gorgeous aged brick fireplace from Jacquelyn Clark
This past Christmas… the tree was decorated in the corner, glowing houses were on the credenza, and we had constant Christmas music and warm drinks on hand. But still, something didn’t feel right. It wasn’t quite cozy enough for Christmas, and I think I have put my finger on it. No, it’s not the lack of snow here in England… it’s the lack of a fireplace in this flat!
We have turned on the fireplace videos on Amazon Prime or YouTube, but it just isn’t the same. You need the crackling sounds, wavering light, and smell… oh the smell! Especially cedar! Just heaven!
Richard and I both miss having a fireplace, especially in this cold January season. It’s probably the one thing we wish for most in this flat, other than a second bedroom. We would probably rather have a working open fireplace than a dishwasher!! We can tell where a fireplace used to live in our flat, because of the vent down by the baseboard. Curse whoever ripped it out!!!
So, it’s only logical that I have fireplaces on the brain, and their relevant accessories!
On a recent gift guide, Emily Henderson’s team listed this match striker + holder. I don’t know why, but I have always loved matches! It’s kind of a weird thing to love, but as a kid I remember my parents had this round match box with very long matches in it, and I loved it and always wanted to use them. Maybe it’s the pyro in me, but using matches is fun.
So when I saw this match striker, that doubles as a place to store your matches, it was love at first sight… until I saw the price tag! $50 for a wee match striker! So I started searching for more match striker/holder things, and found some even more expensive! Who knew these were pricy designer items?!
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Here’s a list of my favorites, both expensive (in case you’re the type with oodles of cash to blow on silly things – lucky you ;)) and less so. It’s my new favorite thing to have on a mantle, which I don’t have… yet. Someday, we will buy a house and it WILL have a fireplace. Honestly, that’s non-negotiable for us.
built-in wood and blanket storage from Heather Bullard
But other than match strikers, I often find myself looking at wood storage. I love a good built in storage option, but if that isn’t available, there are some really great containers. You can get racks that sort of mimic the built in look, or baskets… or even copper pots!
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But if we had our dream house, the fireplace would be brick. Quite frankly, if Richard could build a home, it would be red brick all over – he loves the stuff! And, if the house can’t be brick, well then the fireplace has to be! Like these beauties!
herringbone brick fireplace interior from Marcus Design Inc.
brick fireplace surrounded by teal from Little Green Shed
herrinbone brick fireplace from Lonny
Although, if I somehow found a place with an antique fireplace like this beauty, I think I could live without the brick…
antique marble fireplace from Apartment Therapy
What about you? Do you have an open fireplace? Any must have accessories?