Monday, November 16, 2015

Fireplace Inspiration

I wanted to keep this short and sweet today and just do a little fireplace inspiration. This weekend my fireplace stripped down naked. And I have never been more scared in my entire life. We have done a lot around this house and the projects always seem to come together, but this one has me anxious. One thing you need to know is that my living room is my least favorite room in the entire house. I don't even like hanging out in there. It's ugly, an awkward shape and I have no idea how to decorate it. Let me paint you a picture:

See all of those awkward door openings and weird walls? That's a thing. Right now the furniture is pushed all the way back to the wall, but its soooo far away from the fireplace. And unfortunately the tv has to go in the living room (god help me, I would throw it out if I could:p). The living room size is 20x12. I am stumped. And don't even get me started on what to put on the walls. I have never hated a space more in my life. I even thought of hiring an online stylist to give me some tips, but I didn't want to spend $400+. Having a room so long and skinny with so many doorways to work around is giving me chest pains. My potential design hopes and dreams might shrivel up and die right inside this hideous room. 

But that's enough drama for one day. 

I'll keep you updated with how the living room comes together (or doesn't). Instead of freaking out about the living room I'm going to freak out about our fireplace. Naked, remember? Here is a before picture of the space on closing day in April:

And here is a picture of it right now:

Hold me. I'm scared. 

We are planning to give it a face lift and add some lovely builtins to each side. Now for the fun part. The design inspiration:



Shiplap and marble and builtins oh my! The challenge we are facing is the fact that our fireplace is not built off the wall so the builtins wont look exactly like the inspiration photos. But we have seen it done both ways and feel confident enough to move forward. If there was ever a man for the job, its Justin. 

So that's our fireplace inspiration. I gotta say, I won't feel better until this room is completely done. Right now its all torn apart and I'm terrified. Who decided to take on such a huge project just weeks before the holidays? Oh yeah. That would be us. Send help. Or a therapist. 

Happy Monday!


  1. One day I searched pinterest for way too long just looking for fireplace inspiration sooooo I feel ya!! :) For the millions of doors, is there a lot of wall space between them? You could do some super cute gallery walls to make it feel more homey and snug in there maybe? Either way when you are done with it OBVIOUSLY post a picture so i can see!!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    1. I think Pinterest is a blessing and a curse! :p I actually found some great stuff to stick on the walls so far and it's kind of sort of coming together. I can't wait to share! Thanks for taking the time to comment! Xo


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