Living in the South, there's not much need to light a fire to keep warm. Instead, fireplaces here are coveted as a focal feature, something to anchor a sitting room. Still, it feels like something's missing when idle fireplaces (or those closed off by landlords) are left empty. Whether vacant by choice or by chance, I love this geeky idea for decorating an unused hearth.
The inspiration: The original The Legend of Zelda.
It's done with squares punched from paint chips. With a uniform shaped hole punch, creating pixel art for the fireplace—or anywhere else—is foolproof. Just punch, glue and admire your handiwork.
More info and images: Our Nerd Home
For those who would rather B-U-Y than DIY, there's this canvas print of the 8-bit Zelda fire, perfectly sized for a fireplace, from Etsy seller JamesBit.