long beach apartments/homes have a weird "style" obsession with faux fireplaces. i see them EVERYWHERE and i don't get it. either have a real fireplace or don't have one at all! mine has a pipe, which i'm assuming gas might have come through at one time, but now the whole thing is just a design eyesore. i've been trying to figure out what to do with this baby since i moved in. it's not a masterpiece yet, but we're finally getting somewhere.
meet Ace Hardware's Arabian Nights:
it's a dark, charcoal grey. we love it. it's still in need of something but at least we're moving in the right direction.
maybe something like this brass number by architect, alla kazovsky
some logs HALF way up.....
or maybe just some nice big floor pillows when extra company stops by....
who knows. the actual fireplace "space" is quite shallow so if i put anything in it, it can't be too large.