Where to Find Historic Fireplace Surrounds + Living Room Plans.

October 30, 2023

living room design

We are starting work on our living room this week! Although our home was built in the 1860s, it has had many additions and renovations through recent decades. Our goal is restore some of the older features, and also add in some elements that feel more true to the time period of the Italianate style home. I have been searching for where to find historic fireplace surrounds, which will be one of the main focal points of the room.

living room bookshelf plans

We had a few contractors look at the scope of work and give us quotes. We also received quotes from two box cabinet companies to compare. More on that soon!

Something I have really been missing in our new home is overall closet and shelf space! I loved how our old living room had the cabinet space to stick toy baskets, diapers, books, etc. We decided to use the same general concept designing this new space.

A few colors I was debating from top right: Farrow and Ball Light Blue, French Gray, Oval Room Blue, and Blue Gray. After seeing Blue Gray in every time of day and with our new sofa, it was a clear winner! This room connects our hallway and dining room, and the peaceful green (which reminds me of our old kitchen) will be a good connecting color for the overall plans of the first floor renovation:)

historic fireplace mantel surrounds


I was trying my luck on marketplace for a while, but any ones in the area were not in great condition. Marble fireplace surrounds can be upwards of $10K. I did find a few places that create replicas of historic fireplace surrounds however at various price points.

Where to find historic fireplace surrounds:

1. Etsy – There are several options on etsy that are original or marble replicas! These are pricier of course, but incredibly stunning.

2. DC Mantel House – This account on IG sources and creates mantel options with custom requests. My jaw drops over some of their pieces!

3. Historic Mantels LTD. These are historic inspired cast stone replicas which make them more affordable than originals. There many beautiful options!

4. Lowe’s and Home Depot – Both of these stores carry a line of Historic Mantels LTD. at lower price points which was a great option for our budget!

5. If your’e lucky, you may score an original at estate sales or FB marketplace! I have spotted a few great ones locally, but I wasn’t quick enough to get the sale. Set your search notifications on for “antique frieplace” and see what pops up!

6. Wayfair – Another online spot to search for all kinds of fireplace surrounds and mantel designs.

We started demo today! Looking forward to sharing the hopefully painless process;)

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