an eye-opening list of period products to beautify the hearth (and discreetly distribute heat), suitable for bungalows, Craftsman-era homes, and those of the Arts & Crafts Revival.
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Furniture & Interior Style Fireplace after installation of art tile: Arts & Crafts meets Colonial Revival.

Creating an Art Tile Fireplace

by Catherine Lundie
A bland and damaged surround is remade with a period tile installation—and the fireplace becomes a stylish focal point.
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Woodwork: Before & After Tales

by Patricia Poore
In projects large and small—even quite modest—a bit of woodwork wizardry can transform a room. Here are three inspiring projects from a Chicago designer.
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Return of the Hearth

by Patricia Poore
In the philosophy of Arts & Crafts, the fireplace is idealized as the centerpiece of family life: hearth and home. Although not every builders’ bungalow got a fireplace—or at least not a fancy one—plenty of period examples survive to inspire us. The seven examples shown here are, however, in newer homes.
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