Magazine article Sunset

All Aglow: How to Fire Up Your Backyard for Outdoor Living

Magazine article Sunset

All Aglow: How to Fire Up Your Backyard for Outdoor Living

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Gather around a firepit wall ...

Overlapping panels of ipe wood and colored concrete flank the firepit in this backyard in Los Altos Hills, California. Stone veneer forms a chimneylike background for the flames, creating a classic focal point for this true outdoor living room. DESIGN Kate Stickley and Natasha Libina, Arterra Landscape Architects, San Francisco (arterrallp.com)

Plant living torches

Golden flower plumes of Miscanthus sinensis shimmer and sway over grassy leaves.

Add shadow casters

Small well tights positioned close to the dark walls create contrasting pools of warm light.

Light open flames

A firepit fueled by natural gas is the patio's irresistible centerpiece.

Metal art

The angular Geometric Firepit looks good even without a fire. Available in carbon steel with a rust patina (pictured) or slate-colored Cor-ten steel, it's hefty (130 lbs.) but compact (about 14 in. high, 31 in. square). From $1,195; dwr.com

Bonfire-to-go

Grab the rope and take this chemical-free birch stump anywhere, even to a firepit at the beach. …

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