While we have a fireplace, it doesn't get much use because of wood-burning restrictions related to air quality. I do love the fireplace as a focal point, though. Even in our relatively mild climate, I'm not sure I'd buy a house without one, if only for the ambiance.
With that in mind, I rounded up pictures of some of the loveliest mantels I could find. If you don't have one at home, I hope this warms you up.
There's a lot going here, but it doesn't seem too busy:
|Lonny via Angie Helm Interiors|
|T magazine via A Lovely Being|
|Domino: The Book of Decorating|
|La Belle Juliette|
|The Blue Room|