1. Hand-woven from pure wool, Surya’s Berkley collection area rugs sport subtle texture variations that pack a disarming style punch. 5-by-8-foot rug, $569. Floor Covering Brokers, Traverse City. 800-946-3661, floorcoveringbrokers.com.

2. Natural Thin Veneer by Buechel Stone is real stone but with a slimmer profile that allows for easier installation. Cherryland Cut Stone, Traverse City. 231-947-6096, cherrylandcutstone.com.

3. The Catherine’s simplified wingback lines demand a seat at the hearth. Dress this transitional beauty in any fabric – from modern to traditional – and she’ll strut your style. $1,850 plus fabric. Ciao Bella! Garden & Home, Petoskey. 231-487-0623.

4. Lopi Leyden pellet stoves fire up with clean-burning chunks of compressed sawdust that would otherwise be poured into a landfill. At 45,000 BTU’s, the Leyden can warm a house. Enamel finish (shown here) $3,100. For local dealers, lopifire.com.

5. What’s black and white and red all over? A log rolled from newspapers burning in your fireplace. Now that’s recycling – no joke. Find the Newspaper Log Roller at Northline Express in Roscommon. $39.90. 866-667-8454, northlineexpress.com.

What is a Rumford fireplace?

Rumford fireplaces were developed in the 18th century by Sir Benjamin Thompson, a Massachusetts-born physicist who devoted his career to the nature of heat. By the time Sir Benjamin had designed the most efficient and comfortable fireplace of its time, he’d been named the Bavarian Count of the Holy Roman Empire – Count Rumford for short. The count determined that a shallow firebox and a streamlined flue were the best ways to reflect heat into the room and pull the smoke out of it.

By the end of the 18th century, the slim, elegant and efficient fireplaces were widely used – including at Monticello, where Thomas Jefferson had them built. More than two centuries later, the count’s design is still marketed and valued for its efficiency. (Source: Jim Buckley, Rumford.com)

Warming up to pellet stovesTry these pellet stoves to warm your home.

ClassicThe Mt. Vernon by Quadra-Fire.
From $2,999. For local dealers, quadrafire.com

StreamlinedHarman Stove Company’s P61A.
From $2,931. For local dealers, harmanstoves.com

Old-fashionedParlour 3000 by Thelin. From $2,795. For local dealers, thelinco.com

Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.lissa@traversemagazine.com

Note: This article was originally published in November 2007 and was updated for the web February 2008.