We started with choosing fabrics for the dining room chairs and living room sectional, and then we added a new swivel chair and rug! Throughout the process the client was telling me about how she loved to sit on the sofa or chair and look at the fire, but didn't enjoy seeing all that brick. So we started down the path of choosing tile for a new fireplace surround, and then I asked how often they made a fire, which turned out to be "not often". One thing led to another, as these things usually do, and I realized that if it were a gas fireplace they would probably enjoy it much more often!
Now, I love a natural fire, crackling logs and all. However often due to age of the person making the fire (how much can they / do they want to shlep wood) or the time needed, or the hassle involved, a natural fireplace often goes unused. There is also the ongoing conversation about wood burning fires vs gas and how they affect air quality... Ultimately the decision is a personal one, but that doesn't mean you have to live with a surround you just don't like!
For style and color of the tile, we decided to choose something that would go with everything and be easy for the next homeowner to work with as well.
Here is the BEFORE:
Here's a little tile detail...
(still finishing up the trim around the fireplace)
Our client is thrilled with the changes, and definitely finds herself using and enjoying her family room more than ever! Ironically we don't have an "after" picture of the dining room chairs, but as you can imagine they turned out pretty fabulous!
So what do you think? Are you considering a fresh look for spring? We have a whole slew of new fabrics and would love to help you make the most of your space too!