You can transform any room with a stunning stone accent wall like this. Modern materials and methods allow you to create the look of a traditional stone wall with a fraction of the work. An intermediate DIYer could easily master the techniques.
Really have to do something to make the fireplace pop. 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.