Entertaining outside during winter doesn't always seem practical, but this outdoor fireplace will give off enough warmth for a fun (if small) patio party. This setting has hot chocolate-and-smores written all over it.
And who says that the mantle need be only indoors? At Stanford University, we've spent many evenings with other grad school families gathered around a cheap little portable fire pit, with just as warm of memories as any.
There's nothing like an open-air fireplace to add warm up crisp outdoor evenings. Extend the patio season with a roaring outdoor hearth. I love how the stone chimney doubles as an exterior decor element, contrasting nicely with the cedar shingles.