Photos by Hillary Ehlen
January is the coldest month of the year in North Dakota and Minnesota. When you walk through the front door, you want to be surrounded by warmth. Nothing warms your body and soul like the sight of a gently roaring fire in the wintertime. Recently, we visited the home of Lisa and Taya Cormican to see how they have embraced this feeling by incorporating a custom fireplace into their main living area.
When the homeowner and her young daughter moved in, they wanted to feel at home. Naturally, Home & Hearth was able to help with their main living area. It is hard to believe that just a few short months ago, this room did not have a fireplace at all. Now, it looks as if the whole space was designed around it. “It looks like the fireplace was built with the home,” said Darla Skaurud, General Manager at Home & Hearth.
Together with Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes, the homeowner selected a linear fireplace with stacked stone. Linear fireplaces are long and narrow in shape and are often used to complement contemporary or modern interiors. However, this homeowner added driftwood logs to the fire box. The result is a transitional look that pairs well with the other selections in the main living area. The fire box also features reflective panels, which allow the flames to be enjoyed from any angle in the room.
The homeowner initially thought she wanted the fireplace and television screen to be side by side, but she eventually decided to have them one on top of the other. Now, the screen effortlessly floats above the fireplace without any protruding wires.
This gas fireplace can be controlled by the press of a button on a remote, which the homeowner has styled on her coffee table. The nice thing about this is that she can coordinate her fireplace with the thermostat so that the flame dies down when the temperature reaches a certain degree. Near the fireplace, the homeowner has a basket full of throws for even more cozygoodness. Notice how the dark, forest green blanket is a play on the subtle hues in the Eldorado stacked stone, which the homeowner opted for in the newer color, Daybreak. We can definitely imagine enjoying a glass of wine by this fire at the end of a long day.
Home & Hearth
1750 45th St. S, Fargo