Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fireplace Happenings

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.
Welcome Home,


  1. Hi Penny...love your inspiration picture for the future fireplace...It is so French!!
    And I noticed you have really really high ceilings and I saw the ceiling fan in the picture....I don't remember if you stopped by and saw my post last month about our two story hanging fan that fell right from the ceiling.....Not installed improperly....The cast iron "ball and socket" bracket that the big long pole hung from broke in two pieces and the fan fell breaking the wires out of the ceiling....It could have killed someone...probably weighed 50 pounds or more.....So if you don't know the age of the fan I would think about replacing it....Just a heads up....

  2. Hi Penny,
    Can't wait to see it done. Love the inspiration fireplace!

  3. Penny,
    Looking forward to seeing this completed. The inspiration photo is oh so nice. Love the vaulted ceilings in your new place. What fun to be in the midst of all this creative energy! Good luck with your project. Thanks for sharing the progress. ~ Sarah

  4. Oh i love your style girl! This house is going to rock!

  5. OMGosh, Penny...you are getting to add all the things that you love!!
    This fireplace is so beautiful, I don't know what to do....You are blessed, girl!!!

  6. Wow - What a beautiful fireplace! I can totally see something like that in your livingroom. Thanks for the update!

  7. beautiful
    (but i'm still chanting:
    mosaic! mosaic! mosaic!)


  8. Hi Penny! Oh, this is going to be just wonderful! Can't wait to see it.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. You have incredibly wonderful taste, Penny. I can't wait to see the completed fireplace!!


  10. This is soooooo interesting. You have the inspiration; you have the worker-bees to put the ideas in place; most of all and best of all you have the determination and will to make it all come together.

  11. Hi Penny
    We are back from a long vacation in the wonderful wild West amd I see that youve been busy! Your inspiration photo is so elegant --how beautful it will look when completed. Can't wait to see photos!
    Xo Pat

  12. It's going to be gorgeous! I love the chairs in your inspiration photo! ☺ Diane

  13. Wow Penny, this is going to be gorgeous. I just can't wait to see all these finishings and your furniture inside. How spectacular it will be.


  14. This is going to be beautiful!!! I love the look you are going for. The mantle will be gorgeous!
    Can't wait to see the finished project. Love & blessings from NC!

  15. Very pretty Penny. Cant wait to see the final look.

  16. Ooh, Penny. I am so loving this. It is going to be spectacular.

  17. WOW! It is just going to be beautiful, that's putting it lightly. I'm having fun watching all the lovely things your doing to your new home.

  18. Glad to see the house is coming around to your impeccable taste. I have a lot of catching up to do on your progress-- the Book has kept me so busy that I've barely had a sec to post and even less to read my fave blogs!

  19. Hi to Bill! I guess that was for a tv over the fp. I like your inspiration picture - that's what I think of when I thing French Country. You guys are doing so much work! I don't know how you keep track of it all!


  20. Hi Penny,

    Your fireplace is going to be so pretty! I can't wait to see it when it is finished!


  21. Penny, that is going to be beautiful. I can't wait to see it finished. You should take film for HGTV. This makeover is going to ROCK!

    I have had company since Monday and visiting has been cut way back. They will be going home tomorrow. Keep up th good work, just don't work too hard.


  22. Needless to say, I love this French chimney design!

    You will have a magnificent room when completed Penny. Then, when en France next Spring, you will be searching for those little extras to showcase in this wonderful space. Take an extra suitcase for sure!!!!

  23. Have I mentioned lately how much I lOVE following the progress on your gorgeous home? Your so awesome to share it with us Penny! Thanks! Kim

  24. I can already envision how lovely your fireplace is going to look!! I can't wait to see it once it's all finished! Just in time for the cooler season! Sending hugs and hot apple cider your way!
    :-) Shelley

  25. Lovely idea Penny and I know it will be gorgeous when you are done. Will you be entertaining the North Carolina Blogging Contingent??


  26. You are so creative. I love reading about all of your projects. I am a Realtor and rarely get to see the after pictures of homes I sell.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and you comments on my infant staged blog.


  27. Your fireplace is going to be amazing when it is done! Hope your so happy in your new home, it will be worth all the pain in the end, and you will make it all so beautiful.
    Love your posts, so enjoyable!!!

  28. Penny, I love the direction you are going in your new home. I know you are having a ball. It is such a creative outlet to create a beautiful living enviroment. There is nothing I love more. Wish I had a new project.

  29. What a beautiful inspiration picture! I know your fireplace will be fabulous!

  30. Its gonna be so gorgeous I know that you are excited!