This was how our living room fireplace looked before Joseph:
This is how it's looked since Joseph:
Mostly we were just trying to block him from playing in there (though there are toys everywhere!). We decided to cover up the brick we never liked in the 1st place and then install a door we could close instead of barricading the gaping hole.
Umm, still a little too close for comfort:
Just right, all warm and cozy on a chilly night!