Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category


An Antique fireplace mantel is doubtless the most momentous item of furniture that you’ll invest for your house because it’s a permanent fixture that will survive and fit any of the house remodeling and endless redecoration and style changes that a home will have to endure over its lifetime.

French Fireplace:

A French Mantel is identified by its quintessential finesse regardless of carving style and design period. They are a bit lower and deeper than those of the Italians.

Provance In Texas All along the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the extravagant style of fireplaces were generally correlated with French mantels and characterized by floral carvings,

4130724025_c12fc2f08c detailed coats of arms and focused more on ‘story telling’. This genre of Neo-classical style came to lead during the reign of Louis XVI.

fireplace-cover-07Ancient Surfaces’ wide gallery of fireplaces contains a trove of French and Italian antique limestone mantel fireplaces which is considered by many expert to be one of the world most significant in both size and importance.

cm2014-eugenie-129bdHere’s an antique limestone mantle above was salvaged from France and was raised by a hearth to perfectly fit an existing fireplace box in California.

31d19845a3b67d9d7fd50224e2a94996As for the style of mantles goes, the most sought after are 14th to 17th century gems that are Southern Italian, Tuscan or French Bastide also called French Farmhouse of Countryside fireplace which are characterized by their simplicity.

Antique Reclaimed French Fireplace with a decorative over mantleWe, at Ancient surfaces, believe that beauty comes from simplicity, we take our time in restoring each original fireplace back to its former glory.

21d947c9e90201b4de619e514ff5d91c

French Fireplace fitting in perfectly with this living room’s atmosphere

3f287c38778a2ae0b946d9633772b1edNowadays, Newly hand carved limestone stone fireplaces are custom tailored to accommodate any firebox opening and can be carved out in any design.

0628

 

Italian Fireplace:

Untitled-1

An original Antique limestone fireplace mantle installed in an Italian inspired villa in Southern California.

 

 

9491316578_c819ea2220_o

 

 
15-LE-BANC-AUX-ROSES-2-

 Our Twitter page     Our Facebook page   houzz interior design ideas   houzz interior design ideas

Come visit our interactive digital online catalog

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »


A solid stone mantle adds many factors of interest to a house. Providing not only a source of warmth, but style, beauty and value. Ancient surface’s antique custom designed fireplaces are guaranteed to make your home the place where everyone wants to be. It easily becomes the centerpiece of your house, drawing both friends and family together around its warm glare.

These stone fireplace design ideas from our past projects will inspire a space you’ll never want to leave. Let it rain snow and hail outside so our mantels can warm you up with style. There is nothing better than a cup of hot coco in front of a warm fire after a long day in the cold!

Our fireplaces are custom-designed to accommodate you and your loved ones. Thinking about having some peace of mind and a good read? Where else then around a stone state of the art fireplace.

Scroll through the different fireplace designs and let yourself fall in love in our stone mantels, guaranteed to keep you warm.

 Domaine_Laurentine__22_

French Rustic mantel fireplace vignette in an exposed wood ceiling living room.
LivingRoom-1b
A French-Victorian mix design will throw your heart and mind into a wonderful world of “make believe” right in your own home.
p659_01_3_1
A roaring fire warms up the living room, with green and white detailed throw pillow as a compliment to the glowing embers. Limestone Coats of Arms emblems, antique limestone flooring, renaissance painting and classical Provence furniture were all enlisted for this ‘job well done’ design.

 

cadre-traditionnel-pour-cheminee-pierre-3732-3365883

A captivating antique limestone fireplace that features an over mantle or a “trumeaux” as it’s called in French. The fireplace back wall butts to the kitchen hood and stove on the other side, flanked by two classical French countryside reclaimed wooden doors.

 

610x810_Quality97_610x810_Quality97_ad_03

Majestic french Baroque Renaissance Mix Fireplace. The back wall was filled with the ancient ‘Kronos’ Wall limestone blocks. See more of our Kronos Stone Walls here: http://www.AncientSurfaces.com/Antique-Flat-Wall-Stone-Cladding.html

09_master-bedroom
This French heavy carved majestic fireplace is the focal point in this master bedroom.

 

ci_charles-faudree-interiors_pg_117_fireplace-mantel-stone_v_jpg_rend_hgtvcom_1280_1707

Beautiful reclaimed French Fireplace Mantel from the South of France installed in a cozy living room.

LivingRoom-2
Rustic Provence look. Each architectural element in this picture has a story of its own and has witnessed a different angle of our rich human history.
leclosfiorentinahicks6
The Combination of antique chairs, basalt table and stone fireplace seem to just work flawlessly together. The various indoor plants next to the mantel look perfect in their weathered urns.
cheminee_vieillie
A simple and clean line Antique Fireplace Mantle with Over mantle by Ancient Surfaces.
58c1ad1004985a31_8994-w500-h666-b0-p0--mediterranean-living-room
Old World Mediterranean, Italian home decor with a wide open indoor outdoor setting.
Master-Bedroom
A Beautiful Architectural Bedroom with an Italian Fireplace in a Laguna Beach Master Bedroom.

 

salon Antique Fireplace en Agen Sold from our Loir Stock to the owner

Installed ancient fireplace mantle in a french Provence style home. The Antique Kronos Limestone Blocks were chosen as the reclaimed wall stone cladding that covered the entire indoor-outdoor wall veneer of this beautiful French farmhouse cottage. To learn more about this unique product please visit this page here: www.AncientSurfaces.com/Antique-Flat-Wall-Stone-Cladding.html

 

Captura de pantalla 2014-11-04 a las 10.52.38

This Italian limestone fireplace mantel blends in perfectly with the room soft Italian countryside atmosphere and style.

montecito_03
Gorgeous, cozy Italian Villa lounge room with a fully carved Italian fireplace that makes you want to just sit there and marvel.
b6ad84a9e4533a15e2f13bbeed68cf33
Hand carved French limestone fireplace mantel from the 17th Century. This small whimsical side fireplace nook makes you wonder how much attention to details has gone into the meticulous design of this beautiful and time honored estate.

 

Camina_D'Ese_1

Another inspiring Antique Italian fireplace that is marked by the use of the golden ratio in its carving centuries ago.

 

photo04

A beautiful 16th Century French fireplace with a sunning overmantle photographed during the renovation of this classical French castle.

 

fireplace_by_kime

A Beautifully hand carved traditional 18th century Italian Limestone fireplace.

 

 

Our Twitter page Our Facebook page houzz interior design ideas houzz interior design ideas

Come visit our interactive digital online catalog

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »


Are you having problems coming up with the right design ideas for your outdoor stone fireplace? 

Do you feel like what’s out there on the market looks so cookie cutter and low quality that it could cheapen instead of enrich your backyard experience?

If you are hoping to include a unique looking stone fireplace into your wild outdoors you just might be in luck. 

Installing a real elegant stone fireplace could be a step in the right direction. Tired of the same ole copy paste Slam Depot stacked stone ‘fireplace kits’ that are “so easy you can install them yourself”?!

They are quite frankly the saddest thing to look at and are littered across the dot-com world that import all sorts of substandard goods guaranteed not to impress you nor enrich your outdoor living experience.

Poof! So glad we got that out of our system for a change. So now back to our regular dose of kumbaya and political correctness…

Here are some real Outdoor Stone Fireplace Masterpieces that deserve to be in your Backyard and should be worthy of setting the stage for your upcoming best memories you’ll be creating with your love ones.

la-fi-hotprop-laguna-beach-compound-20141209-p-023-2

poolside fire place-2

 

DSC_0200-2

6a01157204a024970b0133ec5d2515970b

38491771785238294_k3mZo7iF_f

Outdoor Bay Front-039C

BEST-2

123 - Copy

RAY

Aztec-04-2

DSC004582-B (1)

Outdoor Bay Front-037b

ghghghgh-2

Best-kunn-outdoor-patio-b

 

Our Twitter page Our Facebook page houzz interior design ideas houzz interior design ideas

Come visit our interactive digital online catalog

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »


Sometimes functional items are designed so beautifully that they blur the line between architecture and art. The stone fireplace surrounds in our collection are beautifully hand carved ancient works of art.
As the evenings growing colder, no wonder many of us start turning on the glow of their beloved fireplaces. Many of us think that it might be a little too late to remodel their fireplaces and replace them with the real deal. Well, think again! With some extra motivation fueled by your desire to enjoy your winter season in a European flair, you can have your own masterpiece.

Here are the top 10 most beautiful, inspiring, ancient and cozy fireplaces that maybe still within your grasp:

342N1314

Our primal connection to art and fire have gone hand-in-hand ever since cavemen created art on the walls of caves by firelight. This mantel fireplace gives a feeling to be simultaneously ancient and modern.

0-la-fi-hotprop-laguna-beach-compound-20141209

The sculptural elements of this classic fireplace rival anything I saw in the castles of Europe or France! It makes you want to relax in front of the fire while listening to Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto Number 3 in G Major.” That music always makes me feel uplifted in spirit, and I think it fits the fireplace.

Bahia Serena - Newport Beach

This splendid Italian 16th century stone fireplace mantle has been restored sold and shipped to the Americas were it was installed by a team of professional master masons that have perfected to installation process down to a science

DSC_0059

This amazing fireplace was custom designed for the client and hand carved from stone. I would listen to Bach again, but this time it would have to be “Tocata and Fugue in D Minor,” a much heavier piece.

2996700671_e202eab866_a-small

This stunning French limestone fireplace mantel was realized in the Provence style and was the main feature of this frugal French farmhouse in Provence.

total-1

This stunning French limestone fireplace mantel was realized in the Provence style and was the main feature of this frugal French farmhouse in Provence.

Camina Di Massa-3

This simply designed French fireplace making tradition of the 18th and 17th centuries. Its classical simplicity speaks volumes about the period in which it was conceived.

Reclaimed Mantle-Suzan-L-03

Selecting the right piece of stone and choosing the direction of placement shows off a stunningly beautiful natural work of art. It’s an ancient piece of stone, yet it reads like a contemporary abstract painting with all the artistic carvings.

greatroom1a

This is a unique Louis XV limestone fireplace from Provence dating back to the 17th century.

Montecito-034

Baroque and Medieval inspired bedroom fireplace with a modern flair.

 

Our Twitter page Our Facebook page houzz interior design ideas houzz interior design ideas

Come visit our interactive digital online catalog

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »

Deck your fireplace during Christmas


A fireplace is often a focal point already, but when holidays come, it takes on added significance —with Santa coming down the chimney and all. Encircle your Christmas stockings with mantel decorations to suit the holiday spirit. Once your fireplace is cheerful, it’s time to light a fire, sit back with a glass of wine and soak up that heart-warming feeling of the holidays at home.
A fireplace is always on display, but this time of year it’s especially under the spot lights, with friends and family warming up in front of a roaring fire or huddling in the living room for an evening of games or movies. The stone mantel, which usually is an added value actor throughout the year, lands a starring role around the holidays, with beautiful, stockings and string lights draped across it.
Here’s few of Ancient surfaces mantel fireplaces decorated in a very stunning way to add Christmas spirit into the room

92035061_o

A mostly white color palette with pottery, tea lights and snowflakes contrasts dark foliage and garlands. Looks beautifully matched with the Christmas tree. Gives feeling of warmth.

sedona 003

The stone fireplace shown in here follows a Romanesque Revival or, more specifically, Romanesque style. Located in the home’s formal living room, it has a very robust and masculine look.

sedona 101

A French Provence Antique Limestone Fireplace adorned by Garlands, flanked by stockings and decorated with Mistletoe, Red Roses and Christmas shrubbery.

P1250441

Natural greenery, wreaths, candles, silver, gold and white … white bee lights covers this beautifully cared mantel stone fireplace that sets a truly Christmas spirit for this room.

c2fa8f4f1e8c31782350a1e97d7b4af0

Very simple and clean fireplace, very warm yellow lights are dispersed around the fireplace and on the stove along with reindeer and a tiny Christmas tree to create a special mood and get into the Christmas holiday feeling.

DSC_0388-b

A traditional Southern Italian Fireplace with a Baroque Puglia Style Christmas Decoration focused on Angelic Cherub decoration and Sicilian ceramic in the Majolica Melograno style

DSC_0417-c

An Authentic French Pyrénée mountains Fireplace carved in the style known locally as the “Cheminee Montagnard Des Pyrénées” finished with a minimalist natural garlands, wine flasks, organic homemade Bees wax candles and an antique Candelabrum.

Our Twitter page Our Facebook page houzz interior design ideas houzz interior design ideas

Come visit our interactive digital online catalog

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »

Simple vs. Classical Beauties. which fireplaces will you choose?


They say nothing lasts forever, but we all know that one can own a few items that may last for generations to come. No, we’re not talking about a girl’s best friend to quote Marline Monroe. Even though our stones can’t be worn on your wrists or fingers, they still can be a crowd pleaser none the less. Installing an antique limestone fireplace in your family room can be the one design element that everyone in your family agrees with and is comforted by especially when it starts raining or snowing outside.

montecito_02

Pedigree (History and Provenance) of the fireplace aside, what design elements one should consider when selecting a fireplace that may last you a lifetime in some cases?

You always need to keep in mind that your fireplace selection will have to be a permanent fixture in your home and is supposed to live through any design change your room or home will be going through in the future. What would you rather go for? A well carved fireplace or a simply hand carved one? Let’s consider the positive aspects of both choices and see how they may pertain to your taste buds.

 

Fully carved stone mantles:

 

53BV-19-b

When considering a fully hand carved limestone fireplace close your eyes and think of a complex and rich multi-layered ‘Taurasi’ wine blend from ‘Campania’ that’s been well aged in oak barrels.

IMG_1807-B

What nuances would your eyes savor? Can you envision tasting the Southern Italian Baroque acanthus leaves free flowing on this mantle corbeled sides or the rich and velvety pallet of the sprawling and spiraling vined foliage that can grace the front face of your unique fireplace?

b6ad84a9e4533a15e2f13bbeed68cf33

Can you imagine the glowing heat radiating from inside the stone built firebox of such a captivating mantle? The reflected shadow of the flame dancing on the medieval carved limestone coupled with the intoxicating sound on the flickering burning wood becoming one with the melody of slowly decanted bottle of Barolo from Piedmont…

1206_lohman_shekel_2197-Edit

If you picture yourself in that frame, allow yourself to be captured by an antique well carved limestone fireplace that’s been salvaged from centuries old Renaissance or Baroque castles by Ancient Surfaces.

jbvhjgd-

A fully carved fireplace of that era will define the look of your entire room and anchor your whole house with an authentic design persona.

Hybrid-04

 

Simple carved Fireplace:

 

4726083030_c696a9c1b4_3

Simply carved fireplaces allow visual evenhandedness between styles, finish patina and shade of the room and the stone of the fireplace. In a simple fireplace the design focus shifts from the carving to the actual antique limestone itself as it becomes the predominant design feature of the mantel instead of its minimal carved elements.

2198622555_107a59b6f2_2

When it’s simple it goes with everything else right? Well yes that is true, but one has to be careful that going with everything doesn’t turn into a disappearing act where the mantle itself totally blends with its environment in the same way a window frame blends with the wall.

49 Beach View 042

Simple architectural fireplaces when realized symmetrically and when created and carved under the golden ratio and the golden mean will carry more of a creative punch than most of its other ornately carved counterparts. Minimalism when portrayed in well-defined and harmonic ratios, guarantees you a powerful visual output and a soothing organic feel that will satisfy your design vision for that space.

P S  AUG 09_2-007820

With a simple yet elegant antique hand carved fireplace you’ll be looking more at the architecture, structure and patina of the fireplace and how its various component simply integrate together with your space.

Ancient-Fireplace-Mantle-01

As a wise man once said: “the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.” William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347)

Our Twitter page Our Facebook page houzz interior design ideas houzz interior design ideas

Come visit our interactive digital online catalog

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »


Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces.

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.
http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog.   http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

Antique stone fireplace by Ancient Surfaces. Ideas and examples from our upcoming online catalog. http://www.ancientsurfaces.com/Antique-Fireplaces.html

To learn more about those fascinating and unique architectural gems as well as their hand carved exact replicas feel free to please contact us through our website at Ancient Surfaces.

Reclamation Images

Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

 Call us at: 212-461-0245 // 212-913-9588

Sales@AncientSurfaces.com

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: