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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.


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.

fire-pit-Hufft Projects

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: 50 Rooms with Built-In Log Storage for Modern Fireplaces

Last week my first post of the year for the Lamps Plus blog was published, Firewood Storage Solutions, From Trays to Totes. Since ’tis the season, and I’ve been seeing massive stacks of logs on Pinterest, here’s a companion post for you, with plenty more of the look.

wood storage in entry Stine Langvad Interior Design

Stine Langvad Interior DesignElle Deco Denmark 

Photo by Ann-Charlotte Fagerlin for Expressen

photographer Ann-Charlotte Fagerlin for Expressen

window seat storage skona hem

Skona Hem magazine


 Catherine Kwong Design

photographer Paul Massey.

 photographer Paul Massey

Marimekko’s Spring 2009 catalog-logs

Marimekko’s Spring 2009 catalog


Pizza East restaurant, London via Arch Daily
Michaelis Boyd Associates  –  photographer Richard Lewisohn


Summer home of set designer Rie Lykke, Denmark
photographer Pernille Kaalund for Femina


photographer Mark Borthwick


firewood organizer by Antonio Lupi

under stair logs erin martin

Erin Martin Design


Mikkel Mortensen of Yellows Photography


The Construction Zone


Meister Construction


photographer Daniel Hertzell


 Shim Sutcliffe Architects


Catalonia fireplace by Francesc Rifé Studio

tulip table



Murakami Design
photographer Michael Graydon for Canadian House & Home

Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

rustic room




purple flowres


Photos- Maria-Isabel Hansson via Hus och Hem

Photographer Maria-Isabel HanssonHus & Hem

Photo ©- Greg Cox-HogL House of Pictures

photographer Greg Cox for HogL House of Pictures


 Andersson Wise Architects


 Olson Kundig Architects



Kelly Klein beach house AD

Kelly Klein’s beach house
Architectural Digest

built by photographer Trine Thorsen

Built by photographer Trine Thorsen




 Jessica Helgerson Interior Design


Jeltje Fotografie

Culligan Abraham Architecture

Culligan Abraham Architecture

Studio Ko

Studio Ko


Elle Decor


Elle Decor

Kendall Conrad, via C Magazine.

Kendall ConradC Magazine

firewood organizers by Antonio Lupi

firewood organizers by Antonio Lupi

Lena Proudlock Photography for Maison Francase Magazine

Lena Proudlock Photography for Maison Francase 

elle decor deerhead

Elle Decor

 architects Renaud De Poorter and Femke Holdrinet

architects Renaud De Poorter and Femke Holdrinet


home of Elisabeth Heier via The Veda House


AKSL Architects

black-fireplace-new Cubic wood fireplace stove by Wittus

Cubic wood fireplace stove by Wittus



nina k.studio-photographer-Nina-Kellokoski

photographer Nina Kellokoski of Nina K. Studio

[via The White Company - Savoy Bed Linen Collection

Savoy Bed Linen Collection via The White Company

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu



Jarlath Mellett



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Montage: 43 Rooms with Floor Lamps

For years now I’ve shunned the floor lamp. Although my earliest memories of the floor lamp is the groovy arc of the ’70s (that will get its own montage post later), more recently it’s the ugly black halogen floor lamp with brass trim and glass shade of the late ’80s / early ’90s, that haunts me. Too many associations of bad ’80s furniture and Jennifer Convertibles sofas post-college graduation. Of course, that was decades ago at this point, and it’s time to get over it.

The floor lamps of today are super chic, though like most styles, they reference the past. I particularly  love the ’50s Italian styles in bright color metals or plain black. Simple contemporary designs with oversize shades work for me too. I actually just ordered a simple floor lamp for our newly designed family room. We’ll see how it works out once it arrives. (Unfortunately a vintage piece from 1st Dibs was hardly in the budget; alas a style on sale at OLighting must suffice.)

Photographer Bruno Suet
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Brad Ford | Brad Ford—Lonny
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Brad Ford
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Betsy Brown InteriorsHouse Beautiful
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Photographer Hallie Burton | Photographer Philip Sinden—Elle Decor Spain
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House to Home
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Light Locations
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Elle Decor | Erin Martin Design
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Photographer Brian Park
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Photographer Erik Johnson | unidentified
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Wendy Blount
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via Design Attractor
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Photographer Moris Moreno
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Photographer Per Magnus Persson
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Michele Bonan
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FC Studio Architecture + Interiors
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Moises Esquenaz
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Mark Tuckey Furniture Design | Country Living
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Studio AV
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Kelly Hoppen | Skona Hem
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Jessica Helgerson
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Rod Mickley Interiors | Photographer Simon Watson
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Photographer Patric Johansson | Photographer Tim Griffith—New York Times
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Hotel Skeppsholmen | Marie Olsson Nylander
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Michele Bonan
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Spruce Design + Decor | Photographer Peter Margonelli
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Paul Caddel—Lonny | Christian Leone—Lonny
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Photographer Graham Atkins-Hughes
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Montage: 22 Spaces with Sheepskin Throws

It makes sense that so many taste makers strew sheepskin throws on the furniture. Whether it’s to reinforce the cozy in an already dressed down space, soften a room that’s bit too sleek, or add texture to a monochromatic palette, the shaggy skins are undeniably a nice touch.

I was immediately drawn to the gray sheepskins that are thrown over the chairs in the third photo down. I could do that, I thought. I had seen the curly gray versions at IKEA. They’d make the perfect touch on my new gray sofa in the family room. At once inviting and edgy. So tempting. Until I thought about it. How many times a day do I replace the pillows and blankets that litter the floor? Did I want to add to the chore? Not so much. Oh well.

Maybe it’d work on my all white bed. Who am I kidding? I don’t make my bed . . .

Photos: photographer Laura Resen; stylist Leslie Siegel; photographer  Stellan Herner; Flickr-herz-allerliebst; Flickr-famapa; photographer Anna Kern; Digs by Katie; Flickr; Atticus & Milo; Erin Martin Design; John Maniscalco Architecture; Living Etc.; Mi Casa; photographer Rachel Smith; Apartment Therapy NY; Hotel Esplendor via Continuous Thread; Julianne Moore’s living room; Flickr-JHJapan; Elle Decor; photographer Trine Thorsen; Studio Isle Olde Bell Inn; architects Fernlund +  Logan; Emma’s Design Blogg via Remodelista; Apartment Therapy; architects Fernlund +  Logan; Bolig Magasinet.

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