I may have mentioned before that the fireplace is a large focal point in our home. Since the layout is so open from the kitchen, dining room and living room, it forces your eye to go directly to the living room back wall. A fireplace was on our "wish list" when house hunting, so we were thrilled that this home had one! However, we knew the ascetics of it could be vastly improved. So, we added that to the list :)

The fireplace was just blah.
We I knew I wanted ledge stone because I love the texture and all of the colors it can render. No one piece is the same in color or size. (It took some effort to convince Kyle, but he now agrees it was an excellent decision;)

Have you ever been to a tile store? It was completely overwhelming! Thankfully, my mother-in-law was familiar with the products and able to point us in the right direction. The floors and paint colors we choose were warm colors, but I do have a minor obsession with steel grey (a cool tone).  I wanted to find something that blended both, in order to bring it all together. TAADAH!

Each piece came in approximately one square foot, which made it a bit easier to install. However, cutting around each edge, lining up the corners and arranging the different pieces so the colors flow well is not an easy task. I will take ZERO credit for this. My brother spent 2 full days putting this together like a delicate piece of art.

We were so excited when the last piece was put on! (Just in time for Christmas decorations!)

It's prettier during the day with natural light, but I love looking at this each evening while relaxing on the couch. We did have our inaugural fire last week (we got smoked out once, but we learned our lesson!) Little beats snuggling on the couch in PJ's, drinking hot chocolate, watching Castle, and listening to the crackle in the fireplace.

(Kyle and my brother also constructed the mantel)

Before & After: 

The stone came from here: Anatolia Tile & Stone in "Beachwalk" (And yes, the picture on their webpage is the same product that we used. It helped reassure that it would look great:)


  1. Meredith, this looks great! You guys are really making this house your HOME! And I can empathize with a LOT that you guys are going through.... :)

    1. Melinda, we mentioned that the other day, remembering when you two moved to DC! I love seeing pictures of sweet Charlotte, looks like you three are having a blast together :)

  2. Beautiful - absolutely love the mantel and the pieces on it!

    1. Thanks, I'm loving Christmas decor so much, I may be lost when I don't have a holiday to decorate for!

  3. It really is beautiful! I am not sure if I should be reading it though... I am going to want to do it myself. You have great taste, I am a Castle lover too:-) Can't wait to see more.

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