This is my townhouse. This is the downstairs. I plan on replacing the gray slate around the fireplace with the rock (or something similar) that is placed above the mantel. Should I just replace the slate or should I take the rock above the mantel up the steps of the fireplace? My worry: too busy next to the Sid Dickens Block in the stairway and too busy next to the way too busy kitchen granite and backsplash. I've been agonizing over the granite and backsplash for the past 6 years and think about replacing the the backsplash on a weekly basis. But, I guess that is another post.
Anyway, fire away! All comments, criticisms, and ideas are welcome and very much appreciated.