So, the fireplace continues to be top of mind! It is really the main focal point of our living room and the first thing you see when you walk in the door, so it matters.
Last we “talked,” I was debating the surround – planking and stone and brick. I had so many great ideas and insights and I appreciate all the comments.
And now, I think we’ve finally agreed on a combination that works for our home and feels pretty classic.
First up – what it looks like right now. As in, I just took this picture of the room under construction.
And here’s my Frankenstein-ed design of the fireplace. (See the inspiration elements below in their non-doctored entirety.)
I didn’t really want to use stone to the ceiling. Both because stone is more expensive and also “heavier” visually. I wanted to brighten it up a bit. So it’s the perfect spot for some white woodwork. This planked fireplace from The Lettered Cottage is the inspiration.
Instead of a traditional mantel, we are going with a barn wood beam upcycled from our barn. It will give some nice contrast and pull in some wood tones.
The raised hearth will be finished with concrete. It’s durable, neutral and safe around the fireplace. We plan to seal it to make it easier to clean.
Below the seat is open storage – perfect for wood storage in the middle and baskets on the side (which will be great for hiding kindling and matches).
What do you think of my (horribly Frankensteined) version of the fireplace? I think it’s going to look wonderful in the space! And I think it will be a lovely first impression!