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March 19, 2015
Days are getting longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and gardens are once again blossoming with life. What better way to celebrate springtime than cozying up at the hearth of an outdoor fireplace, while gazing at the stars?
Minimal fire pit in Oakland

Made with a Cor-Ten steel base and polished concrete, the lush surroundings of this Oakland Hills fire pit make the area seem miles away from everything. "In daytime it is a simple gathering area for a group of seven to eight,” Stefan Thuilot, landscape architect, explains. “At night it’s a poetic environment where the flames create a glowing view of the steel base."

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Originally appeared in Simple, Concrete-and-Steel Fire Pit in Oakland
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Wooden bench and fire pit in backyard

To build this Redondo Beach fire pit, the designer creatively wrapped wooden boards around the concrete, as it dried, to create an impressive texture.

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Originally appeared in Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach
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Modern outdoor sunken seating area by Hufft Projects

Architect Matthew Hufft modeled this sunken fire pit after the recessed gathering areas made popular in 1960s and 70s interiors. “Climbing down into the pit feels very intimate,” says Hufft.

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Modern outdoor fireplace area with wooden benches

This outdoor fireplace is one of the only remnants of a midcentury ranch house in Austin, originally built by Jonathan Bowman, and now owned by husband-and-wife design team Elizabeth Alford and Michael Young.

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Modern family gathering at the outdoor fire pit

The sprawling ranch-style house and rolling hills of the Springfield, Missouri property surrounding Hannah and Paul Catlett’s earthy fire pit couldn’t be more picturesque. "In the spring and fall, it warms you up on cool nights," says homeowner Hannah Catlett, "and in the summer, it just adds ambience."

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Originally appeared in Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri
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South Side Porch of Industrial Bungalow in Phoenix

If the outdoor fireplace of this Phoenix home is difficult to spot, it might be due to its modern, linear appearance.

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vintage, fireplace, white walls

This Rose Bowl Flea Market find, at Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell's Los Angeles home, creates the perfect setting for a cozy spring evening.

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Originally appeared in The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays
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Minimal fire pit in Oakland

Made with a Cor-Ten steel base and polished concrete, the lush surroundings of this Oakland Hills fire pit make the area seem miles away from everything. "In daytime it is a simple gathering area for a group of seven to eight,” Stefan Thuilot, landscape architect, explains. “At night it’s a poetic environment where the flames create a glowing view of the steel base."

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