The Fireplace Reveal!!

March 9, 2011 at 3:22 am | Posted in fireplace, living room | 36 Comments
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The fireplace was the most excited I have gotten over all the projects we’ve worked on since we moved into our house last year, it was also the one I couldn’t wait to finish!  I’ve talked about it before but the previous owners sorta have me perplexed, they spent lots of money on certain things (the appliances, thank you) and spent virtually nothing on other things (the fireplace and masterbath).  I think this was the reason some people were put off by the house because of the things that weren’t finished but as an interior designer I liked it because it meant I could do whatever I wanted!  (well…almost!)

Here is how the fireplace started.

Not even a cheesy mantel a total blank slate.


I’m not quite sure if I have a specific style, I really appreciate everything but I think my direction with this house and the others I’ve done is that I let the house tell me what it wants.  I know that sounds crazy, but I think design happens over time and I think a house gives off a feeling. My house is new but it’s not cookie cutter and I wanted the fireplace to look both polished and  rock and rock and roll.  I wanted the elements of smooth and rough to play together.

Here is a rough (very rough) sketch of what I had in mind.




The boxes have been framed and the paneling started and the mesh attached to make a good bond with the stone.


(The stone applied and set over night and the inner part of the mantle installed)


(The trim has been attached around the window seats and upper part of the paneling, this matches the trim throughout the house.)


Here is the finished but undressed fireplace.  I think our contractor did an excellent job!!


From this point I got to take over and decorate the wall and fireplace.  I wanted to warm it up and be different so I chose to use both symmetrical (the lamps) and asymmetrical (the middle vignette) design when putting it together.  Ready for the reveal?



The blinds bring more texture to the space and makes it feel more cozy and that’s always what I am aiming for when designing a space.  I’d like to have some cushions made for the window seats but I need to find just the right fabric before that happens.  (Never rush design!)

So that’s the fireplace, it took almost a year to get finished but it was well worth the wait!!


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  1. Wow, it is beautiful. Great job as always.

  2. that looks amazing! i like that you only did the stone half way up, so it’s still looking modern and sleek. gorgeous! love that rug, too!

    • Thank you!! Truth be told the rug was a major bargain from Menards, we have a dog who doesn’t make it worth it to spend a lot of money on a rug!!

  3. saw you on My Crafty Weekend- what a super beautiful fireplace! You did a fabulous job bringing your vision to life! 😀

  4. That is amazing! My mother in law has a really ugly mantel. I will have to show her yours. Maybe we can get her to make it look amazing like yours! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  5. It turned out beautiful! Well worth the wait 🙂

  6. What a transformation. Love your coffee table and everything on it!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. check it out

  7. looks so warm nd cosy

  8. Wow! That looks great! My husband used similar stones on our outdoor kitchen. Visiting from Skip to my Lou.

  9. Wowzie! What a significant transformation! Went from ho hum to BAM! Great job.

  10. Neat!! I especially liked the mirror, tops it all! And the stones!

  11. Thanks for linking up! I’ll be featuring this idea on my blog on Saturday!


  12. I LOVE it!!!! I love stone fireplaces and I think this is a beautiful transformation from what it was. You really brought it to life too with the decorating. Congrats on having a beautiful home. Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

  13. Definitely worth the wait. I am a huge fan of that stone treatment. Thank you for sharing this on Motivated Monday at Becollorful.

  14. Wow, this is fantastic. I love brick fireplaces. Hope to see you over at My Dream Canvas.

  15. I love the rock fireplace and the decor. Looks like it should have already been there.

    • That’s the best compliment i’ve gotten! Thanks Shaunda!!

  16. MUCH better mantel – what a transformation – love it 😉

  17. Gorgeous – I am amazed the previous owners left it that way, but your update just makes the room! Great job – found you through the SuCasa posting 🙂

    • Trust me I’m amazed too, and they lived with it that way for 4 years! Blech! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  18. That natural stone work is stunning.

    Thanks for sharing this with my readers at Creative Juice Thursday!


  19. I love your fireplace. It is the perfect balance between the earthly and the clean lines of the contemporary. So perfect for any style home.
    My fireplace is kind of like yours before the transformation. I have no idea how to change it myself and I can’t afford to hire someone to do the work. My solution so far is painting it a different color than the rest of the walls and put a shelf on it. Not good, but it’s good for now. I’m considering tiling the wall now, it is just about finding out how to do it and then working up the courage to do it.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks Marianne for the sweet comment! Good luck on designing your fireplace! I’m sure it will turn out great!!

  20. So gorgeous!!! Thank you for linking up to my party!

  21. That looks beautiful! Amazing job! Thanks for linking up!

  22. I came over from Momma’s Kinda Crafty. I love the stacked stone. I really want to do this on my basement fireplace. Now to convince my husband.

  23. The fireplace looks so warm and inviting now! Great job.

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  24. Wow, it looks beautiful! I really love the stone that you used to bring that natural element into the home…it’s lovely! What a fabulous improvement!

    Tnx so much for linking this up at my party this weekend! 🙂

  25. Looks great! Saw you on tater tots and jello.

  26. Wow – it’s gorgeous! Great transformation! I love the stone and how everything came together. Beautiful focal point. Thank you so much for sharing in the DIY project parade. 😉

  27. What an amazing transformation! It looks so much more inviting now. Great vision! Thanks for linking up to my blog! 🙂

  28. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  29. That is absolutely amazing. What a gorgeous transformation!

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