I wonder if we could put that FP in that wall at the edge of the patio/LR? Or angle that corner into the patio?
Apartment entryways can be tricky because they tend to be VERY small - if they "technically" exist at all. A couple small details can make all the difference, though, and may even provide a sense of larger space.
Lawn edging idea - It allows the lawn mower to cut right up to the edge! Back yard idea