Sitting pretty

Outdoor fireplaces

Notched into a hillside retaining wall, this stone-clad fireplace is an elegant garden focal point. An arbor tops the gently curving wall, which includes built-in storage for firewood.

DESIGN: Michael Yandle, landscape architect, Ross, CA (415/464-0763). Patio furnishings: Linda Applewhite & Associates, San Rafael, CA (415/456-2757)