So Comes Snow After Fire: Chapter 26
"Fresh As May"
“Is it like you imagined?”
Tauriel surveyed the stone fireplace behind Kíli. To either side of it, Erebor’s green marble had been intricately carved into the forms of two trees; their trunks framed the sides of the fireplace, and their branches wove together above it.
“It’s even better,” Tauriel pronounced. “The one in Thranduil’s palace is carved in much shallower relief.”
Kíli smiled, proud. “Well, I wanted it to cast proper shadows when the fire is lit. It will look best in the firelight; then you’ll hardly be able to tell where the stonemason’s work ends and mine begins.”
Tauriel studied the leftmost tree, following Kíli’s gesture. “I cannot see even now.”
“Come now; you can tell me. I shan’t be embarrassed. I know I’m not a sculptor.”
“It’s true, Kíli; I cannot see any difference. The carving all looks beautiful to me.”
Kíli laughed. “I think the difference must still be obvious to any dwarf who walks into the room, but if you are happy, that is approval enough for me.”
“I will agree with you in one respect,” Tauriel returned. “I shall find the room all the more beautiful with a fire upon the hearth and a husband beside me.”