(Image from The New York Times article – here)
I have long admired Ina Garten’s home and gardens from the articles published and images shared. I recently caught the tail end of her cooking show and was caught by the scale of her firebowl. At 68 inches wide, the bowl is very wide (bigger than my dinning room table), but it is also elevated just below your waist thanks to a three-legged stand. The scale and height makes it so unique and complements the scale of the sounding architecture and landscape. The height & size are great for cocktail gatherings where people mingle compared to lounging around encircle. I was able to locate the same bowl via FireFeatures. The specifications denote 68NL Mild Steel Firebowl with three-legged stand, without the stand is about $4,300. Not necessarily a price point for everyone, but gets you thinking of a different scale/height to use a firebowl.
I attempted to find some images of the bowl with people around for scale, and this photo via Foodnetwork.ca episode guide was as close as I could get.
In reviewing the FireFeatures website, I found another project with a large bowl that included a mixed branch insert. Intrigued by the surrounding gardens, I located additional photos of the project. The property design is attributed to Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Brian E. Boyle, however I am unsure if they complete the garden design. I found the additional photos of the project via Yatzer.
The Barefoot Contessa episode I watched also included lighting designer Grey Yale, whose designs are featured throughout Ina’s home. He created the nighttime dinner lighting and used large helium balloons filled with lights flying over the barn patio area in addition to party lights in the trees. Despite fruitless efforts to find a photo of the party, I did find some 36’ white round balloons and LED balloon lights via Amazon you could use to recreate the look. I am going to give it a try, just need the right occasion to celebrate.