The Dictionary calls the Hearth the “Symbol of One’s Home.” That’s one definition – it’s also, more directly, the floor of the fireplace. I wanted to see lots of fireplaces for Week 4 because I LOVE looking at fireplaces, but I also know that some houses don’t have fireplaces, or wood stoves. So, hearth can be taken creatively!
Week Four : The Hearth / Gathering Spot
Show us the symbol of your home!
Week Four is all about the Hearth – whether that’s literal, or figurative. In the Victorian Era, the fireplace was where families gathered and kept warm – maybe playing games, or reading. So for this week’s photo challenge, show us what that means to you! Where is your gathering spot – the symbol of your home?
We only have one fireplace – and it’s in our totally un-touched and not decorated at all parlor.
We’ve been told – and there’s evidence in the basement to back this up – that this fireplace had a twin, on the opposite corner of the next room (the Library). We hope to add a fireplace back into that space in the next couple of years! And, I’m thinking about putting one in the master bathroom, as well. Which sounds ridiculous, but it could be really neat.
And there are some questions. Like – clearly, this upper mirror is not original. Why is it there?
It sits in the corner of the room, fulfilling two of my favorite things – fireplaces, and rooms that aren’t square.
Also, I am SO excited to get my hands on this room someday. It is screaming for some love.
The fireplace is functional – it’s been converted to gas. And though it works, and we’ve had a chimney sweep out who said the chimney and fireplace are in great condition, currently it’s out of commission because the gas valve is stuck. So, it’s on the list to fix.
The tile is questionable. We’ve had several people tell us that they don’t think it’s original. And I’m not sure, but I want to believe them because it’s not very attractive and if it’s not original, I won’t feel bad about replacing it. I do love the cast iron surround.
“Replace it? With What?” You ask. Well, at our local salvage yard, they had some gorgeous teal tiles, depicting the 4 seasons. And anyone who knows me, knows that while I love winter the BEST, I really love all 4 seasons, and love living in the Midwest for that reason. And I fell in love with the tile – and then found out it was taken out of a house ON MY STREET. So, I’m putting it back on my street.
Not in good shape? The walls. This was one of the spots that had bad water damage from the years that the house was abandoned and foreclosed. The room above it is even worse. When we get to restoring this room, we’ll take the fireplace completely off, and after the heart palpitations that will cause, we’ll repair the plaster, and re-install the fireplace with the “new” tile.
That’s our fireplace!
Photo Challenge Info:
If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag #52weeksofhome
- Facebook – I’ll post each week’s post / picture on the Vivacious Victorian Facebook Page, and you can post yours in the comments!
You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek4 (etc.)
Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.
Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week :