The oldest of fireplace furnishings, andirons were used widely from the Late Iron Age. The andiron stands on short legs and usually has a vertical guard bar at the front to prevent logs from rolling odd, thus giving it a somewhat dog like appearance (hence the alternative name, firedog). – Encyclopedia Britannica
It is officially winter and when faced with the bitter cold of the outdoors nothing sounds better than getting cozy next to a warm fire! The fireplace is often the visual focal point in a room and how you adorn your fireplace opening can greatly enhance the rooms aesthetic appeal. One of my favorite ways to increase your fireside allure is through the decorative and essential use of Andirons. Andirons are metal supports that keep the logs inside your fireplace, as well as, lift the logs off the ground, promoting more air flow around them and making for a better fire. Of course, they are highly decorative, incorporating a whole host of architectural and design elements! In my opinion, the larger the better but don’t forget that finishing touches like these are what gives a home its unique personality so be sure these details display who you are! Below are just a few of my favorites to help guide you… Enjoy and stay warm!
Phillip Nimmo Ironworks Linea Andirons = To The Trade Only Profiles Showroom
Chinese Drawing Room At Carlton House from Peak of Chic
Reed and Delphine Krakoffs Southampton Home Featured in Elle Decor September 2006. Andirons Designed by Pamplemousse.
Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart
Madeline Stuart Featured in Elle Decor January 2007
Yves St Laurent Paris Apartment Featured in Architectual Digest July 2009
Jim Howard House Beautiful
Steven Gambrel Featured in November 2007 Issue of Elle Decor
Cordelia De Castellane H&G May07