You all remember the original fireplace in my great room? The cabinets surrounding it were really cheap kitchen cabinets and were too small for the two story room. There was black ceramic tile surrounding the fireplace box. Click on any picture to enlarge for detail.
This is what the fireplace looks like now....Say "hi" to Bill, our contractor. He is doing all of the tear out and some of the rebuilding. Both the first picture and the one directly below were taken from the upstairs loft. Bill is building a faux fireplace chase.
The picture below is my inspiration picture. I don't want to duplicate it completely, but get the feeling of it. I found this picture in one of my favorite Country French decorating books.
I love the limestone surrounding the fireplace. I will use travertine tile instead. I love the crown molding type mantel with the corbels. Mr. Comforts of Home will build that for me. Right now we are building a fireplace chase. It is actually a faux chase, but it will give the idea of one like my inspiration picture.
A lot of other things are happening around the house....I will post more in a day or so.