Don’t be afraid to work off of a picture. I am serious. This picture above played a huge role in getting my dad focused on what I was trying to accomplish. Without it, I swear we would have never gotten started. The picture above shows the brick hearth completely exposed however, we opted to cover the front of ours with wood. You can see below how we started with our frame across the bottom.
We essentially stole ideas from many inspiration pictures. What I love about the fireplace below is the mantle. The simple crown molding that is recessed from the wall is beautiful.