Fall Favorite: Outdoor Fireplaces


We had quite the exciting weekend here!  My oldest son (he turns 14 in two weeks) ended up in the ER with a dislocated kneecap as a result of jumping around with his buddies in a bouncy house.  Yes, a bouncy house.  He went to a bonfire this weekend that was quite a shindig – lots of people there, kids and parents alike. 

The unfortunate part of it was that we weren’t with him at the party, and I arrived to find him in a great deal of pain – in a bouncy house.  Fortunately, some of his friends’ moms were there to comfort him until I arrived, but boy is it tough to see your child in pain like that.  And I know exactly how it feels, because it’s happened to me.  I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, right?

(No, I wasn’t in a bouncy house when I dislocated my kneecap.)

Fortunately, his kneecap went back into place while the paramedics were moving him (yes, still in the bouncy house), and they didn’t have to do it manually.  (Ick)  So, he has a swollen knee and will be recovering over the next six weeks, with physical therapy starting on Wednesday.

But, rather than dwelling on the pain and suffering in this story – let’s focus on the warm and fuzzy positive – the bonfire.

The smell of leaves burning is one of those signature scents of the fall season, isn’t it? Fall is wonderful in that it still lends itself to outdoor activities, but sometimes you need a little something to keep the chill at bay. Warm cider. A cozy wool blanket. An outdoor fire. All of the above?

Who can resist?

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Aren’t those images just delicious?  I think that last image is my favorite!

Have you added an outdoor firepit or fireplace to your home?  I just love these warm outdoor spaces, and they just beg to be put to use during the fall season.  We have added one to our back patio – look for more on that soon!


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    Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    October 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    We have a fire pit we made when we did our patio and we use it all the time, but I would love to have a covered outdoor room with a giant fireplace ! It doesn't hurt to dream right?!

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    Jill Eldring
    October 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I have always wanted a fireplace on a deck, I love quite a few of those! We have an outdoor fire pit/place on our house to do list. There is some great inspiration here!

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    October 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I have a fear of my kneecaps dislocating after watching it happen to a fellow dancer while she slid into the splits… My husband thinks it's funny when I freak out about someone touching my kneecaps. I hope your son feels better soon! The last picture of the outdoor fireplace is my favorite, too! Beautiful!

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    October 24, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Wow each one is more beautiful than the next. I hope your son is feeling better, I can only imagine how that must have hurt.

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    Skylar Magazine
    October 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Wow! These are so gorgeous! I live in a condo and have a small fireplace inside, nothing fancy like those! Maybe someday though! I love the concept of the outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. I love the idea of sitting out there on a fall evening with a warm cozy blanket, layered up in my sweats and stuff, with a cup of hot cocoa! I do love the fall!

    My name is Sarah, I just discovered your lovely blog. I am also from Ohio. It's very rare to find other Ohioan bloggers. My blog is Skylar Magazine, I would love for you to stop by sometime, and you are welcome to guest blog if you'd like. Just let me know if you are ever interested.

    Well, you have a great evening. I look forward to returning soon!


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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    October 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Oh Jenny – your poor son! Hope he is feeling better soon.
    Love these inspiration images – we have a little fire pit but would like to add something more substantial eventually. It's on the great big dream list! Can't wait to see what you've done!

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    Ann from On Sutton Place
    October 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I would love a fire pit but so far we have no plans to add one. Your inspiration pics are awesome though…I would take any one of them! Hope your son is feeling better too.

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    mississauga MLS
    October 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I enjoyed looking at the fireplace photos. Are they made DIY or by renovators?

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    Kelly @ View Along the Way
    October 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    The story about your son made me SO queasy and uncomfortable for him – I hope he's feeling better! – and I'm glad you finished up the story with some relaxing pics. 🙂 I love an outdoor fireplace!

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    beela jhones
    December 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    All pictures are awesome. I really enjoyed your post.


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    Angelina Garcia
    April 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I have to agree; that last picture is also my favorite. There’s something about an outdoor fireplace that’s still in your porch, lined up with couches and just enough lighting that it won’t overpower the fireplace. It’s like enjoying the indoors and outdoors at the same time.

    Angelina Garcia

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    Sol Hendricks
    May 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I agree, but for me the ones that emulate the living room while being on the porch also appeals to me. Though I would like to have a way to weatherproof them; maybe some drop-down blinds in case it rains or if it’s too windy.

    Sol Hendricks

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