In our flat we've got this brick wall built around a non-working fireplace in the living room. It's one of those really awkward spaces to fill. Because there's no fire in it, it's just an empty space that looks sad and lonely and like it's missing something (it is - a fire!)
I've always felt like empty fireplaces need something substantial in them, nothing bitty and small that gets lost in the gaping hole. Of course, a real fire in it would be my number one preference, but if not there's always books and logs and logs and books...
Australia Vogue Living Oct '05
Domino Dec/Jan '08
Logs with a coat of insane paint
Home of Jenna Lyons, J Crew Creative Director
Fireplace for stylish toy storage
I love what these guys have done with this, their country house (in upstate New York I think?)
The books and logs en masse thing is not a new idea by any means, but I still think it's one of the best. The trick is to really cram them in there - not 10 or 20, but 100 or whatever fills the void completely or mostly. Same goes for anything else, candles etc.
Do as they do at Anthropologie - notice how their displays are always OTT when it comes to quantities? If 10 glasses displayed on a table look nice, 110 look better - seems to be their motto. Same approach works here.