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Many people outside of the UK think that the Georgian Style refers to one single ‘King George’ mainly ‘George The V’. Georgian style however encompasses a full century long spanning the rule of the 3 consecutive Georges that have helped defined that time period in so many diverse ways.

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The entire Georgian period is divided into the Paladin phase, Early Georgian and finally the Late Georgian period. The style started as a Neo-classical rebellion against the ‘gaudiness’ or the previous dominating Baroque and Gothic design styles that the British monarchy saw itself surrounded with. George I despised those styles and embarked on a journey of change that ended up spanning 100 years and several rulers.

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The three phases complete one another stylistically. As the 19th century rolled by and progress ensued, and the style lessened in terms of carving and intensity reflecting the societal change that the world was going through. Near its tail-end, the style morphed completely into the Regency style.

English cottage and French Farmhouse inspired outdoor closed top Pergola with a Stone Fireplace

English cottage and French Farmhouse inspired outdoor closed top Pergola with a Stone Fireplace

The entire Empire took an interest in styling and interior/exterior designs becoming the order of the day; Interiors became more popular as it became somewhat obtainable economically thanks to the new economy of scale and to a booming need to stay ‘stylish’ and ‘up to date’ on matters of design. Georgian became more popular thanks to wide spread of fancy coffee table print books containing architectural rendering and drawings of Decorative Stone Elements that were becoming available to the public for the first time.

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Nothing is more soothing than the sound of water and it’s a plus that it masks street noise! Pool and wall fountains come in so many styles allowing you to bring in the charm of different cities and eras into your garden whether Provincial, Tuscan, Arabesque or Rustic to name a few.

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Reclaimed limestone flooring, stepping stones and stair steps are slip resistant, need minimal maintenance, withstand extreme climate and heavy use due to their hard molecular structure and are absolutely gorgeous. They are a work of art in themselves with their warm earth tones, striking veins, varying sizes and the possibility of installing them in running bond formation or random ‘Versailles’ patterns.

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A swimming pool means you are going to spend a great deal of time outdoors so your pool’s style and personality are key. Using natural limestone coping and flooring for the poolscape spurs superiority and elegance while maintaining a much needed laid back relaxing atmosphere. Their slip-resistant features and earth tone patina are perfect for this setting.

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We at Ancient Surfaces have for many years procured some of the finest and most sought after period Gregorian and Victorian Marble surrounds and limestone hearths from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales through direct salvaging, estate auction sales and from our trusted network of our local dealers that are eager to barter with us their finds in exchange of our Southern French and Italian masterpieces.

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Isolated and scattered across the fertile Medieval French country side, old farms were built according to two techniques. One mixed clay earth, mud filling between weaving timer and stone to make up its walls, the other was strictly made up of Thick limestone walls.

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The famous “Sarrasine” fireplaces (for foreign in French perhaps referring to the Moors or the Normans) common to both types of Medieval French Farmhouses were shrouded in mysteries. This class of ancient limestone fireplaces which sport massive firebox openings, reminds historians of the Gallic fireplaces found although the region of ‘Bresse’.old sarrassine chimney design

Since the 16th century, Bresse cultivates maize which was brought in into Europe from the Newly discovered continent of America. In less than 50 years this plant transformed the French farmland serving as an ideal fuel for both man and beast alike. limestone-over-mantel-fireplace-designFarmers now had somewhere between 30 to 50% more money coming into their pouches every year thanks to corn. The Bress Farmers became the ‘Nouveaux Rich’ of their time and their newly acquired fortunes earned them famous nicknames such as bressans “yellow belly farmers”.Limestone over mantel fireplace

Saracen fireplaces of the Bressan yellow bellies!

The lasting evidence of Bressan flourishing rural past, can still be witnessed by the priceless architectural treasures still found in their surviving farmhouses. The millions of ancient hearthed fireplaces stood the test of time and have become the symbol of the Bressan farm house and formed the basis of its architectural heritage.french-limestone-fireplace

Wealthy farmers splurged real well on massive living room, kitchen and dining room fireplaces. back then a good fireplace could cost the family as much as their entire farm house but corn was plenty and the money kept on flowing.Frech Fireplace medieval kitchen hood

What better way to keep up with the ‘Pierres’ than having a bigger and meaner fireplaces than they did?Fireplace medieval kitchen hood limestone

Consisting of a central hearth, reminiscent of the original hearth, these monumental Fireplace mantles are called “diffusion heated fireplaces”, “wide heated hearths”, “large walk-through fireplaces” or “Bressane style fireplaces”.Biblical Stone Fireplace

The term “Saracen” or “Sarrasine” spreads in the 16th century, perhaps in connection with the mysterious era of the Crusaders when the French fought a prolonged war against the North African Moors, the Turks, The Arabian kingdoms of Andalusia and Egypt, and Saladin’s hoards. Intrigued by these strange architecture that was culturally mixed, the less educated French Farmer started calling their Fireplaces foreign as if they were the fireplaces of a foreign invader or a ‘Saracen’ hence the term “Saracen fireplaces”.beautiful-limestone-fireplace-design-idea

Another Hypotheses on Saracen chimneys can be likened to traditional Aragonese chimneys from the Upper Aragon region, in the Spanish Pyrenees, that were structurally quite similar to the French farmhouse fireplaces.beautiful-limestone-fireplace-design

The academic jury is still out on the true origins of the Sarrasine fireplaces and for now at least these amazing fireplaces retain their shrouded of mystery.antique-restored-limestone-fireplace-design

Here are a few notable Bressian fireplaces worth noting:

– Polygonal (The Planons in Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon …)
– Square pyramid (The Forest at St Trivier-de-Courtes, The Bresse Field in Romenay …)
– Reliquary (The Mount at Chevroux …)
– Square terminal lantern (The Sougey in Montrevel-en-Bresse …) antique-reclaimed-fireplace

In some cases, monumental fireplace featured a “archebanc” (or the bench-chest raised hearth) that once hosted the regional Lords, the elders of the family or distinguished guests.antique sarrasine fireplace design

By the eighteenth century, these chimneys were already considered of another age; from there, certainly, the name of “sarrasines” felt even more fitting to those pieces far from any Moorish connection.1280px-Cheminée_médiévale

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In a recent discussion with a custom home builder and his client the question of picking the right French style antique limestone fireplace mantle has proven to be much tough to answer than previously though!

There was some focused around whether they should construct all seven full masonry fireplaces or have some antique stone mantle sit on top fire box inserts. As with anything there are pro’s and con’s.  The builder thinks that solid masonry fireplaces will work much better with the antique fireplaces when an insert firebox is his preference for the master bedroom. As the debate went on we shared several past projects photos with the builder and client of both cases and near the end they were able to select that firebox type went where.

In today’s post we want to chow everyone the various design ideas and portfolio of images presented to the couple and their builder. There are so many great choices, but we want to know which firebox options and which fireplace mantle design ideas would be your pick.

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A beautiful majestic limestone fireplace in the center of an old renovated French farmhouse

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Reclaimed limestone fireplace with an over mantel

This limestone fireplace is the focal point of this small cottage living room

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The limestone wall cladding, fireplace and wood beams create an old world look into this living room

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Beautiful mixture between the Old and The new in this French style living room

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Simple carved antique fireplace in an authentic Provencal kitchen

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French country house with an antique limestone fireplace

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Beautiful interior design of an old restored castle with a majestic reclaimed limestone fireplace

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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.

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Beautiful French Provence living room interior with a French style Limestone Fireplace

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Italian Mediterranean country side bedroom with a majestic Italian limestone fireplace

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French Country Medieval Limestone Fireplace Style

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Italian Limestone Fireplace to add warmth into this Italian Mediterranean Rustic Bedroom

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A Very “chic” French Provencal limestone Fireplace Style

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Modern French Bourgogne Farmhouse Limestone Fireplace

French Louis 16 Limestone Fireplace

A French Louis 16th Limestone Fireplace Style

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Master Bedroom French Limestone Fireplace

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French Bourgogne Farmhouse Limestone Fireplace Style

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French Medieval Saint Remy Limestone Fireplace

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Gothic Italian Antique Limestone Fireplace in Puglia

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A Beautiful Old French Medieval Ruined Limestone Fireplace as seen in Dordogne Region

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A Restored French Medieval Limestone Fireplace from a ruined Castle in Dordogne

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Italian Mediterranean Limestone Fireplace

 

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There’s nothing quite like a fireplace to curl up next to on a cool night.fireplace-antique-limestone-23

Fireplaces not only add heat in a literal sense, but they also lend warmth and charm to a space.fireplace-antique-limestone-16

This is even true of outdoor spaces.  Adding an outdoor stone fireplace in your backyard or garden is a luxury you will not regret.la-fi-hotprop-laguna-beach-compound-20141209-p-023-2

An antique stone fireplace is elegant, elemental, and everlasting capable of withstanding the perpetual ware and tare of all what nature can throw at it. fireplace-antique-limestone-24

There are many antique stone fireplace designs to choose from when selecting the style that best fits your home style.fireplace-antique-limestone-22

From Italian farmhouse to French provincial or even Greek costal Mediterranean an antique stone fireplace will anchor-in the theme of your house with your outdoors living space guaranteeing you a perfect design that will never need to be remodeled as long as the structure stands.Outdoor Bay Front-039C

An outdoor stone fireplace can be used all year long.  There is nothing like sitting around the fire during a cool night, whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall, and enjoying the warmth and the dancing flames evokes our basic feelings of shelter and protection.fireplace-antique-limestone-19

Your outdoor fireplace will soon become a gathering spot for family and friends, and rather than running indoors as soon as the mercury dips, you will find yourself drawn to sit by your antique stone fireplace ‘Al Fresco’.fireplace-antique-limestone-20

Holiday time is an especially wonderful time to enjoy an outdoor antique stone mantel.  Even though the weather outside may be unforgiving, the glowing warmth of an outdoor stone fireplace is the solution.2996680463_6cac1e1554-2 copy

Grab a mug of hot cocoa or warm apple cider, don a hat and some warm mittens, and enjoy the same feeling our ancestors enjoyed before us while in the company of a wonderful stone fireplace during the holiday season.fireplace-antique-limestone-13

Decorated with the holidays evergreens and outdoor lights, garland and wreaths, they can greatly add to the holiday cheer.  You will quickly find that the memories you make while gathered outdoors around the stone fireplace hearth are ones that you will never forget.fireplace-antique-limestone-15fireplace-antique-limestone-12

If you already have an outdoor fireplace, then you are all set to enjoy some time spent outdoors to unwind. fireplace-antique-limestone-8

If, on the other hand, you only have plans to build an outdoor stone fireplace but have not yet started, you can rest assured that whenever your antique stone fireplace is finished, it will bring enjoyment and warmth to you and your family all year long and for many years to come.fireplace-antique-limestone-11

Still undecided on how you want to build your custom stone fireplace and haven’t narrowed down your choices yet, have no fear!fireplace-antique-limestone-2 

You can find a wealth of antique stone fireplace ideas as well as original stone fireplace pictures and photos in our online database so you can start formulating a clear idea of what you like and how one of our antique stone mantels will fit into your outdoor garden design.fireplace-antique-limestone-4fireplace-antique-limestone-3

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Our Antique Limestone fireplaces can be found in just about any design, size or shape so your only dilemma will be the ability to choose one.fireplace-antique-limestone-10

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