When Nashville’s weather gets too hot for fires, ceiling fans cool off on a beautiful porch designed by Markham Roberts. A teak sofa and armchairs from Restoration Hardware face the flames. Real estate property
Chimney on the roof
The main attraction of this deck in northern New York? The black chimney, of course. “We’ve already had a lot of big parties up there,” says architect and owner Gray Davis.
Outdoor living room
“I wanted it to look like the interior furniture was dragged,” says Martyn Lawrence Bullard, of this Los Angeles patio. He covered sofas and chairs with cloth arms in perennial cloths, and then arranged the luxurious pieces around an elegant robe.
Classic brick fireplace
An old stone table two and a half meters from Dalle de Bourgogne houses the outdoor buffet at this Los Angeles house. Peter Dunham designed the neoclassical iron furniture next to the flames, but also a huge banquet branches by the fireplace.
Fireplace on the balcony
An outdoor fireplace made the porch the most popular room in a vacation home. Designer Jane Hawkins Hoke chose Benjamin Moore’s Army Green for the door and the floor, but it’s the reproduction on the oven that catches the eye.
Even small yards may have flickering flames. In a getaway in Ojai, designed by Frances Merrill of Reath Design, the family spends cold nights around the fire in the courtyard.
Al Fresco Entertainment
A single from SoCal by Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas takes the game to the balcony, thanks to a television set over the fireplace. Guests can enjoy everything in the Love Provence armchair and on the St. Barts teak loungers, both of Restoration Hardware.
No records, no problems. Matthew Quinn chose a convenient gas fireplace for an abandoned Atlanta porch, heating the space on cold nights. Ballard Designs pots are inspired by bottles of olive oil.
Bonfire by the lake
Lucky guests of the Thom Filicia lake house in New York can enjoy the sunset in style. If the flames of stacked stone fire don’t generate enough heat, cozy blankets do the trick.
Dinners look extra magical by a fireplace. With the table oriented at an angle, guests can sit near or away from the flames.
Designer Tobi Tobin faked a vintage fireplace by renovating her backyard in Hollywood Hills. The smoked brick came from an old courtyard. The additional atmosphere radiates from the chandelier to the candlelight, which can be raised and lowered with a tree-mounted pulley.
Fun is easy in this Newport Beach home, designed by Katie and Jason Maine. The Moorish sofas McKinnon and Harris framed by latticework frame the fireplace, with Michael Taylor’s Syrian capitals as coffee tables.