This is exactly what we are thinking of adding to our living room, we love the shelving on the sides!
Aqua Eclectic Living Room Design: http://www.myhomerocks.com/2012/01/contemporary-eclectic-living-rooms/
fireplace with built ins - Google Search
cabinet example Google Image Result for http://www.candyassllamas.com/HOUSE/House9.jpg
Book Shelves In this and the next couple posts we will walk through our steps of how we built out the fireplace wall Chimney
something like this, except the mantel and the top of the shelves will be straight across, and the bricks white with dark wood shelves...