Several of you asked me to share more about living in the old rectory (manse or parsonage) for a short time when I was a child. Click here for the original post. As you walked into the Living Room from the grand hall, on the right in the corner, was The Fireplace! It was stucco with a huge custom-made copper shroud or hood, very similar to the top photo (of course, this isn't the actual one). Within a few days my dad cleaned it back to its original coppery shine. Then the most enchanting thing happened the first time we burned wood in the fireplace. As the copper heated up, it began turning shades of deep blue, teal and green! It may have been due to the cleaning product he used, but it was fascinating to watch. The copper was no longer a cold, inanimate metal object, but a warm, responsive, living piece of art. That began my adoration of copper. Anyone else have "a thing" for copper? Do you have it in your home? I included photos of other FAB copper hoods. In the mosaic, I am smitten by the fireplace in the top right corner of the mosaic.