This is basically a picture book. the ideas are pretty conventional as far as fireplaces go. I bought this book for inspiration on a project that I have recetnly started for a client that was looking to update an existing fireplace in her 100+ year old Victorian. She was looking for fresh/ ideas, something to compliment the mix of historic and contemporary details throughout the interior.. I did not find anything of value from this book for this particular project. As far as design ideas go, this a meat and potatos book.