So I was let in on a decorating secret by Katherine about Leisure Fabrics and was finally able to go. I got a ton of fabric and did a little makeover on our living room. Did I ever tell you we've been living here for five years with no curtains? So we took some advice from a couple of friends and their mothers and came up with this.
I love love love having a cushion along the whole hearth! We were tempted to make a cushion behind it (inside the fireplace) so the kids could use it as a reading nook, but we decided letting them play in the fireplace was a little weird. We do plan to get a screen to go in front that will mount on the brick, but haven't found anything big enough yet. It does feel a little bit more "homey". Now of course the dining room and office need more work.