Sick of Brick

Sick of Brick

Lots of homes here in the boiling metropolis of Phoenix are equipped with fireplaces, for the same reason earth is equipped with Kim Kardashian —  to serve no useful purpose that I can deduce other than to look nice.  Is that also the case in Tennesee?  The fireplace thing?  Or are fireplaces a necessity there? 

I wouldn’t know, but what I do know is that while Tennesee dwellers Raney and her husband may or may not have needed a fireplace, they definitely needed more style in their living room. 

So they replaced the brick with stacked stone, installed a new firebox and a marble hearth and added a set of built-in bookcases to give the whole set-up some much needed width.  (Insert your own Kim Kardashian joke here.) connects neighbors
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  1. August 18, 2011 / 9:10 PM

    Looks so much better! They did a great job!

  2. August 18, 2011 / 9:11 PM

    The fireplace was beautifully done. I would’ve recommended that the bookcases be taken the full length of the wall, because of the dead space that is there now….Kind of like Kim K’s head, opps did I just say that?

  3. August 19, 2011 / 3:14 AM

    Wow that’s pretty…and speaking of pretty, I love your blog makeover. Very nice!

  4. August 19, 2011 / 12:58 PM

    you soooo crack me up!

  5. August 19, 2011 / 2:20 PM

    I love it! I just painted my brick fireplace and love it so much better after!

  6. August 19, 2011 / 2:27 PM

    Beautiful! And, naw, we actually get to use our fireplaces in the winter here in the southeast. We get SNOW! And COLD rain! YAY!

  7. August 19, 2011 / 4:33 PM

    I have a big brick fireplace just like this that I’ve no idea what to do with but I wouldn’t even know where to begin with this redo!

  8. Anonymous
    August 19, 2011 / 11:50 PM

    and if the fireplace isn’t enough for those August Phoenix nights, you can grab the blanket that is conveniently draped over the back of the arm chair.

  9. Anonymous
    August 20, 2011 / 3:32 AM

    Love this redo!!! Awesome job!!! As for Kim Kardashian!!! You crack me up!!! **MUMZY

  10. August 20, 2011 / 5:48 PM

    I would love those book cases in my living room! We opted out on the fireplace…Texas 🙂

  11. August 21, 2011 / 2:23 AM

    I’ve been desperately wanting to update our old ill-proportioned brick fireplace and flank it with built-in shelving. This project is an inspiration. It looks great!

  12. August 21, 2011 / 11:03 PM


  13. July 25, 2012 / 8:58 PM

    Just came across this and it’s beautiful. Looks similiar to my family room that I am looking to re-do. Love the stacked stone and bookcases on the side.

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