There are a lot of fireplaces out there that have been closed up and cautious landlords who don't permit using working ones. Even for those of us who can use our fireplaces, they sit untouched at least six months of the year. Well, after you've taken my lesson on cleaning your fireplace, there are a few things you can do to spruce up your hearth and keep it looking from barren. Real Simple recommends sticking a plant inside your non-working fireplace to "brighten up that black hole." I have a few more ideas, so check out this slideshow to see them!
5 Ways to Decorate a Non-Working Fireplace