Decorating Ideas: Fill Up the Fireplace

We have a condo fireplace that we never use (photo #2) — mostly because we live on the top floor and it's warm enough already up here! Lately, we've been playing with the idea of painting the entire thing white and doing something fun with it, so I've been looking around at photos of unused fireplaces filled with, well, things! The internet has proven that there are ideas a plenty. Some of my preferences are pretty birch logs or books — but I'm curious, what do you think?

MORE FIREPLACES ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Decorating a Non-Working Fireplace
Sprucing Up an Unused Fireplace

Images: 1, 2: Andie Powers, 3: Domino, 4: Dave Coote, 5: via Abbey Goes Design Scouting, 6: Brian Vanden Brink via Coastal Living, 7: via Fresh Home

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