Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg. . .

A few years ago hubby and I vacationed in N.C., S.C., and Virginia.  One of the highlights of the vacation was touring Colonial Williamsburg.

I loved the quaintness of the village and both hubby and I love history.

One of my favorite things were the rustic walkways and entrances. And of course, let’s not forget their garden shop.  Absolutely fabulous!

When trying to decide exactly what I wanted to do in our fire pit I happened upon this picture in yes, my favorite magazine; Country Gardens.  The article was actually about how the paths were created in Williamsburg. Made from old and broken pieces of brick.


Right then and there I was back in Williamsburg and knew that this is what I wanted to do.

I had planned on doing it myself.  With hubby’s help of course, but then my body had a different plan.  I tore the Meniscus in my right leg and knew that I would not be able to get down on my knees to do it.

This was a blessing in disguise.  I called a brick layer.  Yes, a brick layer, not a landscaper.  I thought he would have more of an eye for designing the brick.  Turned out I was right.  Sure hope I don’t fall over patting myself on the back. lol!

I showed him the picture and young 25 year old Jason was willing to give it a try.  He said he had never done anything like this, but how different could it be than building a hearth?

He was a little nervous at first and asked me to hang close by in case he did something I didn’t like.


I had gathered brick and a few pieces of flagstone from 4 places.  My friend Joyce, my sister Jeanne, cousin Betty, and roadside trash.  He began by laying a few of each brick here and there throughout the fire pit.  Close at hand ready for him to start his magic.  He said it was like, “building a puzzle”.


Wait till you see his creation. It’s exactly what I had invisioned!


I love the flagstone here and there and pop of yellow.  That brick came from an old fireplace.




My son that bought our Highland home called me and said, “Mom I found a brick you need to put in your fire pit.  Oh yes! This brick came off of the old Jr. High and was given to us at our 20th reunion.  Always true to the White and the Blue, GO VIKINGS!  If I didn’t have a bad knee I would do you a cheer.  Now that’s a scary thought.


For now I put in this bench that I already had for seating.  The faux log seats I bought at Smiths Marketplace.  What do you think, like them?  They have even smaller ones.  I thought of buying two for my 2  year old grandies‘


We will be trying out our new pit next Tuesday for hubby’s birthday, can’t wait!

I’d love to hear what you think about our new fire pit.  Jason did a fantastic job don’t you think?



I am so excited to say that Angie from Knick of Time featured my chicken feeder on her Knick of Time Tuesday Party.  Thank you Angie!  Please hop over and visit her and see the other wonderful features.  I am sharing my fire pit with her party this week.

I will also be sharing with:

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

Debbie Doos Copycat Challenge

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday

My Turn for Us for Freedom Fridays


Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my! Love it, love it, love it! Now I want one! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow! This is just beautiful! Jason did a wonderful job along with your inspiration. What a super place to have bonfires and parties. I love the faux wood stools too. Enjoy! Blessings, Pamela

allisamazing said...

He did a fabulous job! Your firepit area is amazing :)

Barbara F. said...

WOW! Young 25 year old Jason did a fantastic job. Isn't it wonderful to see what you had envisioned unfold right before you?! Enjoy, Jann. xo (I also had a tear in my meniscus from arthritis and had arthroscopic in 2009. )

Sam I Am...... said...

Wow! It's beautiful! It looks JUST LIKE that magazine picture! He is a very talented young man! Are they just set in sand and then filled with sand in between or is it that concrete stuff and then you water it and it hardens? Were the huge boulders there already? What a perfect setting and down low out of the wind....PERFECT!!!! Your fire pit area should be in a magazine!
Hubby should have a great birthday now! Unless the bill was really steep! LOL!

The Farmers Daughter said...

Its absolutely beautiful! and, your post brought back memories for me. I worked in Colonial Williamsburg (and so did John)until 2005. It will always be dear to my heart. I may have seen you there! So good to hear others enjoyed it as much as we did.

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

Jason did a fantastic job...and you deserve lots of credit too for your vision and your guidance. What a beautiful spot for friends and family to gather.

Michele said...


That is exquisite! And very much like Col Will! Love it- your brick layer is to be commended as well.

Nicely done to you both!!

(SO SO sorry about your knee, ouch!)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness, Jann, this looks amazing! I love it. I'm sure it was lots of hard work but it paid off! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Love it....send him over!!!!

poppilinnstudios said...

Jann, your fire pit is just beautiful! Perfect place for a party. Jason did a great job. Hope he took a lot of photos for his portfolio!

pembrokeshire lass said...

That looks incredible! so hope you enjoy it! Lovely ...lovely! Joan

pembrokeshire lass said...

PS I do hope that your knee recovers soon. Very painful I should think? Joan

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Hi there! Catching up on your blog!
Your garden looks so lovely! i love the mint. Now that will make a good cup of teat, and your pink are plentiful and pretty! Also, you did a wonderful Memorial Day post. Really beautiful and heartfelt. And lastly, (Boy how many posts did I miss?) Your fire pit looks so great and fun, now I want to come over and make s'mores! Jason did an awesome job. I am so glad you could see the bright side of your injured knee. Praying for a speedy recovery! Happy Birthday to your Dear Hubby!
Bless you,

NanaDiana said...

Jann, That young man did a fantastic job! AMAZING talent. You might have had the vision and idea but he certainly brought it into being. I hope you have many, many years of using it and your firepit- xo Diana

Perfectly Printed said...

Wow!!! It is lovely!! Wow!!


mimi_62 said...

Most beautiful pit I've seen. Love it!

Ann said...

An amazing outdoor space! Just wonderful.

camp and cottage living said...

It is just gorgeous. It sure looks like the same as the photo to me.
You really lucked out taking a chance with this young man-he's
got more talent than he realizes!

Peg said...

It is beautiful! Love it! I bet you are so excited to have it all done. It is truly a work of art. My compliments to Jason and of course to you for your exquisite vision. Can't wait to roast a marshmallow.

Linda said...

What a fabulous job Jason did! You are lucky you found someone so talented - it is simply beautiful!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Your fireplace area is absolutely stunning! What a special commemorative brick your son sent you. Now it is 'smores time! ;P

Fran said...

Wow! What a lovely outdoor space! The bricklayer did an amazing job making your vision a reality.

Nicole said...

Wow, jann, that is fantastic! I mean, that is just beautiful! And I would LOVE to tour colonial williamsburg someday. you know sort of thing is RIGHT up my alley. We have a cool living museum here in our small city that is a replica of our area in 1913, with many original buildings restored, etc. We love it there and go when we can. Anything old-timey, you know me!

Thanks for sharing and congrats on that GORGEOUS firepit! Fabbo!

Geneva said...

WOW! Your vision and Jason's hard work certainly made for a beautiful fire pit. That entire area looks wonderful!!! You'll enjoy it for years and years!

Light and Voices said...

A dream became a reality at your house. How grand that fire pit is.
Joyce M

Pamela said...

Its fabulous! We are actually getting a quote on one of these today!:)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

OMG!! It is fantastic and I am so green with envy!! LOL!!

Great job!


foreverdecorating said...

OMG this is breathtaking! I love it so much. I don't know if there is room, but some Adirondack chairs would be perfect around this firepit and more comfortable. What a creative genius he is.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Jason did a fantastic job! It looks so professional and so beautiful. Enjoy it!

Unknown said...

Okay if I pat you on the back for good thinking? The brickwork is just what I would be looking for!

Unknown said...

WOW, Jann. What a fabulous job! I am just amazed at the pattern. I know you will enjoy this area so much!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Jann!

I am LOVING your Colonial Williamsburg style brick pattern. It turned out fantastic.
I have been there many times and this brings back so many memories.
Those little log seats are adorable. Have fun on Tuesday!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow, wow, wow.....Ah-may-zing!!....That patio with the fire pit is out of this world beautiful....He did such a fantastic job...The layout of the brick is gorgeous...I love brick patios and I can see you spending many nights by the fire pit! Williamsburg is one of my very favorite places to visit...

Beth said...

It's fabulous, Jann! Simply stunning. It's great you have that special brick too.

Debbiedoos said...

Ok wait just a minute...the feeder is the bomb, but it has NOTHING on this project! WOWZA this turned out fabulous. Amazing job and copy. You should submit it to the magazine so they can see how it inspired you.

Sonny G said...

wow ~! that looks Fabulous..

pam {simple details} said...

Oh my, absolutely amazing! What a wonderful spot you've created, I can picture everyone enjoying a wonderful fire on a chilly evening!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Wow! You really went for it. I love how the patio and fire pit turned out. I'm very impressed with the "copycat" design.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Toni said...

Fabulous!!! Love the flagstone mixed with the brick. Your faux logs are the perfect touch.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a beautiful patio and firpit. I know you will have many happy times sitting around it. Thank you for hosting this fun party. Happy weekend!

Unknown said...

That young man is an artist! Just beautiful! You were so lucky to have found someone that could recreate what you designed. I am so jealous, I am just loving it. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays. And I know you are going to have a marvelous week at you sweetie's party enjoying that great patio.

Annette said...

Absolutely beautiful, Jann! You have an amazing artistic eye. What a fun project!

Unknown said...

This looks so great! I absolutely love the brick work! My husband and I have been contemplating on getting an outdoor fire pit since we just moved into our first house. I may actually take your idea of this brick patio, it would match the house so well! Thanks so much for sharing.