I recently came across this design project that Michelle Morelan, designer and renderer extraordinaire, did for a couple in Toronto.
The clients had some general ideas of what they wanted to accomplish with the project, and Michelle created a plan to help them achieve their goals. The major objectives were to expand the space, replace all of the finishes, and to update the corner fireplace. Regarding the fireplace, Michelle said,
I am not a huge fan of corner fireplaces, but in this case, we decided to keep it; I designed the new fireplace surround with returns to the wall, and treated it with a drywall finish and paint to match the walls. It's a large piece in the room, but doesn't take up too much visual space. You can also enjoy it from the dining room with the wall removed.
The designer also specified a new fireplace insert with a herringbone brick pattern to add interest to the otherwise neutral space.
Changes for the rest of the space included adding wing chairs to the existing French country dining chairs and table, new side chairs in the living room that can be moved around for extra seating, and a wired niche on the adjacent sofa wall to hold the television. A few modern design classics were also added, which serve to both update and add to the overall warm and eclectic feeling of the room.
(Images: Michelle Morelan)