While it is often agreed that a fireplace is the heart of a home, a proper fireplace surround is instrumental in anchoring this important component.  Depending on the space and desired aesthetic, these surrounds can be casual in massing and detail or move to a more formal vernacular.  Simple or ornate carvings, commonly created by the hand of a master stone artisan, are applied to mantles, corbels, legs, and other parts of the surround.  Many clients explore the opportunity to include a family crest or other personal detail.  Limestone, travertine, and marble are common choices for fireplace surrounds.