I dream of this fireplace in our back yard.
Sitting around it in comfy chairs, warm from the light and heat of the fire.
It would be perfect.
But sometimes waiting for perfect is a long time coming.
Especially when a fire place like that is upwards of $800. (or much more)
And we just don't have that kind of cash lying around.
Besides, the rest of our back yard is not yet fit for a beauty like that.
It's, shall we say, a work in progress.
But does that mean we don't make the most of what we have?
Does it mean we wait, unhappy, until things are just right?
We make do.
We surprise our wives with this when she comes home from an evening grocery run.
Using a bucket of sand from our trip to the beach earlier that day, some old bricks, wood he'd been saving for just such an occasion and some lights strung up kind of ramshackly (like that word?) my husband turned our driveway into something pretty nice.
The kids were all asleep. We sipped coffee under the lights, warmed our toes by the fire, listened to Nat King Cole and enjoyed what we have.
And we made plans for the future.
Whether we get that beautiful mid century fire place or not.
We'll still be happy.
And the next night we built a fire for the kids and we all roasted marshmallows.
They thought it was perfect too.
What are you waiting for?
Get out there and live life--perfect or not--just enjoy it.
Just to tempt you, or treat you, here are some more vintage enamel fireplaces.
Enjoy. Here, here, here, and here. I love them all!
Read this post to see a very cool Eichler house and the fireplace in its natural setting.