Southern Living
white fireplace flanked by ship's lanterns and low bookshelves

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Ten years ago, when this couple added their family room, they settled for a nondescript mantel, which was a decision they grew to regret. Finally they decided to ask Atlanta architect Jim Wilson to design a complete overhaul of their house. Here was their chance to improve the family room as well. Jim's solution was an attractive, two-tier chimney wall of stepped and sloping surfaces constructed of plywood. Handsome molding was added for effect.

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