The first picture shows a bare wall in a great room. The house is a builder flip. I have worked with this contractor for 35 years and weighed in on the layout. With a large bare wall as the focal point for the entire living area, it was important to fill the space well! A linear fireplace and TV were the priorities. The first drawing was just a starting point. Large format tiles were the intention, but upon looking for them discovered long strips of marble and I liked this idea better. Upon sharing this with the contractor and subs, it was decided to just buy a slab and the beautiful continuation of the natural material evolved. Lighting was added under the hearth. The TV will be framed by the elements. Design is in the details! LuxeSpecs.com has solutions!