we just took out our modern fires surround to reveal the original chimney place – so searching for simple fireplace mantels. our journey took us to retrouvious – a reclamation and design source in west london. there are a lot of old school desks and architectural doors, but a lovely collection of tiles on show. its not cheap, but it seems that anything decent these days is pricey. looking for hearthstones took me to venice marble – a warehouse right next to wembley that houses lots and lots of pieces of stone and marbles – my favourite was the almost pure white marbles – also the most expensive, but if you are just looking for small pieces, there are always lots of off cuts that you can use.