Have a Hearth
Make your fireplace a work of art
If you must endure the miseries of winter (clunky boots, sub-arctic temperatures, de-icing the windshield again), at least take solace in one of the season's truest pleasures: The coziness of a crackling fire. Below, our favorite ways to revamp the happy hearth:
? Stack your firewood proudly in a granny-chic basket ($79) or handsome log holder ($438). We're particularly keen on this new Teflon coated carrier bag ($250) and matching linen mitt ($130) from a 150-year-old Belgian weaving company. The mitt is intended for keeping you safe while handling firewood, but we love it as a simple fireplace accessory.
? Speaking of accessories, poking and sweeping tool sets can liven up even the most basic of fireplaces. This Ferro & Fuoco hand-forged set ($560) is made from recycled Italian railroad tracks and gives a classic, crafted look, while Blomus' hyper-sleek stainless steel offerings ($541) are better for the modern or minimalist abode. Pair with the "Bebop" basket ($354) for ultimate sophistication.
? Don't forget about the andirons: The Iron Design Company makes one of the most gorgeous we've seen ($2,400), but there are plenty of attractive options out there, like these quirky twin cats ($50) or rustic Roost Bark set ($335).