Built-in shelving around a fireplace doesn't have to be cumbersome! These small accent pieces add the storage you need but don't overpower the space. | C&M Home Builders, Eau Claire, Wis.
Ledge Stone Fireplaces Design
Totally aside from the lovely mantle and autumn home decor, the look of built-in cabinet/bookcase on either side of the fireplace with a crisp matching mantle is wonderful. In any season, it will be a seasonal decorating focal point!
Interior Rock Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel and Decor
The Laffler Home -
stacking stone fireplace
stacked stone fireplace with rustic wood mantle. would have less space between mantle and opening though.