Here is my fireplace, it is super duper boring. When we built the house, we decided to add a fireplace so the structure would be there, but only get the most basic mantel option to save money (literally thousands of dollars on this) and then build it ourselves later. So it has sat here for a year, looking boring and ugly and basically a thorn in my side every time I looked at it.
Whenever I went to my neighbor’s houses and saw their more expensive and fancy mantels, I would be sad that mine wasn’t like that. That’s what happens when you live in a new development, you can’t help but compare your upgrade choices to everyone else. We opted for a larger house with fewer upgrades since we can DIY so many things but that means we have to wait for time and money and live with the inconvenience or ugliness.