As if warming the cockles of our design hearts weren’t enough, these beautiful fireplaces, hand-picked from some of our favourite home tours, offer insight into how to create modern spaces that foreground togetherness
1. Accustomed to airy loft living, the young family who built this 5-bedroom home in Leaside were reluctant to throw-up walls between living spaces. Enter Six Degrees Studio, who installed a dramatic double-sided wood-burning fireplace to create separation between living and dining areas, not family.
2. For architect Vanessa Fong and designer Ryan Taylor, giving each room in this Victorian conversion its own identity was paramount. A Gold MDF mantel frames the original subway tile of the fireplace, making social gatherings a focal point.
3. Two siblings, comprised of an architect and a Juno-winning musician, were brought closer together by this stunning Bloorcourt renovation. Playing into her songbird sister’s eclectic tastes, Ginger Sorbara installed open shelves around the fireplace. The exposed firewood complement the inviting shagginess of her sister’s Moroccan textiles.
4. In this high-performance home in Leaside designed by Arriz Hassam and Altius Architecture, a built-in soapstone bench invites the resident family of athletes to relax around the hearth, and maybe trade their high scores.
5. On the third floor of architect Darcie Watson’s Edwardian home is a seamless bed/bathroom retreat inspired by luxury spas. The principal designer at Areacode used a marble-clad fireplace as both room divider and perch for relaxed catch-ups at the end of the day.
6. When filmmaker Lisa Mann moved into a friend’s factory conversion in Dovercourt Park, she already had the makings of a great home at her fingertips: an original fireplace. She placed an almost blank canvas, showing a wild horse, above the mantel to keep the flames in focus. The eye is drawn instead from the cosy fire to a display of family portraits and art.
GET THE GLOW:
1. Linear wood fireplace in copper by Town & Country, from $5000 at Igne & Ferro
2. Linnea 3 cement surround in Dove, $2700 at Paloform
3. Gas fireplace with Piet Boon surround by Stuv, pricing available upon request at Igne & Ferro