We love the fireplace walls! This submission also re-used our furniture which was great! But we didn't really gain a lot from what we have now in terms of additional conversational seating in the main area, and we lost our desk area. However, the layout was a great idea for opening up the room and allowing a larger dining room table, and we are using this layout as a temporary layout while we piece together our final room. The space already feels so much bigger! Thank you! And we plan to treat the fireplace walls and surround very similar to what you have shown here! We also really appreciated the lighting suggestions, and hope to also implement some of that.