fireplaces & mantlepieces

fireplaces & mantlepieces

Hi everyone. I'm new. I just moved into a new apartment and I am currently experimenting with the best way to make use of two out-of-action fireplaces and the mantlepieces above them. Basically the fireplaces are just so nice, that putting a load of bits & bobs and miscellaneous items around/on them seems a shame, as it looks tacky & takes away from the fireplace itself. Do you guys have any tips for ways of using the space in a fireplace/its mantlepiece? How have you decorated/displayed yours?
Shroooms

Shroooms

My Room.

My Room.

Mini Christmas Flower Show

Mini Christmas Flower Show

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Custom curtains??

Custom curtains??

Lurking.

Lurking.