My Friday Night Debate About Fireplaces Bookcases and Decorating

So last Friday (at 4:00….yes FOUR O’CLOCK….you know right before checking out for the weekend) my client and I start casually talking about how we’re going to handle “decorating” the fireplace wall. I thought it would be quick, make a decision and move on in to the weekend. not so much…..

(SIDE NOTE: There’s a long story about this particular renovation……the short version is basically we were originally renovating to sell the home BUT now they’ve decided to stay for a while and enjoy the fruits of our labor!)

Soooooooo we weren’t really planning on a whole lot of furniture (only staging) but now we are fully furnishing everything……(I am BEYOND ecstatic)

I realized quickly we weren’t getting too far just DISCUSSING (and it was late remember), there had to be visuals. So I whipped up this mock-up using Power Point (yep, old school PP my friends…literally 2 minutes) to show him our options. Before the mock-up he was definitely thinking low cabinets but after seeing this sketch, he’s now open to other ideas.

YAY ME!!!!

High Low Cabinet

I thought it would be fun to hear what my friends had to say so I decided to post the photo and question on Facebook….and we got some really really great feedback!!! It was fun to read all of the comments, ideas and opinions. THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU GAVE FEEDBACK, we read every single post!!!

Here are the results so far:

64% Tall Cabinets

32% Low Cabinets

4% Neither

Facebook Post on fireplace and bookcases

A few said to do built-ins but unfortunately that’s not really an option. If you’ll notice the adjacent window in the BEFORE photo below….not enough space. And I really want to do something besides built-ins….everyone seems to have them these days.

BONUS TIP….when they do decide to sell, they can take the cabinets with them, built-ins would obviously have to stay!

Keeping Room - BEFORE

Here is a current AFTER photo below showing the height of the ceiling and the weight of the new fireplace. And new chandelier, trim, beams, floors… get the idea, lol!


Soooooooo……what would you do if this was your Keeping Room???? Would you go with the low cabinets or the high ones, or maybe neither and perhaps hang artwork. I’d love to hear from you, let me know in the comments or head over to my Facebook page and add to the conversation there.

I’ll keep you posted on the decision and I look forward to sharing many more after photos with you soon……so stay tuned!




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