Tuesday, January 11, 2011

fireplaces that don't suck: brad ford.

i'm sure we've all seen our share of barf-y fireplace mantles. as a designer, i unfortunately see them all the time, and only get the occasional chance to rip those suckers off the wall and start over. thusly, i am always sleuthing for clean, fresh takes on the typically traditional mantle. additionally, i'm forever hounding inexpensive solutions, as this is an area that can go overboard if you're not careful. today i stumbled on a handful of mantle inspirations in brad ford's design portfolio, which are featured below and fit all of my aforementioned bills. i like that they are unexpected and also could be re-interpreted for a reasonable price. although generally contemporary, they could work with a variety of styles, especially if you are a mixer-and-matcher like yours truly. a quick trip (and coincidental timing) to brad's blog reveals that a lot of his inspiration comes from international architecture firm studio ko, which GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. just go to their website. try not to eat your computer screen when you do.


MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Just found you. Lurv at first sight! Oh, yeah...nice mantels. ;)

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

These framed out fireplaces are totally smokin'.
They are absolutely what I'd choose if I were building a home from scratch.

In other blogger fodder, In other fodder, I've awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award.

It's a bit like a bloggy chain-letter, I've found, so don't feel compelled to play along. I'm happy just to have you up at Nero for the day.

If you'd like to snag the button for your site, you can check it out here:


Cheers and best, Alcira


kristina said...

my little happy place-thanks for cruising by! and also, thanks for the compliment! swing by anytime as i love visitors.

and alcira-LE WHAT? that is fantastic! danke, internet friend! i will be racking my brain for some random kdub factoids. this will be fun for THE COLDEST DAY EVER.