Warming Up an Old Fireplace

Warming Up an Old Fireplace

In January 2014 Beauty and Function came together to solve a chilly problem in our Uxbridge Ontario Wilkins Design Home Gallery. 

Victorian fireplaces look beautiful. They add character to a room but, (as anyone with an unused Victorian fireplace will tell you), they can suck the heat out of a room as quickly as a central heating system can add it. 

Our very own chilly dining room led to a search for a beautiful and practical solution to our heat loss problem. The furnace does a terrific job of heating the house so a gas insert was unnecessary. Something a little different was called for. 

 2014 Fireplace Insert 

I couldn't be happier with the solution that Michael created! This is our beautiful custom-made & fitted steel insert. The design gives our Victorian fireplace a modern edge while it seals our heat in and the cold out.

Thanks Michael for your creativity and skill.

I Love You,

Lesley Wilkins 

Follow Us


The Wilkins Design Blog

2021 Uxbridge Studio Tour Weekend Is Almost Here!

Well, we may be masked and sanitized but we're back to hosting a live 'open doors' studio tour this year! For 2021 our home/studio will also be hosting 3 amazing guest artists - Jewelry Designer Jeannine Rosenberg, Aboriginal Fine Artist Donald Chrétien, and Ceramic Artist Ann Cummings. We hope you'll be joining us Sept 18 -19!!


Mike Wilkins, studio site 11 of the Uxbridge Studio Tour will be welcoming guests Sept 18 & 19 2012

We hope to see you this September!

Drop by to browse our one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural pieces. See some of our latest pieces here.

Latest Work


Happy Customers Speak Up!

  • Absolutely the most beautiful table we have ever owned. Fine craftsmanship and unique details. Friendly people, creative designs and made promptly to specific specifications. More than happy with the finished product. Thanks Mike and Lesley!
    - Christine D.