“It’s kind of like Amber” says Lisa, a mother-of-two from Michigan, who has a large, dark fireplace in her home with a black-and-white pattern on it that she and her husband, James, painted on.
“It’s a bit of a symbol, I guess, and we’re just really excited about it,” she says of the fireplace.
“We painted it white last year and we’ll paint it black this year, but we’re really excited to have a fireplace like this.”
The fireplace in Lisa’s house is an inspired one by 1920s American photographer Frank R. Alcott, who photographed an ornate Victorian-style house in St Louis that was decorated with beautiful, dark wood and copper.
“There was a real need for a fireplace and I think the idea of a fireplace in a Victorian style, like an Aquarius, just seemed like such a cool way to do it,” Lisa says.
“When I first saw it, I just thought it was a pretty nice fireplace.
It’s really big and it’s pretty much the only one in the house.”‘
I don’t know what I want to be’It was an interesting idea, and it worked out really well,” Lisa adds.
Lisa and James were inspired to decorate their Victorian house in the 1920’s by their mother’s fascination with the natural world.”
I think it was just a really nice piece of Victorian design, so I really like it,” James says.
Lisa says that she has a fascination with natural light, and her mother wanted her to paint a fireplace to see if it would be a suitable addition to the house.”
The idea was that we wanted to make it look like it had some sort of natural light and she just had a passion for that,” Lisa explains.”
She wanted to create something that was really beautiful and we thought it would fit in with our other natural light decor.
“It’s not the only time her mother has inspired her to decorating her home.”
My mother loves to paint, she has such a large collection of paintings,” Lisa points out.”
Our little boy likes to go to the library and paint all day long and we have a huge collection of books.
“As an artist, she really likes to show her paintings off to the world, and she paints really beautifully.”‘
Amber” fireplace design, from 1920s.
Photo courtesy Lisa Alcott