So we went with the traditional brick. Thanks for all the input.
I love that it is laid with very small grout lines. Easier clean up for me given that I have two large dogs. The grout goes in tomorrow so I am excited to see the finished look. I anticipate that it will look similar to this though since the grout is darker.
Here is another peek at the small walls we torn out to open up the space and remove the arch.
A side by side always helps.
It still needs some work and the photos aren't that great so you will just have to take my word that it is larger and more open.
Here is another view.
And the side by side again.
So there you go. It will be my goal to post a non-kitchen entry next. Only Saturday we are going granite shopping and that is always fun and I will definitely want to share that experience....so we will see.
Thanks for stopping by!