Since closing on our place early this year, we’ve been making little renovations here and there. The kitchen semi-remodel is done and appliances and most furniture pieces have been purchased. Now thats it’s summer, its all about using our outdoor space. Whether you have a terrace, balcony or small patio, designing a small can come with its challenges.
Terrace via| Planet-Deco
Ive always wanted outdoor space and in New York City it’s either nonexistent or comes at a premium. This is why I had all intentions to take full advantage of ours once summer officially hit. Unfortunately, around the same time, demolition of a nearby building began which resulted in our terrace being used as storage space for random items brought from our previous apartment which didn’t go with my living room decor. All the dust and debris from the construction site has made its way onto our balcony. Even though we’re on the 14th floor, that has not stopped the soot from floating up and getting everywhere! However I’m determined to eat out there and have gotten lots of inspiration off my Pinterest Board (are we Pin pals, if not, girl what you waiting on?!)
Terrace via| Bekleidet
Terrace| via 30sMagazine
Now our terrace isn’t huge but it is big enough to fit a grill, table and chairs and perhaps a little reading nook. Our floor is concrete so instead of adding interlocking deck tiles, I’m going with a bright jute rug and colorful table and chairs. I find the key to maximizing out space without skimping on style or space is marrying functionality with aesthetics. Here are my tips:
- Go with folding tables. Although bistro tables are the norm, for my family size and entertaining purposes, that won’t work. So table models that can fold on both sides or come with a leaf to switch from table of 2 to 4 are ideal
- Opt for storage seating. In order to provide the most amount of seating, use storage chests that can dupe as duh, storage for grill accessories, blankets, lighting, etc AND as seating. Just throw on some cushions and you’ll be set.
- Light it up! My terrace has an outdoor electrical outlet so I plan on using it to light my string lights. They give the prettiest glow at night and definitely set the ambiance especially for our many wine tastings.
- Go green! I love plants but do NOT have a green thumb. I plan on mixing some faux greens with non-hassling live green plants and will use Pinterest for placement inspo.