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Fireless fireplaces

When I wrote about Linda Summerfield Crispell’s home in Highland Park, I mentioned that she hates to see an empty fireplace in the summer. Her solution: A colorful collection of salvaged croquet and billiard balls.
Linda says she doesn't like the sight of an empty fireplace in the summer. Croquet, anyone?
Linda says she doesn’t like the sight of an empty fireplace in the summer. Croquet, anyone?

We love it! You did too. But you also had some other suggestions for cool looks for this hot spot.

My friend Libby O’Dell not only suggested a fireplace candelabra, but she also sent us a picture of a lovely one from fireplacemall.com. It’s called the Spandrels Fireplace Candelabra. What do you think???

Spandrels Fireplace Candelabra from fireplacemall.com

Spandrels Fireplace Candelabra from fireplacemall.com

I like!!! (And it’s on sale now for $124.95. Several other designs are available too.)
And then, Maureen Hart suggested a beautiful vase full of blooms. From your garden or the farmers market — I’m all for it. One big-statement-of-an-arrangement. Or a lineup of several simple and bright buds. Or a big houseplant or a blooming plant. . . Here’s my stab at this idea:
Gerbera daisies from Domincks. Beautiful fireplace from my dear friend Joanie Goldberg.

Gerbera daisies from Domincks. Beautiful fireplace from my dear friend Joanie Goldberg.

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Got other ideas??? Let me know!

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What’s inside this Highland Park home where birds always greet you and billiard balls bloom among greenery?

 knock crispell welcome
Knock, knock . . .
Who’s there? Collage artist Linda Summerfield Crispell and Gar Crispell and their beauteous offspring, the lovely Lulu (her nom de Web), and her delightful bro, Deke (ditto on the alias). Oh, and I must not forget their ever-obedient Mssr. Buddy.

knock crispell exterior

Putting on a stoic front:  The Crispells’ ivory-colored home with red-brick chimney of a spine and neat, black shutters tell only part of the story that unfolds inside. That part of the story is about strong foundations and handsome and serene backdrops to a colorful life filled with rich tales, creativity, collections (yes, the collections which, more than the house’s face, drew me to this house) and a lot of love.
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