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Do you ever wonder how the beautiful homes we feature get magazine ready? There are a few standard items every stylist shows up with to a shoot location: Fresh flowers, good-looking books and wood logs. Since it is the time of year to curl up in front a fire, I thought it was worth pointing out that firewood is a season-less item.

Photo Good Wood Andrea Mills White Room

Photographer Paul Massey’s beautiful white living room is a perfect example of using logs to fill the black void. The overall look of this room could easily be translated as winter or summer.

Photo Good Wood Andrea Mills Darryl Carter

I prefer them loaded up to the top but this Darryl Carter living room shows that it’s not necessary.

Photo Good Wood Andrea Mills Domino Cover

Fireplace or not, a tall stack of logs is a great space filler and breaks up an otherwise mostly white scheme.

Photo Good Wood Andrea Mills White Room Chair

A tidy pile adds a necessary organic element to this space.

Photo Good Wood Andrea Mills Tom Scheerer

A completely different application but further evidence of the trend: a log wall in a winter home designed by Tom Scheerer.

You can buy logs almost anywhere, including gas stations. The Home Depot and Rona are both retailers of certified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of Canada products so they are good places to stock up. Wherever you go, just keep an eye out for this FSC certified logo

Photo credits:
1. Paul Massey’s North London project in Living Etc
2. Darryl Carter
3. Domino cover, photography by Max Kim-Bee
4. Unknown source: Help! Does anyone know where this shot comes from? 
5. Tom Scheerer

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