Even though it’s spring and most of us in New York City are anxiously awaiting summer weather, I wanted to share some recent fireplace designs I love. Of course we all want a fireplace in the winter, but could you live with it in the summer months? A well designed space surrounding a fireplace can work year round, and even on a cool summer night (or day) having the option for a fire can transform a space. The key is to have the fireplace be warm and inviting without feeling too stuffy like it’s permanently winter time in the family room. If it’s a wood burning fireplace and you would like to store the wood in an open area then it’s important to consider how the other design elements and colors will work. While it may feel cozy in the cold weather, too much wood or an over abundance of earth tones, in addition to the fireplace, may feel claustrophobic in the summer. Fireplaces have evolved to the point where there are options for almost everyone. They can also be placed virtually anywhere from hallways to kitchens to bathrooms.