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Get Inspired by These Amazing Outdoor Living Spaces

Now is the perfect time to be outdoors enjoying the crisp fall days and evenings before decking the halls and diving into the busyness of the holiday season. Turn your outdoor space into a year-round haven with the help of the experts at Bishop Hearth Home. From outdoor kitchens and fire pits to screened porches and comfortable outdoor patios, Bishop offers endless options to make the outside of your home as comfortable and livable as the inside. Here, we take a look at several innovative spaces Bishop has helped create to spark your imagination.

Bishop Hearth Home sells products ranging from outdoor furnishings and outdoor kitchen appliances to custom shutters and indoor and outdoor heating options. And as winter approaches, there’s nothing more appealing than sitting beside a crackling fireplace surrounded by family and friends. “What we’re seeing the most of, the biggest thing people are wanting for outdoor spaces, is a fireplace,” says William Ware of Bishop’s Memphis location. “I think a good-looking fireplace goes a long way, because your outdoor living space is really an extension of your home.”


This spacious screened porch features a fireplace installed by Bishop Hearth Home that adds warmth and coziness to the fully equipped dining space. Builder: Ken Garland | Architect: Charles Shipp | Decorator: Catherine Harris

A wing of this roomy screened patio is the perfect spot for an outdoor kitchen. The outdoor vent hood lifts smoke away from the space, allowing the owners and guests to enjoy the porch while food is being prepared. Builder: Ken Garland | Architect: Charles Shipp | Decorator: Catherine Harris

This versatile outdoor space features a large fireplace and infrared heating, making it a true extension of the home’s living space that can be enjoyed at all times of the year. Builder: Ken Garland | Architect: Charles Shipp | Decorator: Catherine Harris

Bishop carries include Primo ceramic smokers, Fire Magic gas grills accessories and True refrigeration products among its outdoor kitchen options. Builder: Ken Garland | Architect: Charles Shipp | Decorator: Catherine Harris

Outdoor fireplaces these days offer all the comforts of an indoor space — mounted TVs, decorative mantels and stylish hearths. And Bishop focuses on giving homeowners functional spaces that best meet their specific needs. “We install our fireplaces ourselves,” William says. “The majority of the time we’re working with builders instead of the customer, but we work with the customer to pick out the design of the fireplace and the size, and whether they want wood-burning or gas logs.”

Of course, enjoying an outdoor fireplace requires comfortable outdoor furniture. And Bishop Hearth Home helps customers in that area, as well. The company sells three main lines: Kingsley Bate, Oxford Garden and Telescope Casual. And when choosing furniture, it’s important to consider your space as well as your tastes. “Teak furniture is better if the space is not covered,” William explains. “If it’s an outdoor space that’s going to get wet, teak is your best option there. All of the cushions we sell are made from Sunbrella fabric, so they’re weather-resistant.”

Wicker is also a big seller. “Wicker is best for a covered porch or screen porch, and it comes in all different shapes and sizes and colors,” William adds. “There are a hundred different styles to choose from.”

This gorgeous hearth features stones and a wood mantel in a muted color palette perfect for a relaxing fireside respite. Image: Bishop Hearth Home

Bishop Hearth Home offers indoor and outdoor fireplaces. This breathtaking Isokern fireplace by Bishop is stately and traditional with a crisp, white palette that lends a thoroughly modern feel. Builder: Ken Garland | Architect: Charles Shipp | Decorator: Catherine Harris

On this screened porch, the fireplace area is designed for maximum comfort. “We did the fireplace, and the brick mason did that log niche for them,” says William. “It’s great to have — easy, close access to the wood, and it keeps it dry.” Builder: Price Hays | Image: Bishop Hearth Home

If a fireplace isn’t an option, or if an outdoor space is big enough to need additional heating, infrared heat is a popular choice. These stainless steel fixtures can be flush-mounted or ceiling-mounted, and they too come in different sizes and styles. “They’re sleekly designed, and especially in a bigger outdoor living area where a fireplace doesn’t suffice for the size of the space, they’re great to add, because they will add 10 to 15 degrees to the area they are heating,” says William. “They’re incredible. They’re not like the old school tower propane heaters. They’re very energy-efficient, because they run off electricity instead of propane gas.”

Along with cozy seating areas and efficient heating that can make a space enjoyable all year round, outdoor kitchens are another popular component of modern-day outdoor living spaces. Bishop sells and installs outdoor appliances ranging from grills, smokers and vent hoods to wine coolers, ice makers and refrigerator drawers — all the items that can turn an outdoor space into an entertainment haven.

The lines Bishop carries include Primo ceramic smokers, Fire Magic gas grills and accessories and True refrigeration products, among others. “Having a good grill is important for an outdoor kitchen area,” William says. “You want one that will last for a long time and perform well. And an outdoor vent hood is important to have, especially if you’re in a screen porch setting. It makes a big difference — it not only protects the structure of the house, but it keeps from smoking up that living space if you’re trying to cook and entertain at the same time.”

Teak furniture is a popular option among Bishop’s clientele. “If it’s an outdoor space that’s going to get wet, teak is your best option there,” William says. “All of the cushions we sell are made from Sunbrella fabric, so they’re weather-resistant.” Builder: Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner | Architect: Charles Shipp

Bishop sells teak furnishings in a variety of styles to suit a variety of outdoor rooms. Teak stands up well in uncovered spaces, like this slate patio. Builder: Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner | Architect: Charles Shipp

This multifunctional outdoor living space features zones for living, dining, cooking and entertaining. Builder: Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner | Architect: Charles Shipp

From built-in grills to outdoor refrigerators, Bishop sells a range of products that meet customers’ varied needs. Outdoor kitchens are a popular option for homeowners looking to enjoy their patios year-round. Builder: Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner | Architect: Charles Shipp

Wicker remains a popular choice among homeowners for versatile outdoor seating. Today’s wicker comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. And infrared heaters installed at the base of these sloping ceilings is subtle, effective and energy-efficient. Builder: Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner | Architect: Charles Shipp

Elegant outdoor furniture takes this poolside lounge to the next level. Image: Bishop Hearth Home

Bishop Hearth Home is all about function, but the company focuses on form, too. For customers looking to improve the aesthetics of their home’s exterior, Bishop sells custom shutters from two shutter manufacturers — composite shutters by Atlantic shutter systems and wooden shutters by Noralco.

So, as winter settles in, make sure your indoor-outdoor living spaces are warm, comfy and stylish!

All images are courtesy of George Hancock with Backey Media Group unless otherwise noted.

Thank you, William! Bishop Hearth Home is located at 1948 Vanderhorn Dr, Memphis, TN 38134. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (901) 384-0070 or visit bishophome.com.

This article is sponsored by Bishop Hearth Home

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