Golden Ratio Fireplaces, A beautiful journey into warmth & light

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This is a discovery that we as restorers and carvers of Ancient Surfaces have noticed for years now.

The intense usage of the golden ratio in fireplaces carved centuries ago was more prevalent and widespread that previously ever expected.

The odd thing is that only a handful of historic references mention how common place this practice was.

I think that carvers in the renaissance era and onward just developed a second nature to involuntarily produce such harmonic ratios since many stone fireplaces were reclaimed from farmhouses belonging to the less sophisticated mercantile class.

Those merchants never had a connoisseur eye for architectural does and don’t and can be compared to what we call today the newly found money or ‘Nouveaux Rich’.

In most parts they had to employ local talent that were in many cases self tough craftsmen and journeymen not belonging to carving guilds where advanced knowledge and expertise was developed and honed.

Don’t get me wrong, the golden ratio was not a Renaissance invention. It was first noted by name around 300BC by Euclid in his mathematical treatise The Elements.

This ratio can be found across geometry, nature, all sciences, all smart and elegant constructions and has been incorporated by ingenious builders and Polymaths across human history to create and innovate novel and brilliant creations.

This universal Harmony, Truth and Beauty has found its way luckily into our antique reclaimed fireplaces.

We’ve noticed something very peculiar and strange however. Our clients seems to be drawn to stone fireplaces exhibiting such ratios like moths drawn to a light bulb.

The human eye brain and soul seems to have a basic intuition on what is appealing and what is not even at first glance, no training necessary!

Take a look and let me know what you think?

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Picking a French Provence Fireplace Mantle? a task easier said than done!

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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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