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Montage: 16 Modern Patios with Fire Pits

It used to be that everybody wanted indoor porches. Now it’s fire pits. Preferably, fire pits on modern patios. 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: 13 Bathrooms With Tiled Vanity Countertops

I still haven’t figured out what to do about the pink Formica countertop on the vanity in Florida. Buying a piece of stone is out—definitely no budget for that. And really, it’s a basic, white tiled bathroom, so it doesn’t call for a slab of luxurious stone anyway. There’s no way I am paying for an updated lamintate countertop. Blech. So I’ve been looking at tiled vanity countertops.

I think tiling the vanity countertop is the way to go. I’ve come across a number of how-to articles for installing tile over laminate;  how-to tile is a rather popular DIY project. We also need to swap out the light fixture above the mirror. The vanity lighting fixture that’s there is now  more appropriate for a C-lister’s dressing room. Maybe we can tuck some LED strip lights behind molding and add a more contemporary light fixture. This industrial-style bathroom light bar could also be an interesting look.

Perhaps my husband could get to work on some simple changes over winter break when we’re there. After all, he has all sorts of tools—step ladder, pliers, wrenches, and plenty of stuff I can’t even name. It’s nice that he’s handy : )

It’s hard to find examples of cute bathroom vanity countertops with tiles, I’m guessing because it’s a low budget solution and gorgeous, photographed homes showcase more upscale materials. I did find 13 bathrooms with tiled vanity countertops that are quite nice. I should go for it, right?

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 Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt

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Home of architect Lisa Breeze  •  Design Sponge

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Home of designer Ana Spiro  •  Apartment Therapy

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Maison Hand Design

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Bathroom of blogger Iris Vank of Enigheid for Ixxi

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Marie Claire Maison

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Tracy A. Stone Architect

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Maison Hand Design
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Photo by Julie Ansiau

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Fired Earth via Sunset Magazine

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Home of vintage furniture dealer Annabel Gueret  •  Elle Decoration South Africa

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Montage: 20 Kids’ Sleeping Nooks

I’ve done a handful of kids bedroom posts, but there is no end to the cuteness, not to mention variations. Today I got pretty specific, pulling together 20 sleeping nooks (or alcoves) for kids, inspired by the round-up of modern kids rooms I did today for Design Milk.

I love a good built-in. So much sleeker and more efficient than furniture. And for a kid it’s pretty much heaven. I mean, who doesn’t want to sleep in a fort? I used to rig blankets up in my bunk beds, but I had the top bunk. This meant I didn’t reap the full benefit since I could never figure out how to get sheets to hang from the ceiling. I also used to move the dresser out from the wall so I had a private play space. Anyway, sleeping nooks are kind of an all in one play/sleep space. Love them.

For more good kids’ design, peruse my past posts 43 Kids’ Rooms, 65 Rooms with Bunk Beds, and 27 Little Boys’ Bedrooms. If you’re in the market for a new kid’s bed, check out the styles in 18 Bunk & Loft Beds and 34 Beds for Boys. Finally, follow my Kids’ Spaces board on Pinterest!

REVIEWS: Top baby crib mattresses.

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101 Woonideeen

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70ºn Arkitektur

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Milk Magazine  –  Photo by Louise Desrosiers

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Family Living

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Scandinavian Deko

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The Greene Group

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Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living

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Skona Hem

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Hus & Hem 

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Matteo Thun Architects

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Rusta Upp

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Shoot Factory

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Folio

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Alison Davin, Jute Home

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Bonne Soeur(s)

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Hus & Hem

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Shazalyn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors
via My Notting Hill

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Dwell

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House to Home

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Sunset Magazine

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Montage: 22 Exterior Glass Doors

This very minute I’m in the quad awaiting the annual Maypole dances at my son’s school. It’s gorgeous out —green, flowering, and sunny. When the kids were small, I’d perch on the playground bench equipped with my laptop. These days, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort since conditions are less than ideal. Although we live on the “garden” level, first floor Back Bay, Boston condos aren’t outfitted with much in the way of outdoor space. On  a whim, we looked at two houses across the river in Cambridge. One had such a lovely city-like patio and yard, I was tempted.

I’ve pulled together a collection of 22 exterior spaces all accessed by wonderful (mostly) glass exterior doors. There are the obvious sliding doors and French doors, but these are unique wood slat and metal-frame versions. I’ve included plenty of traditionally-hinged doors, though their shape, size, and applications are anything but run-of-the-mill. An  accordion door is incredibly appealing, and sadly not so common in the Northeast. (One could do accordion room dividers, however. I’ve seen a few amazing photos of these on Pinterest.) Interiors with sliding barn doors have become hugely popular; I found one outdoor example, included here. The most amazing exterior doors, aside from having a garage door in your living room, which I’ve always thought was cool, are glass pivot doors. I’ve found a number of gorgous examples for you. Every category could easily get its own post—which do you like best?

F R E N C H  D O O R S 

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Steven Harris Architects

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Home of designer Richard Shapiro –  Photographer Lisa Romerein

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Home of artist Rirkrit Tiravanija
Aroon Puri Tuttle and Neil Logan, Fernlund + Logan

A C C O R D I O N   D O O R S 

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Pitzo Kedem Architects – Photographer Amit Geron

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William Tozer Associates

B A R N   D O O R 

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Sunset Magazine

G A R A G E   D O O R S

Randall Mars

Randall Mars Architects

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The Novogratz

T R A D I T I O N A L L Y   H I N G E D   D O O R S

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Elding Oscarson

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Govaert & Vanhouette Architects

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Richard Shapiro – Photographer Lisa Romerein

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Photographer Mark Bolton

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Home of Ben David of bedding company Kas

S L I D I N G   D O O R 

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Atria Arquitectos – Photographer Edgar Cezar

P I V O T   D O O R S

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Home of Dwell magazine founder Lara Deam  –  Sand Studios

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T38 Studio

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Est Magazine

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Dear Architects – Photographer Karen Mendoza

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The Selby

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Lake|Flato Architects

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Graux & Baeyens

FOLLOW S T Y L E C A R R O T  ON P I N T E R E S T

Outdoor Spaces
Pools & Water
Architecture

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Montage: 28 Modern Pools

Having been down to Delray Beach, Florida three times in the last three months, I’ve become pretty spoiled about having a pool right outside my front door. It may be a pool we share with ever-bobbing seniors, but the water is 90-degrees and it’s right outside our door (Oh, did I mention that already?) Over the weekend, I was enjoying the gorgeous weather in Boston thinking, “I wish I could go for a dip.” So not happening.

Summers for us are devoid of swimming pools too. The Outer Cape is known more for its beaches and kettle ponds than manmade watering holes. But if I could have a pool, I imagine a modern pool, a sleek strip alongside the house. Other pools I’ve enjoyed include the chichi pool at the Delano in South Beach, though I haven’t been since they first opened in the mid-’90s (hung poolside with Calvin and Kelly Klein, Barry Diller, David Geffen, and other A-listers that Thanksgiving weekend), and the very simple pool at a villa I stayed at in the outskirts of Florence. Pure and simple, surrounded by grass, where I enjoyed the best Caprese salad too. Enough reminiscing and onto daydreaming with this collection of mostly modern pools.

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Kelly Klein’s Palm Beach getaway – Architectural Digest 

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Studio William Hefner

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Padraic Cassidy Architecture

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“Pretty Beach House” vacation rental in Sydney, Australia

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Bates Masi Architects

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DVA Arhitekta

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Anthony Exter Landscape Design  –  Sunset Magazine

Modern Pool New England Siemasko + Verbridge

Siemasko + Verbridge – Photographer Eric Roth

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Ong & Ong

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Mell Lawrence Architects

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Bates Masi Architects

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Villa Mayavee in Phuket, Thailand  –  Tierra Design

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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

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Home of artists Peter + Helen Cole  –  The Design Files
Photographer Sean Fennessy  –  Stylist Lucy Feagins

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Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

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Rui Ventura

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BC Arquitectos

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Photographer Richard Powers  –  Vogue Living Australia

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Home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne  –  Architectural Digest

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Assadi + Pulido

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Simljan Radic

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Chen + Suchart Studio

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Marie Laure Helmkampf

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Isay Weinfeld Arquitetura

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4D-Arquitetura

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Kaufman Desert House, Palm Springs by Richard Neutra

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Laplace & Co.

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