This is what we should do with the fireplace in the family room.  But I want to know what they do with the dvd player and game system....  tropical living room by Dana Nichols

Living room - beach-style - Living Room - Orange County - Dana Nichols - Like the stone (not rounded outwards), no TV allowed above the mantle :)

mix Mediterranean Mission style living room wood chairs with red leather comforters wooden center table with glass top animal head ornament traditional area rug modern fireplace of Mission Style Decorating, A Way to Capture Beauty and Warmth to Your Home

timbered great room - contemporary - living room - other metro - Design Works Architecture

East wall or South wall? With local briar hill stacked stone--straight up, no mantle ledge, then a mantle made of a re-purposed beam?

I like many things about this fireplace, the stacked stone, its color, the full width mantle and hearth stones. I would probably prefer black stone for the mantle an hearth and a raised hearth or one flush with the floor.