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Good-looking garden planters don't have to hibernate all winter. Arranged along a hearth, the containers take their turn as eye-catching elements indoors. In glazed terra cotta or another heat-resistant material, the pots provide a perfect place to stow spilt logs, kindling, and aromatic enhancements, such as dried lavender and pinecones.

Kindling Keeper How-To

1. Look for pots in coordinating textures and tones, but consider pieces in different shapes and sizes to add a pleasing visual rhythm to your fireside.

2. Before bringing pots indoors, clean them with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. If pots have caked-on dirt, soak them until it loosens and then wipe it off. Rinse them again in the spring before using them for plants.

Comments (5)

Martha Stewart Member
December 16, 2010
What a beautiful way to keep fire stuff looking nice. I just love it and will putting this to use next to my wood burning stove.
Martha Stewart Member
November 29, 2009
Good idea for keeping pinion wood outdoors next to the chimnea too
Martha Stewart Member
December 19, 2008
In a similar vein, I store my fireplace tools in an antique copper kettle and pine cones in an antique metal pitcher...
Martha Stewart Member
December 19, 2008
How pretty!, Great idea!!
Martha Stewart Member
December 19, 2008
I love this idea. The simplest ones are always the best.