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Get the Look: Rustic Mantels

A look at some of the coolest, and certainly coziest, mantels

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
  • Werner Straube

    Rustic mantels are delightful. They’re simple and inherently natural. Whether made from salvaged timber or 18th-century stone, they just have a certain appeal. So click through to have a look at some of the coolest, and certainly coziest, mantels.

    Cabin Cool

    The ultimate cabin fireplace was made with stones gathered from nearby farms; salvaged timber makes an excellent mantel. 

     

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  • Gordon Beall

    Fireplace Focus

    An 18th-century limestone fireplace surround with a soaring overmantel is the focal point of this family room.

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  • Fran Brennan

    Cool Pine

    From the floor, to the mantel and cabinetry to the ceiling, bleached pine dominates this room creating a cool, rustic vibe.

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  • John Granen and John Merkl

    Natural Beauty

    A thick stone mantel in the cozy great room pays homage to the natural world outside the 2012 Napa Valley Showhouse. 

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  • Michael Partenio

    Drift Away

    Bearing a resemblance to driftwood and adding to the nautical theme in this living room is the worn wood mantel. 

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  • Sarah Dorio

    Urban Feel

    Keeping with the “cityscape” feel of the living room, is an exposed brick fireplace with a limestone mantel.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Pleasant and Warm

    Pleasantly imperfect finishing on the wooden mantel adds to the warm charm of this living room.

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  • Bonnie Maharam

    Seen and Heard

    In this dining room, everything tells a story (the hand-painted mural was a gift from the Chinese government). Just imagine how many gatherings the old stone mantel has witnessed.

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  • John Bessler

    Cheerful and Warm

    An informal wooden mantel settles into a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace. Says the homeowner, “I wanted a fireplace that exudes warmth even when it’s not lit.”

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  • John Bessler and Peter Rymwid

    Rustic Retreat

    “The gentlemen’s retreat is a refined and rustic room with an alluring sense of mystery and intrigue,” say this room’s designers. Adding to that intrigue is the carved wooden mantel.

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Infused With Charm

    Gold accents infuse the dining room with elegance while a whitewashed mantel and doors add rustic charm.

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  • Werner Straube

    Past and Present

    Exposed floor joists and a brick fireplace surround meet a pleasant green wall and mantel for the happy combination of past and present in this Cape Cod summer house.

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  • Jonny Valiant and Joseph St. Pierre

    Cheerful Mountain Retreat

    Antlers adorning the mantel of a fieldstone fireplace are a reminder that you are in a mountain retreat. The custom-designed fireplace warms up the already cheery sunroom. 

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  • Virginia MacDonald

    Custom Cool

    Knotted white pine in a custom tint has a cool vintage appeal. 

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  • Gordon Beall

    Georgetown Gem

    Here, an 18th-century style fireplace mantel with elegant curves is fitting for the 1911 Georgetown home. 

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  • John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

    Soaring Heights

    A soaring, offset-stone fireplace surround is tempered by a warm wooden mantel. 

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    Beautiful Balance

    On a cool Chilton stone fireplace, a custom mantel adds weight and scale.

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Elemental Inspiration

    Keeping nighttime chill at bay is a loggia fireplace made of stone and wood—elements that inspired the beach house palette.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Warm Wood

    Providing a contrast to the taupe toile walls in the family room is a wood mantel in a dark stain. 

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  • Werner Straube

    Scandinavian Style

    Although the great room in a new addition utilizes Scandinavian design, it keeps in line with the rest of the Georgian-style house—especially the stone fireplace surround, which mimics those found in the older rooms. 

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  • Emily Followill

    Cottage Casual

    In the Blue Ridge Mountains, cottage style blends comfortably with the wooded mountain setting. A stone fireplace stands out against a wooden background. “The wood walls and wood ceilings give warmth and texture to the rooms and add to the casualness of the home,” says interior designer June Price. 

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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.