Friday, November 15, 2013

Stefan's Fireplace Transformation!


When I saw Stefan of Architect Design's transformation of his fireplace it was one of those Wow moments - I absolutely love it!!! Above is the before in it's ho-hum state but look at it now with a painted black surround and layered with art over the mirrored wall.  The bust in the firebox is the perfect complement and the lamps add a classic touch too.  

Stefan is one of my favorite bloggers and I emailed him about the print.  It's an India ink watercolor that was a housewarming gift to his grandparents from one of his grandfather's professors from architecture school when they built their house back in 1950. It's assumed that the professor painted it himself. Stefan has always admired it growing up and when he bought his last apartment his grandma gave it to him.   Perfect for the space in so many ways!


Stefan  recently helped a friend improve the look of his fireplace as well, you can check it out here.
Hope you have a great weekend!  Michele

19 comments:

pve design said...

HOT HOT HOT!

therelishedroost said...

its amazing what a little reflective surface will do!!!
gorgeous!

Soul Pretty said...

Paint is your friend...sometimes your best friend.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

so fab. mantles are so hard and this one looks amazing!

for the love of a house said...

That is indeed a WOW!! Love the new fireplace and for a moment I thought he had moved the walls on each side, back. Amazing what paint can do. Love the styling and especially the placement of the bust. Great job.
happy weekend!
joan

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

im so glad you featured this because it deserves the extra attention. i LOVE this. and the styling is EN POINTE!

home before dark said...

Stefan's blog was one of the first I started reading. I was amazed when I found out then he was not yet 30. He is a perfect mix of classic and modern, romantic and pragmatist. Gotta' love a guy who has stored his beloved dishes IN his dishwasher.

I think the new mantel is a perfect example of Stefan's style. I think the touch of black adds depth and mystery. Can't wait until we get invited for the whole tour!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I love this! So bright and chic and really opens up a room and is a smashing focal point! Have a great weekend.
xo Nancy

Ashley said...

I'm glad he kept the mirrors--they are a unique feature and he definitely played them up to his advantage.

Nita Stacy said...

At first I thought that mirror is so unfortunate and he'd have to remove. But I love how it turned out and that he kept it!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh wow, when you asked to use the photo I had no idea it was for a post ABOUT it! Thank you so much for your kind words, dearie! See you soon!

niartist said...

Reminds me of Jeffrey Bilhuber's fireplace makeover for Trey Laird in NYC. Gorgeous.

Annapolady said...

I love that he did this without major structural changes. Wow!

Pat said...

I'm inspired. That's a good solution for our fireplace with the huge black heater insert. Which we love, especially last week when the 1st floor heat was out! It does heat the family room and kitchen with the fans running. I may try the paint option.

A Perfect Gray said...

read his blog religiously, but somehow missed this one. great transformation, no?

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Love the layer look and sparkle.

Windlost said...

Stefan has wonderful classical taste and yet always makes it feel fresh and current somehow. I wish I lived in DC so we could all be BFF's. hehehe. xo Terri

Things That Inspire said...

I thought his fireplace looked pretty good before, but it just shows what a sensitive eye can see - the transformation is amazing. I love the lamps on the mantel and the bust in the firebox in particular.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Now that is a transformation. I really like the print over the mirror.

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