I like how there is a nook to the right of the fireplace. Do that and have another below it for wood. This way too you can get the chunky mantle that I love so much. and the stone is so beautiful. I would like the hearth to be a bit higher though, oh well you can't have it all LOL
christmas - instead of the hearts and other stuff that they have hung I would use white snowflakes. For an even more dramatic look trim up some of the branches so they are not so cluttered and paint them black. Oh yeah dramatic!!!