Fall is Coming: Fireplaces and Fire Pits

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Design: Norman Millar Architects & Judith Sheine; Image: Mark Mahaney for Dwell 

It could easily be argued that the title of this post should be “Fall is Here”, since it is already October and much of the Northern Hemisphere is starting to experience cooler temperatures. In Central Texas, where I live, that means highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s—not exactly fire building weather, but there will be more than a few cold evenings here as the year continues. Which is why I’m already thinking ahead about fireplaces and fire pits, and why I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.

Play the Angles

What I initially loved about this first fireplace is how the firebox is placed within a huge concrete volume that juts into the space. It’s not a huge fire but the hearth itself is wonderfully imposing and dramatic. When I learned that there’s an outdoor fireplace in the same concrete block on the other side of the wall—which also juts out at an angle onto a deck—I was hooked.

Do It Yourself

Fall is Coming: Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Design and Image: Man Made DIY

My house doesn’t have a fireplace, but I do love a fire now and then so I’ve been on the search for a great looking but simple fire pit. Now I’ve found a DIY recipe for this concrete beauty and may have to give it a try!

In and OutFall is Coming: Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Design: Fearon Hay; Image: Patrick Reynolds

How’s this for a swell idea? A hanging, swiveling fireplace positioned for using either indoors or out? This is the kind of idea I’m definitely holding onto for the next house.

In the GroundFall is Coming: Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Design: ras-a inc.; Image: Spencer Lowell for Dwell

If I were ever to create a permanent outdoor fire pit, this is the kind of thing I’d go for.

Will you be using your fireplace or fire pit this fall?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.