Wednesday, February 24, 2016

City Garden (Part 3)

Small Garden Ideas

When you live in a small apartment like me, you adopt any outdoor space as an extension of your home. One of the things that sold us on our current apartment was the cute little Juliet balcony off the living room. After years of living in apartments that had no outdoor living spaces, we jumped at the chance to have a little piece of the outside we could call our own. Even though the space is teeny tiny, we’ve made every square foot functional creating a seating area for two and planting a vertical garden. Do you have an outdoor space that you want to make the most of? Here are some tips for turning your small space into an outdoor oasis:



Having a small garden doesn't mean you can't make use of the space. One fines tay's. Townhouse owners has used atmospheric lanterns and delicate fairy lights to create a cosy dining area. 

Climbing Trellis

The tiny courtyard at the home of the interior designer Helen Green comprises of simple but elegant touches: a trellis of roses, a feature stone water plinth and plants potted in a variety of vessels, from wooden crates to wicker baskets and pewter milk pails.

Open Plan

Full-length bi-fold doors create a seamless meeting of the interior and exterior at this nineteenth-century Kensington townhouse and using similarly toned flooring adds to this continuous effect - a clever trick with colour that creates the illusion of space. 

Practical Magic

The trick to making use of any small space is to consider how every inch might work practically. Here, a sheltered spot provides the perfect dining area (because, let's face it, alfresco dinners can often be interrupted by rain showers) and the Juliet balcony offers support to a rattan swing chair. 

Modern Materials

This Kensington property was given a modern interior refurbishment and the garden was designed to reflect this. Formal lines were combined with contemporary materials like glass and stainless steel, and for a low-maintenance lawn, grass was replaced with artificial turf. 

Clean Lines

This city garden is party-ready. A bespoke barbeque is located a level down, near the kitchen, while the upper level features a basalt-clad fireplace and comfortable lounge seating. The combination of smart hard-wood flooring, the clean lines of the furniture and the Italian-designed lighting give the space a contemporary vibe. 

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