Extreme Fireplace Makeover

While I'm away from the blog {returning April 9th} I've scheduled a few post re-runs.  This is one of my all time favorite transformations.  It was recently featured at The Inspired Room as one of the Top Four Most Popular Room Tours {thanks Melissa}.   

Upgrading the fireplace in this open concept floorplan completely changed the feeling of the entire home.  The addition of bookcases, a chunky flatscreen tv frame, a custom  mantle and new stacked stone fireplace surround, this home was transformed from builder grade to custom with character.

Here it is...

Recently, I was given the opportunity to work with a beautiful family in their gorgeous home on a complete re-design of their two story great room.  The space was beautiful to start with.  However, it  wasn't conducive to the young family that lives there. 



   They wanted a room that's warm, inviting and casual.  A space that beckons friends, family and pets to cozy up on the couch for movies and intimate conversions.
A room that is both beautiful and livable.

My clients words were; "I want a room that the whole family wants to be in, together, at the same time".

To accomplish this, we started with comfortable new furnishings and a fresh wall color.   The next items on the agenda were a custom built-in bookcase,  new fireplace surround and ginormous (70 inch) flatscreen TV.


We are about halfway finished, still waiting on furniture delivery.
Stay tuned to see more of this makeover as it's completed.
Thank you, Mark and Heidi,  for allowing me to invade inviting me into your home.

For information on my affordable design services, please click here.  

Carpentry by S.A.G Builders.   Painting by Piero Ventimiglia.
Paint color "Fawn Brindle" by Sherwin Williams.

**Out of courtesy to my client, I am unable to share specific product sources.  Thank you for understanding.


  1. I love it all but especially the accessories!

  2. Such an amazing transformation, Sarah! The new built-in bookcases are beautiful and accessorized fabulously! And, I love how the wall color brings out the grey bricks, too. I know your clients are thrilled. *Becca*


  3. Beautiful!!! I'm re-doing my fireplace, too. What stone did you use for the fireplace?

  4. Hi there

    I was wondering if you could tell me how far your bookcases extend out from the wall. My fiance and I are trying to build something very similar flanking our fireplace and are having a hard time figuring it out. He is driving me crazy and I really don't have a clue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much


  5. We have a similar arrangement in our family room, but I've yet to figure out how to hide the tech toys (cable box, blue ray, etc). Where is theirs and if it is underneath, I trust you need to leave a door open to operate?

  6. what did you do to change the color of the brick?


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