For those of you with a decorative mantelpiece, or just a nonfunctioning fireplace, you can still have a roaring fire without installing a chimney. Brand consultancy firm Partners & Spade has commissioned artist Ann Wood to create custom hearth paintings made to measure for your mantel with prices beginning at $1,500. Customers can specify the style of the andirons and mantel border, and even the color of the flames. Before you wait the estimated four to five weeks for completion, though, if you're in the NYC area, check out the real thing at the Partners & Spade outpost at 40 Great Jones Street. How 'bout that for throwing Wood on the fire?
To see a close-up of the painting,