With fall upon us, it’s time to start thinking about lighting a fire. And unless you have a gas or alternative-fuel firebox, where there’s smoke, there’s usually wood. Showing that necessity can be the mother of invention, homeowners and designers are taking the workaday fire log and making something interesting.
In some cases these woodpiles serve a strictly decorative purpose in a nonfunctioning or little-used fireplace. In others they’re simply chic and effective wood storage. Whatever the reason, the woodpile has never looked so intriguing.
1. Fill It Full
This home, by Jute Interiors, has a nonfunctioning fireplace. Nevertheless, designers brought the warmth of wood back to the focal point by filling it full of logs.
In this home small, round logs make a tidy pattern and balance the natural finish of the armoire.
This Boston fireplace, by Marcus Gleysteen Architects, came to life with an asymmetrical log arrangement. At least some of the logs appear to be just pieces of curled bark, a great idea if you want to quickly remove the pieces and light a fire.
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