The space made available by raising the gas fireplace provides a perfect spot for firewood, even if it is purely decorative. It sets the mood and adds a pleasant organic touch.
Laurey W. Glenn
The arch that bridges the sides serves two purposes. Not only does it help to frame and give scale to the painting above the fireplace, but it also moves the eye from side to side. Without the arch, all the visual interest would have stopped at the top of each unit. Now, the look flows up and over, keeping things moving. Think of it as a path. Just as you need a clear path to move around the room, the eye needs a visual path to flow easily around the space.
Raise the Blaze With the table being relatively close to the walls, fitting in a fireplace was tricky. At floor level, it would have been hidden by the table. So it is elevated to just above table height. A modern, lighter-weight firebox makes this a cinch. Gas logs help to regulate the temperature so the flame can be for function or fashion, perfect for a winter breakfast or a romantic supper for two.