Fireplace not focal point; works in space more organically. Love warmth of wood + wall of windows.
Comfortable furniture immediately adjacent to the kitchen with adequate kitchen seating at the island and large window/door transition to the exterior.
finish on the fireplace; built-in shelves and cabinetry + transom windows to introduce light on an otherwise closed wall
modern cozy; comforting; room for books + natural light; like the black wall.
simplicity of fireplace + windows on each side