What do you do when you have a fire place that can't be used and you don't want it to look like a big whole in the wall? Fill it with logs, finish it with white paint, stack it full of books, tile it or put interesting things in it (like antlers), and of course add some candles to light.
Last week we had a fire place that had no surround, was bare sandstone and brick and was black and dirty with soot. Ideally we would get the inside plastered and a beautiful fireplace reinstalled but as we have no money for such luxuries, instead I painted the bare bricks inside white as well as the sandstone around, put a big mirror at the back and a plant and candles in front. It didn't take long and has made such a difference to the room. I'll get photos up in the next few days.
Photos: Curbly, Design Sponge, Red Online, The Decorista, Red Online