Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Hearth of the Home

My laptop has crashed...again...total blue screen, which I hear is bad...again. This has seriously stifled my ability to blog since almost all my photos are on my laptop. I was all set for an entire post about things that make me grouchy (inspired by my laptop crashing) but I have bigger fish to fry: I have to decide what to do with my fireplace, today if at all possible. Since I got all the pictures online, my inability to use my laptop wasn't an issue for this.

This is my fireplace as it currently is. Not a great picture, but you get the idea. (This is not my furniture, BTW.)




Do you favor something conservative and pretty like this:





Or this:





Or do I go full wall dramatic like this:






Gorgeous, huh?! This last one is actually my favorite, and I think I'd like it better without the light stone right under the mantle, and I wouldn't have the hearth part in front. Imagine the walls are a perfect shade of brown-gray taupe (Glidden Soft Suede) and the floors are a rich dark brown hard wood(so dark they're almost black-they're called Black Tulip, in fact).


Care to share your opinion? If you have a pic of another fabulous fireplace, post a link in the comments please.

14 comments:

Christy said...

Personally, I like the first one. But, I can see great potential with the 3rd. Especially with those built in nooks on each side. I'm assuming there is another one on the other side even though it isn't pictured.

Gardner Family said...

I would say the 2nd or 3rd but I can definitely see what you are saying to add a darker stone which would look amazing with Black Tulip hardwood floors. The exact floors I want in my home when we get it bought...hopefully sometime soon! Or even a white or cream stone would look amazing with the dark wood floors. Also depends on the the color of the walls but if you are going with the suede color I would stick with darker stones. I like the 2nd picture only if the stone inset and on the floor was not black. Too much of a contrast for me. I would go with a multi-colored small stone. I will have to find a picture to show you what I mean. Either way GOOD LUCK!!

Brooke said...

I love the rock! Ours is rock with just a "floating" mantel and I love it. Mine is not quite as grand as the one you pictured but you get the idea. I put 2 links below that have pics of it in the posts. Not the greatest pics though. That is exciting for you! We put in really dark floors as well, not quite black but still dark. Just be prepared for them to almost never look clean when the sun shines on them! :)

http://eandbsanders.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-eve-celebration.html

http://eandbsanders.blogspot.com/2008/12/now-it-really-is-beginning-to-look-lot.html

- lola jae said...

#3 definitely. i'm for a simplified mantle tho... did you change the paint color???

Julie said...

I like the third one as well. I think maybe white paint on the mantel would look pretty with the dark floors. Especially with some white crown moulding at the top.

Pepple Family said...

I say #3 too. Although I like 2, as well. Although the stone is gorgeous, I think you might find it dated in a few year or it could be limiting if you want to change your decor a few years from now. A mantle or even paint is easy to change, but have you ever ripped off a rock wall. NOT FUN! Good luck!

Staci Kramer said...

The stone fireplace is amazing. I agree on nixing the light stone. Its totally you. Those first ones are cute but the third is in a whole different league of decor. It will make a dramatic statement but will still be inviting and comfortable.

Quin's momma said...

I'm with Amber about the stone wall. I think it's really pretty, but not quite functional in my opinion. I also think I'd get really tired of it. My mom's (and therefor mine) fireplace is brick, and I find it to be quite limiting.

Angela said...

I would go with one of the first two. I like the first one the most but it sounds like the second would compliment your flooring. I do like the statement that the third one makes; HOWEVER, both of our houses have had rock fireplace and they are a pain in the butt. Not versatile at all if you redesign your space plus they get dusty easily and are HARD TO CLEAN well! I would never buy a house with a rock fireplace again. Plus when you clean out the fireplace ashes are bound to get on the grout and rock.....never to look the same again! Just my opinion being the unhappy owner of a giant rock fireplace!!

Angela said...

I am on the phone with Shan and we decided the first one is the one. It has enough black speckling in the marble/granite to compliment the floors but still stand out. It also has a hearth to catch the sparks when the fire pops or ashes when you are cleaning it out!

Brenda said...

Oh silly Angela! Arizona is the land of the GAS fireplace. No sparks flying out, no ashes to clean up, just a nice crackling fire in the fireplace, and when you're done, you flip the switch! It's magical... ;)

Jeremy said...

I like #3, for any one who like sthe older fashion look. It also has a more home feeling to it. The other two look like they belong in a condo not a home.

Angela said...

Craziness those "flip the switch" fireplaces! My sister had one in her house in Owasso so I know they have them here too BUT I didn't know how new the house was! Could you send a "flip the switch" guru to Oklahoma after you get back there?

Lauri said...

I like the last one best. It looks a lot like Patti's in her new house in Bartlesville.