The Elf Of My Affection

     One of the most lovely architectural features of A Pleasant House is all of it’s fireplaces.
     We have three (inside).
     They were never designed to burn wood ( all are 19th century coal burning boxes- narrow, shallow, with coffered walls, and long- long stacks that had to stretch 40 feet to clear the roof line).
     Each still has the original cast iron coal basket and each has a different surround and mantel. 
     We’ve had them sealed, and fireproofed (to code), and have installed ventless gas coal baskets, because, after all,  I’m not going to burn coal. 
     I want ambience, and a small bit of supplemental heat, and maybe a jolly old elf to have choices so that he doesn’t fly by and miss the cookies…


The Library Fireplace
surrounded by objects of affection.
Including a small sampling of my Santa Collection.

I have collected Santa dolls for years.
The Elf on the far left I made myself!


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