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Chicago Fireplace Mantel

The Perfect Fireplace Mantel for Chicago

On our travel to Chicago to pick out the perfect mantel design, I find that the name Chicago is derived from one of my favorite toppings on my Chicago Pizza or even Polish Sausage – Onion (wild onion).  Chicago is the third largest metro economy, was one of the fastest grown cities ever, built the Worlds first Skyscraper, and next to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the World.  Chicago has a pretty tough reputation with the likes of Al Cappone, The Bears, and it’s nickname as the Windy City.

The Perfect Chicago Fireplace Mantel has to be:

  • Well built and constructed for the windy climate and high rise reputation
  • Tough to match a strong blue collar class
  • Built with bit of opulence for the leading City in the Mid-West

Our Mantel of choice for Chicago is… Louis XV

Mantel choice for Chicago

A Mantel for Maine

As we continue our tour around North America associating Mantel Designs with different natural and architectural elements of a place, today we land in Maine.  My Google image tour of Maine helps me define Maine with a rugged coast line, prehistoric rock formations, cottage architectural style with a touch of colonial flavor.  Difficult to nail down for someone who has not been to Maine to say the least.  Being that the area is a coastal town and a northern latitude, fireplaces must be used frequently and the true value that an appealing Mantel would see it’s full potential.

 

Our pick for a Mantel that reflects the prehistoric and rugged stone look, functionality of a fireplace, and mantel that would be used frequently, and adds a touch of the colonial ornate.  The Callaway Mantel is a very popular style and is used quite frequently in especially cottage type applications.  Distinctive Mantels designed the Callaway and has been installed in homes for the past 15 years.

A Mantel for San Francisco

Fireplace Mantels by Location

At Distinctive Mantels, we strive to develop Mantel Designs that reflect attitudes, natural surroundings, and historical design.  In this light we are beginning a series on Mantel Designs relating our custom designs to popular cities known for their culture and unique design perspective.  We are starting with San Francisco, CA and will provide some background and then our best suited Mantel recommendations.  We would be please for you to vote on which Mantel reflects the culture and traditions of each city.

San Francisco Defined

San Francisco was  originally founded as a Catholic Mission after St. Francis of Assisi in the 1700’s and then established itself as a dominant Coastal City during the Gold Rush of 1849.  Today it is a leading banking and commerce community with much diversity in culture and philosophy. San Francisco is also the second most densely populated in North America providing plenty of opportunity for this diversity to interact.   The most distinct natural features of San Francisco would be the rolling hills that drop into the sea and the potential for violent earth quakes.  Our picks generally rely primarily on natural and cultural visuals as our mantels are very visual.

Our Mantel Pick

The Monterrey is our pick for the Mantel the most closely represents the history, nature, and feel for the City by the Bay.  We felt the the rolling hills and curved posts was a must.  The straight clean lines of the Mantle to reflect the towering Golden Gate Bridge.  The limestone look and color to contrast the green as the “Paris of the West”.  Rooted in simplicity as the Catholic Mission.

Let us know if you agree!

 

 

 

 

Large Overmantel

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Overmantel

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Richmond

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The Richmond Mantel

The Richmond is a custom designed Mantel from Distinctive Mantels that was completed in the Old Word fashion. The Old World design comes from the European Architectural fashions of the Medieval times through the late 18th Century.  The term Old World Mantel is associated with Architecture in which the designs originate with the Gothic style having a large domineering stone presence and intricate details.  These details are often dramatic, humanistic, providing depth, and the focal point of any room.  To achieve the kind of detail of the Richmond Mantel would push the cost out of most every ones budget, but with cast stone, we are able to achieve the same and better results at a reasonable cost.

Pierre

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The Pierre Mantel

The Pierre is a custom designed Mantel from Distinctive Mantels,  derived from the Old Word fashion. A Louis xv style updated with simpler lines, and ornamentation.   The dramatic shapes and details are humanistic, providing depth, and the focal point of any room.  To achieve the kind of detail of the Pierre Mantel would push the cost out of most every ones budget, but with cast stone, we are able to achieve the same and better results at a reasonable cost.

Le Mans

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The Le Mans Mantel

Le Mans  is a custom designed, cast stone mantel from Distinctive Mantels that was completed in the Old Word fashion.  The Old World fashion is related to the European style fashions of the Renaissance through the late 18th Century.  These designs are intricate, beautiful, humanistic, providing depth, and a focal point for any room.   Cast Stone Mantels have the look and feel of  limestone and travertine without the added expense and weight.  Distinguish your living space from the average room with the Le Mans Mantel.

Landmark

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Landmark Mantel

The Landmark is distinguished by a deep Scotia (reverse C-shape) below a traditional Attic crown, all above a exquisite leafy, scrolled  frieze. The original was painstakingly copied from an original French Renaissance trumeau uncovered in the basement of an importer’s massive warehouse. The shelf rests on traditional fluted pilasters and corbels. There are other combinations of Legs and friezes available for this shelf.

Callaway

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Callaway Mantel

Callaway is a custom designed, cast stone mantel from Distinctive Mantels that was completed in the Old Word fashion.  The Old World fashion is related to the European style fashions of the Renaissance through the late 18th Century.  These designs are intricate, beautiful, humanistic, providing depth, and a focal point of any room.   Cast Stone Mantels have the look and feel of real limestone and travertine without the added expense and weight.  Distinguish your living space from the average room with the Callaway Mantel.

Alexander

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The Alexander Mantel

The Alexander is a custom designed, cast stone mantel from Distinctive Mantels that was completed in the Old Word fashion.  The Old World fashion is related to the European style fashions of the Renaissance through the late 18th Century.  These designs are intricate, beautiful, humanistic, providing depth, and a focal point of any room.   Cast Stone Mantels have the look and feel of real limestone and travertine without the added expense and weight.  Distinguish your living space from the average room with the Alexander Mantel.

Portofino

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The Portofino Mantel

The Portofino is a custom designed, cast stone mantel from Distinctive Mantels that was completed in the Old Word fashion.  The Old World fashion is related to the European style fashions of the Renaissance through the late 18th Century.  These designs are intricate, beautiful, humanistic, providing depth, and a focal point of any room.   Cast Stone Mantels have the look and feel of real limestone and travertine without the added expense and weight.  Distinguish your living space from the average room with the Portofino Mantel.

Cambridge

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The Cambridge Mantel

The Cambridge is a custom designed, cast stone mantel from Distinctive Mantels that was completed in the Old Word fashion.  The Old World fashion is related to the European style fashions of the Renaissance through the late 18th Century.  These designs are intricate, beautiful, humanistic, providing depth, and a focal point of any room.   Cast Stone Mantels have the look and feel of real limestone and travertine without the added expense and weight.  Distinguish your living space from the average room with the Cambridge Fireplace Mantel.

Oxford

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The Oxford Mantel

A bold massive  mantle with a Tudor arch for an important room.  Standing aside, I am always surprised how this huge mantle captures onlookers and stretches their imaginations

Cast Stone Mantels have the look and feel of real limestone and travertine without the added expense and weight.  Distinguish your living space from the average room with the Oxford Fireplace Mantel.

Montecito

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The Montecito Mantel

.A richly ornamented bead and reel frieze set into a traditional Renaissance shelf.  Massive acanthus corbels topped with running coin capitals complete this rich design keyed to Old  World stability.

Telluride

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The Telluride Mantel

Like it’s cousin the Aspen the Telluride combines smart, clean curves with rugged Colorado textures.  Specifically designed to appeal to those who like seeing a bit of the outdoors pulled indoors.