I am exploring the different options for a client of mine for replacing her fireplace. My favorite of all fireplace options, for her place, so far is today's... cast stone. This is also what Janie was leaning toward to begin with.
A cast stone fireplace would be a fantastic look for Janie's place. At first I was looking at some with over mantles- but quickly decided that they were "too much" for her room. I really like the herringbone brick like the photo below for the firebox. I also love that style- it reminds me of a traditional Brownstone in New York City. (like the photo below)
I would use a good size (but not too big) fireplace, and finish the rest off with drywall. Above the fireplace is a perfect place to hang a piece of art, but it could also be a good location for a flat screen TV. This would allow us to sell their very nice large entertainment center on craigslist, and have more room for upholstery pieces, etc,- really giving us a lot of options for decorating the room, and increasing their usable space.
BTW- don't forget to vote for Nancy's sink selection- see this post- and vote on the side column. Thanks!