If there’s one thing I wish my Craftsman apartment had, it’s a working fireplace. Due to earthquake codes, the beautiful, custom tiled, mahogany wood mantled fireplace in my living room is sealed up and not usable. Boo! While I can still decorate the mantel and place candles in the hearth, it’s just not quite the same as having a roaring, crackling fire that warms the entire room.
So for those of you lucky enough to have a working fireplace, this week’s Etsy 4 for Friday features a few items to keep that fire going strong (and looking pretty too) all winter long.
• This long and lean, hand woven Mantel Basket is inspired by Colonial times when the fireplace was the center of the home. Similar baskets where used at the time to hide clutter – always the bane of a tidy home! This deep green hued basket fits perfectly on most any mantle and will look great filled with fireplace helpers or seasonal items like pinecones, Christmas ornaments or Easter Eggs. $42
• Some people (mostly men it seems) get a lot of enjoyment poking, prodding and playing with the fire. If you or a loved one are the type, get them a tool like this Vintage Fireplace Poker and let them have at it! This incredibly designed black painted iron piece has a neat curved end for catching and moving logs and a decorative, sturdy handle. A must have for anyone that’s earned the nickname “The Keeper of the Fire”. $38
• Meanwhile, some of us could use a hand getting that fire going. Here’s a little helper in an unexpected scent – Dried Lavender Stem Fire Starters. These handy little bundles are tied in a purple ribbon and ready to be tossed into a beginning fire. Not only will they get a good one roaring, they also release a lavender scent into the air. Five bundles for $10
• When I first went to Etsy to research this post, this stunning piece, an antique copper jam pot was highlighted on the homepage. The incredible statement piece could be used as a planter, party cooler and, as seen above, a holder for your firewood. The antique pot is made of copper, features hand-forged handles, a well worn patina and includes a tripod base. $245
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