So, you can see why we want to change it's appearance. Granted this picture was from the day we moved in so our stuff it piled on top - but you get the idea. Oddly shaped fireplace + pink tile = ugly. We (well, Marco) are going to frame it out and add shelves on the sides to look like this:
Add a nice mantle, some new tile and a granite slab and we are in business! Oh, and I can FINALLY hang up the mirror I picked up in Baltimore - which seems like ages ago. delightful.