Over the summer one of our neighbors purchased an affordable fire pit (or "hippie campfire" model) for all of us to enjoy, and during the warmer months our next door friends notably enjoyed many of nights sharing wine, laughs and warmth by the glow of an open fire. We should tell them they've blazed alongside tastemakers and celebrities according to today's New York Times! The trend of outdoor fireplaces inspired by the likes of the Parker Palm Spring Hotel are becoming central and prominent fixtures in the backyards of homes in Venice and Silver Lake. Our favourite cited being a Brentwood fireplace with Venetian-crystal chandelier and a tree-hung that really takes the insides out, an extreme (and luxurious) extension of the outdoor California lifestyle that makes the humble fire pit outside a bit quaint....
We had not heard the term the "poor man’s pool" until reading the NY Times' Fireplaces Step Out for Air (maybe because we're more closely aligned with the term than we know), but we have to say after our own recent experience with a outdoor fireplace on a cool evening we can attest to an outdoor fireplace's magical ability to make even just sitting around doing darn well nothing a special and romantic experience (to come to think about it, doing nothing is a luxury).
Here's a few modern and affordable to less than affordable outdoor fireplaces to brighten up your background or commons area:
- Blomus - 12" Fuoco Tabletop Gel Fire Pit
- Wall Mount Indoor / Outdoor Gel Fireplace
- Portable Propane Fire Pits RV Sytle
- Roundell Firepit
[Photos: Stephanie Diani]