Denise McGaha Villanova

While we certainly don’t take our fireplaces for granted during the warmer months, we do tend to focus our attention on our mantels a bit more when the temperatures start to drop. Now that it seems that chillier days are here to stay, we went in search of inspiration for chic fireside spaces to help us prepare our own hearths. From Dallas, Texas-based Denise McGaha’s sophisticated hearthside design (featured above) to a restrained yet cozy-chic room done in all neutrals, here are 10 places that prove the best seat is next to the fire.

Circa

It’s hard to imagine a better spot to spend a chilly afternoon than this room by Cindy Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Circa Interiors featuring work by architect Ruard Velman and captured by Dustin Peck Photography for the October/November 2016 issue of Home Design & Décor Magazine.

Christopher Al

Birmingham, Alabama-based Christopher Architecture & Interiors layers on the texture while keeping to a neutral color palette—including the beautifully proportioned mantel—in their Indian Springs project. See more images of the gorgeous home here.

Greg Baudoin

A pleasant sense of symmetry and plenty of comfortable seating make this space by Memphis, Tennessee-based Greg Baudoin Interior Design feel classic yet approachable.

Sean Anderson

In a beautiful room captured by photographer Alyssa Rosenheck, Memphis-Tennessee’s Sean Anderson keeps things grounded with a pared-down color scheme while adding interest and elegance with a variety of textures and styles.

Collins & Sweezey

A detailed mantel draws the eye in this dreamy dining room by Dallas, Texas-based design firm Collins & Sweezey. See more of their elegant University Park project here.

Michael Aiduss Watermill

Northern New Jersey-based Michael Aiduss keeps things light and airy in a layered bedroom featuring a lovely marble mantel and lots of luxe touches.

Laurel Powell Interior Designs and Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

In a living space by Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Laurel Powell Architecture and Design, a clean-lined mantel takes center stage among shades of creamy neutrals.

Allison Paladino Interior Design and Collections

Eye-catching art and objects punctuate this fireside area by Palm Beach, Florida’s Allison Paladino Interior Design & Collections. Comfortable blue seating keeps the space cozy while infusing it with an oceanside vibe.

Stuart Nordin

Alexandria, Virginia-based Stuart Nordin Home & Design combines modern and traditional elements including a mantel with architectural details topped by monochromatic art in this stylish living area.