My clever daughter has re-vamped our rather grotty fireplace. Last week it had yellow tiles and a fake-looking marble surround. Now...at minimum cost it has been totally transformed. Already it has given the room a different feel. Eventually we plan to pull the carpet up and expose the wooden floorboards underneath. We dream of a log fire - will it be too much work, smelly etc. ? But, oh! ..... the gorgeous smells and sensation of a real fire. Today we call the chimney sweep in to check the state of the chimney .. and we'll go from there. We are also going over to a garden centre to plan our garden. Have a good day!