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Why a full home is the best home: meet Cassie Nicholas, winner of BBC Interior Design Masters

vintage antique kitchen furniture

Winner of Interior Design Masters, Cassie Nicholas’ skilled eye for weaving characterful vintage references into her design scapes – whether period or modern – was at play throughout the competition. Eager to learn more about how she tackled the winning commission, the impressive Jin Bar in Shepherd’s Bush, we asked Cassie to unpack her vision and approach.

The Seven Most Beautiful Antique Fireplaces on Vinterior

Fireplaces have become a celebrated feature in many homes. There is much scope for experimenting with different ways to use – or decorate! – a fireplace. Whilst nothing is better in the throes of winter than curling up in front of a warming fire, they also provide a scope for creativity throughout the rest of the year. Fill the hearth with candles for a contemporary look (or if you’re not too confident at building fires just yet). Alternatively fill them with houseplants or a vase of flowers for something more summery. Some are lucky to already have beautiful antique fireplaces still in place in their homes. Others of us are on a reclamation mission to re-install all those wonderful historical features we ripped out in the 1970s in the name of modernity! Many fire surrounds can be fitted with ease around existing hearths but even a brand new fireplace can be installed if you’re keen to use it as a centrepiece. Enjoy some of the most beautiful antique fire surrounds on Vinterior below and get inspired!

  1. Large Restored Antique Victorian Cast Iron And Tiled Fireplace Grate

2. Edwardian Wooden Fire Surround

3. Antique Tiled Art Nouveau Combination Fireplace


4. Antique Victorian Rouge Royal Marble Fireplace Surround


5. Victorian Statutory Marble Surround

6. Antique Hand Carved Pine Surround

7. Antique Victorian Tiled Fireplace Insert

If you have a fire surround but feel like giving it a new look, Vinterior also has a selection of beautiful antique tiles! View them all here.

Feeling inspired? Click here to browse through the full collection of antique fire surrounds and accessories.

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