This is part inspiration, part pure jealousy. Exposed brick is something your home is born with. So if you're blessed with brick, embrace it. Paint them. Dress them up with art. Just don't ignore them − take it from those of us who are brick deficient.
If you're in the market to rent or buy, don't be afraid to tell your Realtor, "I want brick!" It may be the deciding factor. And check out the last photo featuring a great reuse of a brick chimney in the kitchen.
For tips on drilling into a brick wall, visit this Wiki article.