Brierfield Farmhouse: Outdoor Living Spaces

At the FLOWER showhouse at Brierfield Farm, the comforts of home extend outdoors, including a covered front porch, the Hayfield Terrace, and a comfy seating area surrounding a fire pit

For a full tour of the outdoor living spaces at Brierfield Farm, watch the video above led by Mary Evelyn McKee, interior designer of the 2021 Flower showhouse.


A classic lantern on a rustic post marks a stepping stone path that leads to the farmhouse entrance. The post is based on a sketch of a traditional New Orleans design provided by Drew Bevolo, the third-generation owner of Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, which has been based in the city for more than 75 years. Builder Larry Gemmill fabricated the wooden post, which holds one of Bevolo’s handcrafted lanterns.

outdoor lighting, copper lantern and wood post

Front Porch

Brick floors add a textural element to the front porch, which features Adirondack chairs for taking in the views.

covered porch spanning the length of the house, Flower Showhouse

Hayfield Terrace

Off the back of the house, the Hayfield Terrace, with bluestone tiles and brick detailing, is enclosed by a low fieldstone wall showing off planters full of seasonal flowers and grasses. One side of the terrace offers alfresco dining, with a teak table and chairs that are brightened with pillows, textiles, and copper lanterns. The other side offers more seating options with armchairs, a sofa, and a barrel chair.

stone patio, outdoor seating, Flower magazine showhouse
outdoor dining table and chairs, Flower magazine showhouse
stone farmhouse, Flower magazine showhouse
Exterior view of the house and Hayfield Terrace

Fire Pit

Beyond the Hayfield Terrace, the farm stretches out as far as the eye can see. One focal point in the landscape is an outdoor cooking spot nestled in a copse of hardwoods and pines. More than a mere grill, the fire bowl design serves multiple purposes: The removable flat outer rim is ideal for cooking everything from eggs and bacon to delicate fish and vegetables. For classic grill marks, there’s the center grate insert. Remove the grate, and it transforms into a fire pit just right for s’mores.

Arteflame firepit and chairs
a trio of young children roast marshmallows over a firepit
S’more time!

Produced and Styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Text by Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by David Hillegas | Floral Design by Suzanne Graves of Wildflower Designs

On the Cover: The inviting living room at Brierfield Farm, our countryside showhouse, exudes warm and comfort with a palette that takes its cue from the surrounding setting. Photographed by David Hillegas.

This story appears in Flower magazine’s September/October 2021 issue on newsstands August 31. Subscribe or find a copy in a store near you.