You are looking at stamped concrete my friends. Seriously. I was floored when I saw this and after a little research I found a link to a similar looking concrete stamp (click here). The applications are exciting to think about; deck, commercial floor/ office, or basement. Stained concrete and stamped can be a little pricier than standard poured concrete, but do make sure whoever you have install an application like this is well seasoned in installs like this one since it could be botched so easily. The above picture is from ASDierolf Concrete LLC from Texas and they know their stuff.
When plan A (a glass and steel contemporary structure) and plan B (a repurposed church house with 50' ceilings) were not feasable on this windy hilltop in Cape Breton, Eliot and Alexandra Angle decided upon a simply marvellous barn-style cottage that is as fresh as the air around it. Take a look inside.....
I am back from my brother's amazing wedding in Valencia, California and all I can think about is the amazing florals, great shopping, and all of the outdoor fireplaces. Everyone seems to have one! We stayed at the Hyatt Valencia, and dined each morning at Hyatt's Vines Restaurant, I noticed the outdoor fireplace by the pool and finally on our last night we noshed on Molten Chocolate Cake and coffee and took in the subtle warmth from the fire as the cooler night air touched our newly tanned bare legs and arms. It is one of my favorite memories from California.
The most time I spend outdoors is typically in the evening, so I pay particular interest to lighting up the outdoors. The River Rock Fire Bowl by Restoration Hardware is a steal at $699 regularly when compared to custom made which can range to the mid-thousands. The look of concrete and weathered grays is very warm and relaxing, isn't it?