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The best of At Home With: Fireplaces

Amanda Tholen Long, owner of Mash Handmade, loaded the nonworking fireplace in her Mission home with logs.

A portrait of former Kansas City, Kan., mayor Jack Reardon governs a nook that Wright guesses was once a fireplace.

Emily Walters applied chalkboard paint to the wall above the mantel in her Brookside home so she could draw new designs at whim. The fireplace glows with glass bottles wrapped with holiday lights.

Arches and alcoves abound in Nora Frankel's Tudor home in Waldo

The Heybrocks commissioned local artist Jori Cheville to do the tile work around their second fireplace.

Damon and Kari Heybrock kept the original limestone walls and fireplace during renovations to their Hyde Park home. Black walls and a wooden mantel frame the blocky stones.

Crissy Dastrup glammed up the wall around her fireplace with pearlescent penny tile. Dastrup lives with her family in Hyde Park.

Art from travels to Japan (left) and Denmark (center) adorns the mantel at Nick and Sybil Allegri's Dutch Colonial in Platte City.

“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with a kick-ass pad? Send info and photos to sarah@inkkc.com.


Fireplaces are totally hot right now, and not just because they’re filled with burning wood.

If you have one that doesn’t work, consider turning it into the room’s focal point by stacking logs or vintage suitcases inside. Emily Walters filled the fireplace in her Brookside home with glass bottles wrapped with holiday lights. The lights produce a glow that resembles embers, without the fire hazard. Walters also applied black chalkboard paint above the mantel so she could draw on “wallpaper” at whim.

Here are a few more ideas that put the art in hearth.


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