Warming Up Outdoor Spaces for Autumn

We don’t let fall’s cooler weather chase us inside just yet. A flickering flame - time honored ambiance harking back to our cave dwelling times - makes our outdoor spaces cozy, prolonging the joys of outdoor living.

The quickest way to ready any outdoor space for cooler weather is with a fire. Our co-founder, Anne Massie, brings her fire pit out from storage so that she is always able to enjoy her terrace into the autumn months. Fire pits add warmth when there is a chill in the air and provide a place to gather around while sipping hot chocolate or roasting marshmallows.

“Our father was tasked with building fires in his family’s farm house and he passed on to us the mechanics of building a fire starting when we were very young,” Anne recalls. “The right kind of kindling is the most important component to building a lasting fire.”

Anne notes that the very best kind of kindling can be scavenged in the woods from a downed pine tree. She calls it “light wood” and it is the part of the pine tree that retains sap. If light wood can’t be found, pine cones make another great natural fire starter.

The type of logs that you use in your fire pit or outdoor fireplace are also important. Seasoned oak is perhaps the most commonly used, but including a little piece of cedar can make your fire aromatic.

If a fire isn’t fitting for your space, outdoor heaters are a great alternative to keep the chill at bay. Co-founder Will Massie swaps out his large umbrella for two propane outdoor heaters to keep his terrace warm and inviting throughout the cooler months. Adding soft layers with wool blankets or cashmere throws creates an even cozier atmosphere.

The autumn night sky brings a flicker all its own, making it a perfect time of year for stargazing. Both Anne and Will enjoy lighting candles outdoors in the evenings rather than using artificial lights to create a gentle glow that won’t drown out the starry night sky. Anne often puts out antique Moroccan lanterns with candles to illuminate the terrace and path to the pool, while Will prefers placing a multitude of votives with tea lights throughout the garden.

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