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Nesting into the Near Year: Foolproof Tips for Starting the Perfect Fire

Photo by Kelli Delaney


Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get in gear for the new year.  Whether you’re starting a new diet or turning over a new leaf, cozying up to a roaring fire will probably be on your January agenda.  Here are our top foolproof tips to fire things up in just minutes, along with some of our favorite items to keep you comfy all winter.


Four Easy Steps to Starting a Fire

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Step 1.  Crumble newspaper sheets into a ball and pack under the grate and between the grates.


Step 2.  Stack very dry firewood in three rows, 3X3, in opposite directions.




Step 3.  Tuck firestarter sticks in between the gaps.




Step 4.  Light the paper at the bottom, and watch it burn. We love our chic Antique Label Matches by Skeem.  Strike-on-bottom apothecary-style glass bottle keeps matches fresh for indoor or outdoor use.  $15.99 for 60 or try our Mini Match Bottle, now ON SALE for just $8.99 (40 matches).  The bottle is pretty enough to showcase on your mantel.  They also make a great gift. (Large is currently out of stock.)


If you really want to impress your guests, throw some Frankincense resin on the flames after the fire is lit to create the most divine aroma.



Step 5.  Voila! You’re sipping wine by a roaring fire!



A few of our favorite things for a long winter’s night


Nothing says cozy home like our “Oh-so-soft” Personalized throw blankets with luxurious fringe. Machine washable, 54 x 60″. $49.99 HERE    Peaceful night knit pillow, $49.99Perfect for a snowy night watching your favorite series.





You’ll never want to take these booties off! Our NEW Heatable Slipper Booties soothe the body and soles, filled with treated millet and soothing French lavender, $29.99



What’s better than sipping coffee by a fire in the morning?!  Our new Personalized Unisex Robe comes in plush terry velour, has two patch pockets, double belt loops, and belt. Mid-length kimono style with 3/4 sleeves.  100% cotton.  Specify thread color and three initials, free of charge. $79.99.  (Try our gift-boxed Hanging Wax Sachets by Rosy Rings, in an enticing blend of orange, laurel, juniper and black currant, $24.99 HERE)

If you live in a warmer climate and just want the fun and feel of a fire outside, the Original One Log Fire by OneLogFire lights effortlessly and burns for nearly two hours. $16.99


Shop our After-Christmas Sale from personalized stockings, home décor, children’s gifts, books, luggage and more!

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