I like the way they did this harth and the color painted behind the stove. I also like the wood beams framing the stove in. Maybe have similar framing and the make a gate around the stove out of the same wood.
Must haves - color in ceilings, walls, floors and accents AND awesome porches with purpose. In the South we grow up with awesome porches. I would LOVE an awesome front porch and an even more amazing back porch.