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Home is where the Hearth is

The hearth is technically defined as ‘the area in front of the fireplace’. So we are going to refer to the ‘hearth’ in this blog post as just that, but it might also extend to a simple corner of your living room in the instance that you don’t have an actual fireplace to work with because hey- there are no rules!  After all, it’s the holiday season, and gatherings are where memories are made, whether the space is small or large, fireplace or not.

So where do you start on decorating the hearth? We’ve got a few ideas.

Rugs

A perfect scene that you might find on pinterest is a square fireplace with a circular rug in front. We do love the idea of the contrasting shapes. But a circular rug can be limiting as well, so you can also consider a large rectangle that will fit all of your furnishings. Either way, choose a material or pattern that suits your room scheme.

Candles

We can’t deny there’s nothing like the ambiance that a cackling fire in the fireplace produces, but for those of us that aren’t lucky enough to have a fireplace, the use of candles can aid in setting the mood. We love these marble candle holders that add an elaborate elegance to any space. Another great option is hanging elegant wall sconces for added light.

You can also surround yourself with a scent that’s pleasing to you with a candle, the plus side is that you can change it up with the seasons. For the holidays, we love Klaene Gray’s ‘hearth’ scent which combines orange, cinnamon, clove, frasier fir and pine notes.

Cozy Seating

There’s nothing like curling up in a chair with a good book, with either the fire cackling or the aroma of scented candles around. Find the right chair based on your overall living room style. This leather lounge chair is ideal for a modern rustic room, and tend to be a hit with the men.

For an elegant, more formal setting, arrange the furniture around the hearth, facing each other. Timeless chairs make a statement and a slipcovered sofa adds a softer touch and is ideal for year round designs. And after the guests leave, it's the perfect place to sprawl out on your own.

Blankets and throws

Get even more comfortable in your seat by adding a cozy blanket to snuggle under. A little texture goes a long way. Knotted throws and furry stools keep things cushy and layers of patterned pillows are easy ways to get snug. Consider yourself lucky if you have a built in banquette on each side of the mantel! 

 image via Atlanta Magazine

image via Atlanta Magazine

his tip is beneficial for those that are working without a fireplace.. For a little more warmth and luxury, grab the Bella Notte quilt from the bedroom or a Matteo thermal throw.

Tabletop Lamp

While the soft subtle flow of fire is soothing to all, it’s not necessarily soothing to our eyes , so consider adding a table lamp to achieve the perfect ambiance. Our favorite tabletop lamp is the Hibiscus. The translucent glass base adds a contemporary flair that works with all styles and the glass will reflect the fire light.

And after you're all set up with a chair and a blanket, and a lamp, it's time to curl up with a good book! Choose something uplifting and meaningful.

What’s your favorite way to cozy up the hearth?

How to Get the Outdoor Resort Look

Who doesn't love a relaxing getaway? When we think of outdoor spaces, our mind initially travels to our last exotic vacation. Even if it was a closer destination, there's still a unique, relaxed feeling that comes to mind. So, why not recreate it in your own backyard? We chose a few of our favorite places in a range of styles and featured some of our favorite outdoor furniture pieces to help you achieve that vacation mood in your personal space.

1- Modern Contemporary Outdoor Space

 Image: Balthazar Hotel + Spa

Image: Balthazar Hotel + Spa

We normally see more of a romantic look in France, but the trendsetting French Balthazar Hotel and Spa is full of character blending authentic furnishings with a genuinely homey feel. Emulate the feeling in your outdoor dining space with the Janus et Cie Mood collection. Simple, sturdy and beautiful, it is crafted from premium teak grown and harvested from sustainable sources.  Weather resistant fabric is weaved over an aluminum frame to create a resilient, supportive sling. Add hanging lanterns for a rustic touch and finish it off with unique artwork to accent your greenery.

2- Modern Organic Outdoor Space

 Image via Eden Hotel Bormio

Image via Eden Hotel Bormio

Overlooking the ski slopes, the Eden Hotel's sustainable, stylish design works in dialogue with its surroundings for a true Italian mountain experience in Bormio. Get a cozy rustic outdoor space with a handcrafted Lane Venture chair.  A solid aluminum frame is covered in hand-woven polyethylene fibers with longlasting outdoor quality. Add solid wood stump side tables and soften the look with ivory sheepskin throws and you'll have a perfectly nestled backyard area.

3- Southern Classic

 Image via Zio + Sons

Image via Zio + Sons

Prefer tradition and charm? This look is suitable for a porch or a landscaped dining nook. Classic wicker paired with neutral textiles for a french countryside feel, our inspiration here comes from the enchanting Zero George Street hotel in quaint Charleston, SC. The Summer Classics resin wicker dining chair has an all-weather cushion that can be customized in suitable fabric options that withstand the elements for years to come. Antique accents and outdoor shutters will provide that southern appeal.

4- Beachy Chic

 Image via Viceroy Hotel Anguilla

Image via Viceroy Hotel Anguilla

To compliment a sleek pool, consider a contemporary look that could be indoor or outdoor. We love a lounge area for some poolside chatting or cocktails, and an outdoor sofa provides the perfect setup. Lee Industries custom covered Oleander sofa brings comfort and a chic look to an outdoor space, similar to Kelly Wearstler's design at the Viceroy Anguilla.  Unique accent chairs complete the relaxed mood similar to a swank vacation resort.

5- Industrial Chic

 image via Ink Hotel Amsterdam

image via Ink Hotel Amsterdam

Need an ideal solution for spacious city living? Harbour Outdoor is good at keeping things sleek and contemporary, add the clean Piano sectional to a simple, open space for an immediate impact. Keep things minimal and add plants in concrete planters randomly spaced around- and of course, statement lighting like these hanging lanterns to compliment the style.

6- Urban Contemporary

 Image via The Empire Hotel NYC

Image via The Empire Hotel NYC

City living usually equates to a small space, but that doesn't mean it can't be designed well. Janus et Cie is always an ideal option to create a wow factor in any space. The Amari dining set is contemporary with a comfort factor included. Outdoor curtains compliment the look creating an exclusive feel to the space, and bunches of candles will create the perfect ambience (Hotel Empire neon sign optional).