Retail Therapy: Cozy Modern Fire Pit Roundup

When you think of California it is often accompanied by visions of sunshine.  So when you think of the Bay Area, most people think of it looking like this:



But in reality summers can often look like this:



So Hubby and I have been fantasizing about creating a cozy place to chillax around a fire pit.

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We often hang out in our backyard, but our front yard doesn’t see much action.  So, we’ve decided that the front yard, or more specifically the front porch, will be the ideal place to create a cozy and warm spot by the fire.

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I’ve been on the look out for clean lined, modern fire pits and thought I’d share a few of my favorites.

Modern Fire Pit Roundup


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Our final choice will be driven by a few factors: 1) Price – we are budget conscious and don’t want to spend too much, 2) Practicality – we are leaning towards propane, easy to shut off and safer around our kids, and 3) Design – of course design is important, but it is not the most important part of the mix.  We need it to comfortably fit our rectangular space, while allowing for a good amount of seating, plus we want it to serve as a table when not in use.  That’s a lot of requirements, I think all of these meet two of the three requirements, but none meet all three.

So, the search continues.  Which one is your favorite?

Monica Schneider - I like your article on fire pits. Which did you finally decide on? I am looking for one that is modern for logs but want a large one – having trouble finding a nice one that is big enough for 5 chairs to go around.

isadorag - Hi Monica,

Ultimately, I didn’t pick any of them. My ideal firepit would have been a taller/rectangular version of #2. Because of where I was putting it, I needed something rectangular. RH has great designs similar designs similar to #2 in a rectangular version, but all of them are low to the groud and require you to keep the propane tank externally under a separate tank cover. I didn’t want anyone to trip over the gas line from the tank so I wanted a design that could fit the tank inside the table. If you want logs, my favorite one is #6, but it might be too small for fitting 5 chairs around. Good luck with your search.


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Interior: Restful Traditional Colonial Bedroom

Traditional Indigo Bedroom Design

For this project I used a few existing elements in the homeowner’s bedroom to serve as my jumping off point, namely: indigo and carved wood.  With that as my starting point, I created the inspiration board above, featuring these two elements and kept the style more traditional/transitional to fit in with the rest of the home.  Once the design direction was established, I pulled together the pieces in a design board so that we could turn the vision into a reality.

Restful Traditional Transitional Colonial Bedroom Design Mood Board, Indigo, carved wood

What I love about this room is that while it is more traditional, the introduction of the dark carved wood and hammered metal lend the space a traveled look.  Here are the sources for this Restful Colonial Bedroom:

White drum semi-flushmount ceiling light, Bamboo Shades; Floral Curtain Panel; Ikat Slipper Chair; Carved Bench; Blue and Grey Rug; Nightstand rubbed Black; Table Lamp; Indigo Pillow; Lumbar Indigo Pillow; Upholstered Headboard with Nailhead detail;  Pierced Metal Stool used as a side table.

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Vintage Finds: May 2015

Vintage army blanket, brass mirror, African weaving, rustic metal baskets

This month I finally got to browse around the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  I tried going last month, but the weather was abysmal; as soon as I got there it started pouring down with rain and all the vendors started packing up.  Plus it was super cold.  This month I got lucky.  Clear weather but not hot, so I could have spent hours browsing the aisles without the sun pounding down on my head.  My loot for the day?  A beautiful vintage geometric Kuba weaving from Congo, $35.  I also managed to score a cool vintage grey army blanket for $20 (you can find similiar ones here) and a pair of vintage aluminum wire baskets for $20.  The score of the day? A handcrafted brass mirror from Morocco for a mere $7.  Total damage $82.

I could have stayed all day, but I had to get back home to take the kids to a birthday party.  Still, I was pretty happy with my treasures.  Now, to figure how I’m going to use my new stuff.  Of course, it would all be perfect for my imaginary country house. 😉

Monika - Love that fabulous grey blanket. Total score!

isadorag - Agree. Plus you can’t really see it in the pic, but it has some cool faded stenciled letters.

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Retail Therapy: Hex Appeal for the Home

Hexagons for the Home

I’ve had a crush on hexagons for a while, see here and here.  But honestly, I thought that by now my crush would have faded.  Not so.  I still get weak in the knee when I see a well designed hex.  So, I thought I would share some of my favorite hexagons for the home.  That way you too can easily bring this fabulous, yet simple modern shape into your home.  Bonus, many of these beautiful pieces are from vendors on Etsy, so you know that if you buy them you’re supporting artists and artisans.

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Bottom from left to right: 1 | 2 | 3


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Look for Less: Warm Modern Cabin

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that I’ve developed an unexpected yearning for a rustic retreat.  So, for this installment of the Look for Less, I thought I would tackle a rustic retreat that has a decidedly modern look.

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Hubby and I dream of finding a place in the country with plenty of fresh air, and room for the boys to explore.  Of course, we would want it to be a fixer, so that we can interpret the space to suit our needs and preferences.  However, if we found a home that looked as welcoming as the inspiration home, we probably would just bring our PJs.  The inspiration home belongs to artist Nikolas Piper and was originally featured in Elle Decor Spain.  Have a look at the whole feature; it’s a great example of blending old architecture with a warm modern spirit.

The key to the look in this room is keeping things monochromatic and natural.  I managed to pull this look together for $2104.  That includes SIX dining chairs and two statement pendants! If you look at the inspiration home, while the room is natural it has a definite mid-century tendency. So in keeping with that, I brought in pieces that maintain the clean lines and wood tones, even if not exact replicas.  And, can you believe I found a Swan chair lookalike at Lowe’s? Nice!



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