A sprawling red brick fireplace wall defined this contemporary living room

A sprawling brick fireplace wall defined this contemporary living room (1950s)
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In this contemporary home from the early 1950s, the beautiful red brick fireplace wall extended all the way beyond the cypress wood paneling on the high vaulted ceiling, and out over the lofty gabled slopes of the roof itself.

But the red brick was for more than just creating the fireplace — it covered walls on two sides of the living room, well beyond the confines of the fireplace and hearth.

The living room offered a glowing, friendly enclosure for furnishings as varied as a gothic wood carving, Georgian andirons, antique lamps, tropical foliage, as well as modern furniture and paintings. (You can see a similar 21st-century version of the wood accent table with black hairpin legs here.)

In terms of color, the permanent room decor didn’t stray too far beyond the warm reddish-pinks and browns of brick and cypress.

Even the flooring — stylish natural woven jute rug or seagrass carpet squares — stayed within that scheme.

The few exceptions were the plants and green floor pillows, with green being a perfectly realistic counterpoint for the natural and neutral decor. 

A sprawling brick fireplace wall defined this contemporary living room (1950s)
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