I've been stymied by furniture placement in the living room.
That giant armoire I bought for $100? Didn't fit, and gouged the floor in the process.
Desperate for a focal point, we decided to uncover what we thought was a fireplace. We could see the chimney on the front of the house and a blank space between windows (where I wanted the armoire to go).
It is an exciting thing to start cutting holes in the exterior wall of your home!
I'm having a chimney company give us an estimate for repair, but we probably won't make the fireplace functional due to cost and safety.
Since we've never had a fireplace before, it's aesthetically pleasing, working or not!