Friday, June 15

Metal Work - Focus on Hunter Metal Forge & Iron Works Inc.

I grew up around metal shops. It's in my blood. My great grandfather, grandfather and father all worked in metal creating beautiful railings, towering skyscraper beams and everything in between. So when we remodeled our mountain home I knew I wanted metal elements. 
Our contractor introduced me to metal worker extraordinaire, Brian Spanier, who, along with his team, does an amazing job with metal. They are located at Lake Tahoe on the north shore in Tahoe Vista. Here is some of their work.

Doesn't this gorgeous, rustic fireplace screen look like it's been there for years? 

I just love how the smooth textures of this inset mantel contrast with the stone, don't you? 
(One could hang the Christmas stockings using neodymium magnets!)

Maybe your retreat has a contemporary style. This metal fireplace and metal "logs" look so striking.

The graceful curve of this beautiful staircase complements the wood stairs and the stone tile at the landing. Making straight metal into graceful curves is not easy!

The beefy metal and hand forging of this custom banding really accentuates the solidity of the wood post and beams. It almost looks as malleable as lead!

Lastly, here are some photos of the work they did for me. The fireplace is my own design. My crude sketch on paper was transformed into this!

Mantel by Hunter Metal - metal under hearth protects the wall from firewood that gets tossed underneath!

Detail of mantel by Hunter Metal 
Hunter Metal also made the fireplace tools!

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour today. To view more gorgeous work by Hunter Metal click here. (Disclosure: I have no affiliation nor did I receive any compensation for this post. I am just a very satisfied client!)

Do you have metalwork in your retreat? If so, please do share a photo or link. If not, maybe you want to contact Hunter Metal!

Tuesday, June 12

Link - "Cabin Decor" on TLC

It's time to share a link!
Source/(c) Whispering Pines

I stumbled upon an interesting article, filled with photos, from "TLC" (The Learning Channel). It is called "Cabin Decor" by Janice Brewster. There are multiple pages with a detailed history of cabins, lodges, and their decor. You might find it interesting; it's fun to look at the photos that have been collected (visual person that I am.)

(Click Here to go to "Cabin Decor" on TLC.)


Thursday, June 7

Fire Places Make the Spaces!

I don't need to tell you that a fire place is a focal point in a room. In a rustic lodge, there has to be at least one fireplace. But you know that, too. Instead of my blathering on stating the obvious about fireplaces, let's look at some inspiring photos from around the web, shall we? (And at the end I'll give you a link to hundreds of fireplace designs, and the source for many of the photos in this post.)

Here is a bold statement - the stone and timbers are so massive that the furniture looks child-sized!
Source unknown
This one appears to be made from just a few massive stones.

Whereas these river rock or field stone fireplaces always seem to me to be a cross between a jigsaw puzzle and works of art. (I remember watching the mason who built the fireplace in my girlhood home spend many days arranging the stones on the floor until he was satisfied with the design before he even began construction.)

Fireplaces aren't often placed in a corner, and I had my doubts that a corner fireplace would work until I saw these examples:

It has always seemed to me to be the ultimate luxury 
to have a fireplace in the bedroom or a bathroom. 
Which would you prefer?
Source: Country Living

Source High Camp Home

These last fireplaces are by master stone artisan, Lew French. I love the driftwood mantel!

Amazingly, none of these stones are cut!

This video shows more of this incredible artist's work:

If you want to find an unbelievable resource for fireplace styles, click on  Fireplace Designs.
Have a photo, link or fireplace idea you'd like to share? Do comment.