Every once in a while I go on a cleaning binge. Where I feel like I could throw out every single thing I own. Other times, when I try to clean up I can’t bring myself to get rid of a thing.
It would be nice if I could figure out when to throw and when to stow. Because I can’t tell you how many things I’ve thrown out that I wish I hadn’t and how many times I look in a cupboard and think “Uh … why exactly am I saving this mountain of random phone chargers?”.
Some time last year during the great centipede purge (when I cleaned my basement to have my house sprayed for centipedes) I threw out almost everything. It was like I was possessed. Which was great in that I got rid of old paint cans, ugly winter jackets and random pieces of crap. The only bad thing about it was well … heh, heh … I may have been a bit overzealous.
You know, throwing out things I really shouldn’t have. I’m pretty sure if one of the cats or even my boyfriend had ventured into the basement during this phase they’d currently be sitting in a landfill or the window of a Goodwill store.
I got rid of part of my vintage enamel pot collection, my tool belt with the fake spider pinned to the side and my beautiful antique, hand forged fireplace tools.
To be fair, I didn’t think they were beautiful at the time. At the time I didn’t want anything to do with them. They were old and I was sick, sick, sick of everything old. I planned on getting a new set of chrome fireplace tools and would have absolutely no USE for those primitive looking ones.
Now I want them back. They were the most beautiful fireplace tools ever made. They were so beautiful I’m sure if I’d sent them to Halle Berry she would have worn them to the Oscars. They were that beautiful.
At least in my distorted memory they were. The combination of time and regret tend to chance how I perceive things.
As luck would have it, I had a spare set of fireplace tools, so all was not lost. Until I lost those this past spring getting ready for Style at Home Magazine to come and shoot my house.
So now I am toolless. I am a person with a fire, without tools.
So the hunt is on for some appropriate fireplace tools for this winter. Here are a few of my faves., in case you too happen to have gone on a bit of a cleaning binge.
#5. Blomus’ Modern Chrome – $600
These were the tools I had in my head when I decided to throw out my old primitive looking tools a year ago. I still love them, but can’t afford them and don’t want any more chrome in my living room. Besides, these won’t look nearly as nice once they’re covered in ashes and dirt. Blomus
#4. Phillipe-Albert Lefebvre – Paleolithic Tools in Bronze – Price unknown. Eep.
These tools are so expensive I couldn’t even find a price for them. They were designed and made in bronze by Montreal designer Phillipe-Albert Lefebvre. He based the design on prehistoric tools of the Paleolithic age and the discovery of fire. I imagine they’re a prototype but that doesn’t stop me from wanting them. I swear I’d never throw these out in a fit of cleaning if I owned them.
#3. Pilgrim Hearth’s Contemporary Tools – $149
What I like most about these tools, aside from their simple design (no twists or twirls on the handles) is the fact that they are on a flat tool stand. This way you can push them flush up against the fireplace. Pilgrim Hearth.
#2. Hand Forged Iron Tools – $100
These handforged tools I found on Ebay are similar to the ones I threw out. Except these are nicer. Or maybe they are exactly the same. I really can’t remember. Custom Metal Arts
#1. Crate & Barrel’s Contemporary Take on Primitive Tools – $129
These tools are the ones I’d like to buy. I like the look, I like the flat stand and I like that they are inexpensive as far as fireplace tools go. (you can buy cheaper ones but the handles may be too short, the bristles may fall out of the broom and they might not be very sturdy.) Crate & Barrel
I’d love to stay and discuss these tools some more, but I have a tangled mess of phone chargers to throw out. I’m keeping the Atari joystick though. Who knows when that might come in handy.