Imagine you've just purchased your dream home. Only it's not the home that's the dream but the property it sits on. Now you must find an inexpensive (like free) way to make your fireplace wall bearable as it turns out them dreams ain't free and you just purchased the aforementioned dream home.
Problem statement: huge wall size monstrosity of micah filled rock - picture sparkly, shiny. Two arched cut-outs backed with mirrors for nicknaks. (Sigh) fake brick lines said cut outs as well as the fireplace cutout as well as the whole beast itself. This isn't the good stuff that found it's way to this side of the pond on merchant ships, oh no....
I've attached 3 pics including one from the second level from beyond the fireplace to give a better idea of the room itself. Pease use the furnishings as directional style. We just moved in and don't even have our belongings unpacked yet so give a girl a break on the decor (though suggestions always welcome!) you can get a feel for our style - the Atlantic sign and bookshelf shown in alternate view are two of my favs.
My thought was paint a tan/khaki color, and find a mantel on the cheap somewhere to break up the monstrosity of it all. Important note - we are installing a little wood stove that will sit partly in the fireplace itself. (Not out into the room)
Your suggestions are so very welcome and so very needed! Pictures of the house to come at a later date because boy do we need help!