I am attaching pictures of the living room fireplace area in a home we recently bought and will start to remodel in 6 weeks. We are thinking of a low modern fireplace insert. We will place our flat screen 42" TV above this. The seating plan/space makes this the best placement. Two dilemmas: how to design a clean, contemporary look but have shelves or some design to fit all the extra electronics: cable box, DVD player, speakers, etc. I want the electronics to be very accessible: i.e. preferably not behind doors. The second dilemma is what materials to use. I am considering a modern 12"x24" tile or possibly Hardiboard or wood? We are creating a cathedral ceiling in this room and using modern furniture and new windows and oak flooring, etc. Our goal is an updated, modern, somewhat minimalist look throughout our home. Thank you for your ideas, questions and suggestions.