How To Finish Area around Wood Stove?

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0809_gq01.jpg Q: I recently purchased a new home with my husband and we want to put in a wood-burning stove to heat the house. My husband wants to tile around the stove on the floor and the walls to protect the area since it'll be running hot most of the winter. Any ideas (or sources) as to how to make this look good?

Sent by Sarah.

Editor: Sarah, What first comes to mind Johnny Williams' archived Woodwise column here at Apartment Therapy. He installed a wood-burning stove with a herringbone brick hearth.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.