Winter is definitely approaching us here in San Francisco. The skies are still blue and we’re enjoying some sunny weekends, but the unmistakable signs of Fall are here too. Leaves on the ground, pumpkins in the store, chilly mornings and, of course, more fog.

We’re getting prepared this year with a few minor renovations. The first off the block is a new fireplace insert. We have a fireplace that we quite like, but we never use it. Apart from anything else, wood fires aren’t allowed in the city. So we’re going for a gas log set, which sounds horrible but actually looks fabulous and will make the place much warmer.

Although we won’t need a whole new fireplace, I’ve been inspired by some amazing mantelpieces so I thought I’d put together a few of my new, and all-time, favorites to get you all in the wintry mood. Some of them would be lovely year-round, others are downright Christmassy (sorry, couldn’t resist), but they all convinced me that a fireplace still makes a room. Pull up a chair and a blanket and enjoy…

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Credits:

1 – Lucyina Moodie, 2 – Nato Welton via Sarah Kaye Represents, 3 – The Find, 4 & 5 – Joanna Henderson via Sarah Kaye Represents, 6 – Chris Everard for Living Etc, 7 – Pure Style Home, 8 – Peacock Feathers, 9 – SF Girl by Bay, 10 – Homes and Gardens, 11 – Flickr, 12 & 13 – Homes and Gardens, 14 – Graham and Green.

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