Really have to do something to make the fireplace pop. Built-in shelving around a fireplace doesn't have to be cumbersome! These small accent pieces add the storage you need but don't overpower the space. C&M Home Builders, Eau Claire, Wis.
DIY Faux Stacked Wood Fireplace- This is one of the prettiest fireplace decorations I have seen! Great project to welcome springtime and summer when your fireplace will be taking a break. Looks like a fairly easy DIY.
If you don't have a fireplace, but still want to hang stockings and decorate a mantel, you can craft one out of cardboard! Using cardboard display boards (ones students use for science projects), you can build a realistic (and lightweight) fireplace.