Perhaps you've seen a fireplace like this before. Vaughn recently remodeled a kitchen for the owner of this one. While he was there, he did a little update in the den as well. (This happens a lot...homeowners see what a change can be made in one area and it spreads throughout the house.)
I love the idea of the arch to go with all those rectangles and squares on the brick background.
Huge transformation. Painting the brass black instantly updated the look. Doesn't the darker color on the mantel modernize the whole area? Wow.