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Montage: 16 Modern Patios with Fire Pits

It used to be that everybody wanted an indoor porch. Now it’s a fire pit. Preferably, for me, a modern patio with fire pit. Gathering outdoors around fire has a kumbaya feeling that’s a little earthier and less suburban than grilling in one’s obscenely outfitted outdoor kitchen. Plus, fire pits are great for making s’mores.

We bought a very inexpensive portable fire pit last year for the Cape. And yes indeed made s’mores. The wood burning fire was smokier than we would have preferred, but the kids loved it, and it was the first time we used our patio at night. So that’s something.

These modern patios with fire pits are a bit more upscale than my quaint setup. Many of these are actually large, sleek fire tables. They remind me of a place we go for cocktails in Florida, the Seagate Hotel. Nothing like a fire in Florida.

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Christopher Grubb   •  Arch-Interiors Design Group
Basic woven outdoor furniture sits on a structure with a roof and curtains. Off to the side on a terracotta walkway is a circular concrete fire pit. I love leafy vines cascade down the back wall.

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Hufft Projects
Japanese influences are apparent in this modern patio project, with its sunken fire pit and seating and wood slat screens. I think it may actually be on the beach. Looks like sand beneath the deck.

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Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Oversize square pavers create a chessboard effect, leading to a modern fire pit and built-in seating, surrounded by wispy plantings.

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Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture
A sleek modern patio on a lake in New England. The square fire pit looks to be built of stone and the Adirondack chairs are a nod to the region.

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Outer Space Landscape Architecture  •  Sunset Magazine
A multi-level terrace in a small enclosed back yard has a modern outdoor dining table and small circular fire pit

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Mayer Sattler-Smith  •  Photo by Kamil Bialous  •  Dwell
This modern courtyard patio belongs to a charred cedar cabin in Alaska with quite the view. The sunken fire pit is set off in a corner, next to cinder block walls.

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Michael Lee Architects  •  Photo by Dave Lauridsen    Dwell
The low square fire pit seems to be an extension of the oversize concrete pavers of this modern patio. A steel + ipe bench is suspended from the low concrete retaining wall behind which there’s stalks of bamboo.

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Studio G
A concrete block retaining wall is a good solution for building a modern deck into a hillside. I love the Corten steel fire pit, and how they painted just one slat of the deck blue.

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Doyle Herman Design Associates
This simple set up features a long and narrow fire pit set against a concrete wall. It’s just the right sparseness to complement the lush grass punctuated with horizontal pavers.

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Botanica Design
A multi-level modern patio setup with a pool and long, narrow fire table. The wood, concrete, grasses, and water create a spa-like feel.

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Erin Martin Design    C Magazine
Portable fire pit and DIY Adirondack chairs in the gravel courtyard of a corrugated metal-clad home.

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Ras-a Inc.  •  Photo by Spencer Lowell    Dwell
An ipe bench is built into the low concrete wall on this gravel patio. The custom fire pit is made from boards.

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Luxe Interiors + Design
A camp-like setting featuring a circular patio in the woods, most likely in New England, complete with fire pit and red Adirondack chairs.

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Roth Sheppard Architects  •  Designs by Sundown
Photo by Dave Winger    Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
A Zen-like retreat with fire table was created in a forgotten strip of backyard.

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A wood slat bench is built into a low concrete wall on this modern patio with fire pit and horizontal pavers separated with gravel. Great little succulents planted too.

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Real Homes
The homeowner worked with a builder to refurbish this derelict property  and had a landscape architect help create the entertaining area, complete with no nonsense fire pit in the backyard.

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Montage: 12 Navy Blue + Brass Kitchens

Grey kitchens seem to have taken over. And paired with brass hardware, grey kitchens are gorgeous. I did a post back in 2013— 32 Brass Kitchens when brass hardware started infiltrating kitchens. Mainly those kitchens with brass hardware were white or grey, with the occasional innovative green. And lots of subway tile Now we’re seeing a lot more navy kitchen cabinets. From azure to the deepest stormy navy, blue cabinetry in the kitchen, finished with angular brass hardware, is the look, preferably with expanses of marble backsplashes. Here are 12 gorgeous examples of kitchens with brass hardware and navy cabinetry.

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Toronto Interior Design Group

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Devol Kitchens

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Joy Street Design

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Blair Harris  •  Photo by Jessica Glynn

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Emily Henderson

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One Fine Stay

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Elegueller Arquitetos

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Taylor Jacobson Design  •  My Domaine  •  Photo by Amy Bartlam

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Craig O’Connell Architecture  •  Vonnegut Thoreau Construction

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Stacy Begg •  Photo by Michael Graydon  •  House & Home

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Montage: 14 Bohemian Style Patios

Everyone seems to be making more effort in turning outdoor spaces (they’re not longer just called backyards) into full-on, functional outdoor rooms.  While minimalist outdoor furniture alongside a sleek infinity edge pool is sublime, bohemian style patios are easier (cheaper) to create.

Gather color saturated accessories—an indoor/outdoor rug, modern patio chairs, Moroccan side tables, suzani and kilim cushions—plenty of plants (ferns, succulents, and cacti), and a fire pit, and you’ve just curated everything you need to create an outdoor space with a bohemian vibe.

It needn’t read total gypsy. Some of these boho backyards are pretty pulled together, with modern and contemporary elements, like wood-slat fencing and black walls. But overall, these bohemian style patios are laid back and romantic. Start dreaming up your own. (More boho decor posts with product suggestions to come.)

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Consort Design  •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
Wood slat walls are hung with various outdoor plants on the bohemian style terrace of celebrity hair stylist and blogger Jen Atkin. There’s a potted cactus too, along with woven wicker seating, Moroccan coffee table, and Oriental carpet. The boho vibe was inspired by the homeowners’ travels to Morocco and Greece.

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Consort Design •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
A copper side table contrasts nicely with earthy turquoise pottery planter and weathered wood bench. An oversize juju hat wall hanging adds a healthy dose of color and even more texture.

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Design Sponge At Home
From Design Sponge blogger Grace Bonney’s book, a bohemian style patio with black brick walls, suzani covered bench and plenty of plants.

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Better Homes & Gardens
An otherwise classic porch gets a preppy-meets-gypsy treatment with hot pink accents, suzani pillows, and oversize rice paper pendant light.

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The Design Files  •  Photo by Angelita Bonetti
Styling by Anna Flanders
Homeowners in Washington repurposed a vintage 1970s Austin bus as a hangout space in their backyard.

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Justina Blakeney  •  Home Depot blog
Justina Blakeney transformed her patio into a bohemian style haven with a riot of color and pattern including a Moroccan style side table, lanterns, and planters.

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El Mueble
Bamboo thatching provides cover for this deck overlooking a river. The magenta and red accessories and modern patio chairs pop against the worn wood.

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Earthy toned kilim cushions on a built in bench add color and warmth to this pea gravel patio thatched roof cover. (image source unknown)

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Justina Blakeney  •  The Jungalow
A suzani tablecloth, Panton chairs, and a colorful kilim runner turn blogger Justina Blakeney’s brick patio into a festive space for outdoor entertaining.

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Design Vidal Interior Design
L.A. designers Karen and Guy Vidal created this boho style bluestone patio with built-in concrete furniture and fire pit by adding plenty of patterned cushions, pillows, and serape.

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Casa Diez
A covered patio with boho vibes thanks to a lacey round jute rug over the terra cotta tiles, wicker patio furniture, suzani throw and pillows, capiz wind chime, and colorful modern patio chairs.

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Decorate With Flowers
Decor8 blogger Holly Becker showcases beautiful spaces adorned with flowers, like this bohemian style patio with tented awning and bamboo fencing.

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Stephen Shubel  •  House Beautiful
Al fresco dining in a California backyard made easy with a wooden bench draped with turquoise and violet bohemian style textiles.

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Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
This new book published by Rizzoli details laid back lifestyles filled with sophisticated bohemian interiors and exteriors.

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Montage: 16 Bathroom Tile Backsplashes

While I’ve been focusing on the Florida condo for the last year or two in terms of my decorating energies, especially when it comes to bathroom tile (I posted on Bathrooms with Contrasting Tile Floors, Bathroom Floor Tile Swatches, and Tiled Bathroom Vanities), I’ve been putting off a tiny bathroom project in Boston—a teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash above the pedestal sink in our powder room.

We wallpapered the powder room as part of our renovation a few years ago and the wallpaper quickly became dirty right above the sink. Now would be the perfect time to pick out tile for a bathroom tile backsplash and have it done, since Merlin, our wizard of a handyman, is coming next week to paint our bedrooms and bathrooms. (Did I mention HGTV is coming in two weeks to photograph the apartment for the magazine? Nothing like a photo shoot to make you scramble.)

The backsplash tile wouldn’t go all the way across the wall. Rather, it’d be just above the pedestal sink, just enough to add some protection against all the water. We’re talking sixteen-by-eight-inches. I’ve found 16 bathrooms that feature smaller swathes of tile or marble, or just a tiny square of tiles, above the sink.

The backsplash would be installed over my Tres Tintas Barcelona wallpaper. The next question is, what kind of tile to use for this teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash? Fireclay Tile sent me a press release today with some interesting new tiles. But that’s a whole other post.

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House to Home

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Styling by Rosemarjin van Zandvoort and Barbara Natzjil
Photo by Margriet Hoekstra  •  VT Wonen

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Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc

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Elle Decoration Sweden

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Home of Fiona Doublas of Bluebell Grey  •  Design Sponge

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Chamberlain Javens Architects

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Welke

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Marie Laure Helmkampf

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Florence Jaffrain  • Marie Claire Maison

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Mally Skok Design

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Sara Gilbane Interiors

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Steven Volpe Design  •  Elle Decor

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House to Home

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House to Home

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Styled by Marsha Golemac  •  Photo by Brooke Holm 

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Montage: 18 Vacation Rentals (Instead of Hotels)

We rarely travel as a family. On one hand, we miss out exploring new places and exposing the kids to different countries and cultures. (They can be heard whining that they’re the only ones in their classes that haven’t been out of the country.) On the other hand, we are lucky to have a beautiful place on Cape Cod where we can spend a good portion of summer and a little place in Florida where we can escape in wintertime. And I’ve been on some pretty amazing press trips in the last few years, with trips to Venice, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Kennebunkport.

At one point we were talking about taking the kids to London. It would be easy for our first big excursion. Wherever we go, whenever we go (at this point plans are non-existent), I think it would make so much more sense to rent an apartment than stay in a hotel. Hotels are luxuriously wonderful for romantic getaways, but when travelling as a family, it would be so much easier, not to mention more economical, to stay in an apartment (or, you know, a villa) with a kitchen and roomier living space.

There are so many sites that showcase vacation rentals, be they short-term apartment rentals in urban centers or fabulous villas in the countryside, all with galleries of photographs of customer reviews. I browsed through a number of them, and came up with these 18 vacation rentals, in cities all over the world, from Santa Fe to Santorini to Sydney and Copenhagen to Costa Rica to Capetown.

These vacation rentals not necessarily the absolute best, most decadent or distinctive, as that would have taken a ludicrous amount of time, but they are all really appealing, from the photographer’s loft in Miami to the casita in Santa Fe to the mid-century modern apartment in Reykjavik. I’d be happy to take up residence in any of these apartments for a week, family in tow.

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Industrial loft
Santorini  •  Luxury Retreats

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Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Miami  •  Airbnb

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Urban apartment
Berlin  •  Nomads Apt.

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Pott’s Point apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels

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Penhouse apartment with view of Hyde Park
London  •  Urban Retreat

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Adobe home
Santa Fe  •  Two Casitas

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Houseboat
Amsterdam  •  Houseboat Rental

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City center apartment
Copenhagen  •  Airbnb

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Penthouse apartment
Reykjavik  •  Boutique Homes

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Studio in Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro  •  Airbnb

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Villa with panoramic jungle and ocean views
Costa Rica  •  Luxury Retreats

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Loft apartment in historical building
Barcelona  •  Home Away

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Vineyard estate
Napa Valley  •  Home Away

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Medieval watchtower amidst olive groves
Tuscany  •  Luxury Retreats

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Contemporary beach house
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels

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City apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels
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Mountain estate
Capetown  •  VRBO

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