That might seem like a strange question to most, but to you, I know it will sound normal. (At that's why I tell you what I'm doing and not my next-door neighbor.)
When I found these on eBay, I thought, "why not?" They are made with wonderful plaster that's chipping off in a decidedly delightful way.
So did it bother me that I didn't have anything to put in the frames? Of course not. I was going to put them on the wall, but set them in front of the fireplace momentarily. When I went to pick them up, I decided I liked them there.
Since I changed this room from red to white, I knew that I could bring in my blue French enamelware pitcher too.
I also put this vintage sewing basket in here. It covers up the missing bits of the rush seat.
The frames are leaning against a bit of yard fencing I bought and use as a fireplace grate. It's really much more form that function.
To the left of the fireplace are some vintage sconces I bought at a garage sale years ago. I also just painted the fireplace mantle.
Here's what it looked like before I painted it.
I also painted the yellow wood box on my fireplace. Here's what it looked like before.
Here's a list of the parties that I visit on a regular basis. I might have shared this link at any number of these.