Good Questions: Dealing with All Brick Walls?

Rachel wants to know: How do you create a fabulous design with all brick walls? All of the advice I read says "paint it, paint it, paint it," but I can't because I'm renting! I'm moving into an apartment in Rogers Park with brick walls EVERYWHERE...

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My style is bohemian/french country/eclectic... and I don't know how to use a brick canvas to create my masterpiece! It seems as if many rehabbed places around here are contemporary looking with the brick and modern furnishings and exposed plumbing (like my kitchen and the black stone fireplace), but how can I make it feel more bucolic and whimsical? Apartment Therapy gods I need your help (pretty please with sugar on top)!
xoxo,
devout Apartment-Therapyian (Rachel)

Please share your ideas and advice with Rachel for designing her new living room in the comments...thanks!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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