Hello there! Dawn here, from Last month I offered up my suggestions for one reader’s submission (in the form of a Photoshop room mockup) and was happy to hear that you guys wanted more! 

READER QUESTION from Catherine —

Hello! My husband and I just purchased a house (from 1982), and it has a hideous fireplace. There is currently a pellet stove (that is not operational) just set in front/inside the front of the fireplace.

Not only is the fireplace a little wonky looking with a non-functioning stove stuck in the middle, but it is just enough off centered to make me twitch!

What would you do with… Catherine’s non-functional fireplace?

As you can probably tell, the off center issue is bothering me more than the weird stove stuck in the fireplace, and the combo of the two is why I chose this little challenge to help Catherine out with some ideas!

First of all, can I just say that I’m now convinced that non-functioning fireplaces are FUN! You can do so much with that little space. Case in point:

Seriously, from book storage, to a succulent garden, to a pottery display, people are getting so creative with the little nook created by an unused fireplace. A perfect example of how to embrace something that could be considered a flaw, and make it into something pretty fabulous.

I feel like it’s important to point out that while these asymmetrical fireplaces have very different decor styles, they all have one important thing in common, and that is the very strong horizontal mantle.

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