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6 Fantastic Fireplaces

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Whether it's indoors or outdoors, for practical use or aesthetics, a fireplace is a great addition to any home. Check out six creative versions of the tried-and-true heating system, and our fireplace pinboard of the day.
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  The outdoor fireplace of the Balcones house designed by Elizabeth Alford keeps dining al fresco available year round. Photo by Brent Humphreys.  Photo by: Brent Humphreys

    The outdoor fireplace of the Balcones house designed by Elizabeth Alford keeps dining al fresco available year round. Photo by Brent Humphreys.

    Photo by: Brent Humphreys

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  To avoid a space-hogging fireplace, architect Michael P. Johnson recommended a Bathyscafocus by Focus Creations for the Hiller House. Hiller took the suggestion and now enjoys the warmth of a fireplace and the full square footage of her living room. Photo by Bjorn Wallander.  Photo by: Bjorn Wallander

    To avoid a space-hogging fireplace, architect Michael P. Johnson recommended a Bathyscafocus by Focus Creations for the Hiller House. Hiller took the suggestion and now enjoys the warmth of a fireplace and the full square footage of her living room. Photo by Bjorn Wallander.

    Photo by: Bjorn Wallander

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  The living room and dining room were originally separated by a central fireplace, which interior designer Nicole Hollis removed to create this great room. She installed a custom eight-foot-long open gas fireplace in the living room (equipped with sensors that automatically turn it off when someone gets too near to the flames). Photo by Ben Mayorga.

    The living room and dining room were originally separated by a central fireplace, which interior designer Nicole Hollis removed to create this great room. She installed a custom eight-foot-long open gas fireplace in the living room (equipped with sensors that automatically turn it off when someone gets too near to the flames). Photo by Ben Mayorga.

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  Though technically all one space, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are separated by the double-sided fireplace. When the couple stays at the house, they enjoy relaxing, reading, walking, snowshoeing, and, in summer, swimming in the pool. Photo by Tom Arban.

    Though technically all one space, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are separated by the double-sided fireplace. When the couple stays at the house, they enjoy relaxing, reading, walking, snowshoeing, and, in summer, swimming in the pool. Photo by Tom Arban.

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  At the Orchard House, a bird turns on the antique French spit in the living room fireplace. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    At the Orchard House, a bird turns on the antique French spit in the living room fireplace. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Seated on Philippe Starck's outdoor chairs for Kartell, homeowners Bruce Golob and Jean Freeman take in the warmth from the freestanding fireplace at their Two Black Sheds retreat on Wisconsin's Madeline Island.

    Seated on Philippe Starck's outdoor chairs for Kartell, homeowners Bruce Golob and Jean Freeman take in the warmth from the freestanding fireplace at their Two Black Sheds retreat on Wisconsin's Madeline Island.

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