Friday, January 14, 2011

The Giant S'mores-Maker

Recently, my husband and I purchased our first home. Technically, the property was "move-in ready," but we made several alterations to personalize the space.  In our great room, the oversized fireplace is a focal point.  With original handiwork, circa 1980, the flagstone facade and wood-paneled walls felt a little lodgey for our taste.  To modernize, we ripped down the wood panels, slapped on a fresh coat of paint, stained the beams a deep espresso, ripped up the laminate, and mudded the fireplace, replacing the flagstone with copper-toned tiles.  We were able to accomplish a lot of the work ourselves, but for everything tile-related, by brother-in-law was a godsend.  Our new fireplace is a satisfying juxtaposition of modern and contemporary decor.

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