After much shopping, debate, estimates, etc. Eric and I found a 5/8" mosaic marble at Designer Stone Outlet on California that caught our eye. Its being used for both the entrance and fireplace surround. Since the tile is substantially thick, Eric got a suggestion from another tiler to bring the tile right to the edge, giving it a continuous look.
We look at cultured stone (imitation stacked slate, etc.), which was nice, but didn't seem to fit in right. I think if the fireplace itself were larger and woodburning, that might have been a better choice, but this is more of a inset TV nook than a fireplace. :)
We picked up another laborer to help Eric with the finishing items, particularly the stain/varnish of the windows.
Most of the trim will be coming from Wood World and some from Owl Lumber.
This is the front entrance and inside 1st floor. The border is onyx.
This is the completely stripped pine door we'll be using for 1st floor bedroom closet.
Now that the basement has been cleaned up and primed, the new very bright lighting gives us a nice workshop area.
Just in time for fall chill, Eric topped off window arches with aluminum trim. We found the 'wineberry' color at Acorn roofing supply on the south side. The caulk is also the same color, NPC brand bought at Lee Lumber.