Working Your Non-working Fireplace

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Lots of people have non-working fireplaces. Lots of people don't use them for much beyond burning candles. But a fireplace can be about six square feet in area, which is a lot if you're living small in, say, a four-or-five-hundred sf apartment...

There have to be some great ideas out there for putting that unused space to work. Just check out the wine storage in Tim Bee's non-working fireplace above. How do you make your antiquated fireplace work for you in your small apartment?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.