Why not embrace the homey feel, but lighten it up by building some skinny wooden bookshelves on either side of the vertical stone expanse, flush to the well behind it? Use a very light-colored wood like poplar (which is also not super expensive) get your pieces cut to size at the lumber yard and then screw, glue or nail it together. You can extend it out sideways to the edges of the stone base, making the fireplace more complete and making it seem more thoughtfully built into the room. Extend them all the way to the ceiling to make sure it feels complete.
What to Do with Oppressive Stone Fireplace in Rental? Good Questions
|9/12/13 08:11 AM|
While not technically icebreakers, I always try to sneak in some hypothetical and "would-you-rather" questions into the conversation as soon as it doesn't seem forced. Talking about hypothetical situations allows people to share very unique parts of their personalities, and even some very personal insights, without actually prying into their personal details. They're also fun and can inspire some playful debate, and most importantly don't devolve into talking about yourself, or talking too much about the other person.
What's Your Very Best Ice Breaker? Reader Discussion
|4/23/13 09:06 PM|