Diy Faux Fireplace-closeup of the firebox with a white wood hearth. This would solve my problem of lack of a hearth and not wanting to mess up our gorgeous wood floors in case we were to ever remove the mantel.
Idea for my dark cherry portable FP (looks real -uses gel fuel) - Place framed painting in the firebox & add lights. My friend Frances' whimsical Kitty Buddha - deep Blues & gold - would be stunning. Mona'd be classic w/warm dark tones.