Before fall really gets going, I wanted to show you the changes we made to our terrace. Apart from the doors and ceiling needing a lick of paint, a lamp and a new tabletop, our little piece of heaven is pretty much finished.
I grew up on the countryside in a house with a big garden, so when we started looking for an apartment to buy, a small outside space was definitely on the wishlist. Our terrace isn’t big, but spacious enough to enjoy summer dinners, it has direct sunlight in the afternoon and most of all it’s pretty quiet. We live on a busy street with lots of traffic but our terrace is at the back, enclosed by buildings that are luckily far away and allow ample light.
Looking at the before and after, there’s nothing really permanent we changed yet, but it feels like a big difference. George sure seems to think so, and he takes every opportunity to hop outside, smell the fresh air and enjoy the sunlight. He was the main reason why I added the tiki tiki vibes in the form of the reed fence, so he wouldn’t jump after a bug, 4 stories down. So far so good, although I avoid leaving him unattended, I’ve read and heard too many horror stories. It’s a pleasure seeing him napping in the sunlight while I work.
Because we had to work with the terracotta & yellow tile (like in our kitchen), I wanted to keep the color palette simple: neutrals in the form of black and white, natural materials like reed and wood and a splash of orange that was already in the floors but I brought back in the pillows. Like I said, now all there is to do is paint the doors black and replace the cheap tabletop by a real marble one, but that will be next summer’s project. Oh and keep the plants alive, that too.
Benches, long pillow, basket, faux sheepskin, chairs and white metal planters from IKEA // Golden candleholder from H&M home // Table, thrifted (it was €2,5) // Reed fence , terracotta pots and all plants from Van Uytsel // Printed pillows from Maisons du Monde