Photo By: Megan Martin; Design By: Elizabeth S. Vaughan, In-Site Interior Design, Inc.
Photo By: Elk Studios LLC
Container Garden Brightens Urban Balcony
An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.
This outdoor space makes use of multiple levels to create areas for relaxing, entertaining and playing. Up top, a cafe table sits on the tile patio. Down below, a basketball hoop awaits the weekend game.
Urban Patio With Wood Privacy Fence and Dark Brown Wicker Sectional
Rather than pay to remove the unsightly metal fence from her Chicago apartment patio, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs covered it up with stained and pressure-treated lumber. The horizontal panels create privacy that the pre-existing metal fence didn’t offer. Red chairs provide a fun pop of color against the brown and gray tones of the patio.
A new entrance from the stairs gives this Brooklyn rooftop a clean, industrial look that is reflected in the straight-lined wood and metal furnishings. The gray and umber palette blends with the urban surroundings and creates a serene spot to relax.
Barefoot in the Park: Added Square Footage With a Rooftop Lawn
The owners of this New York penthouse apartment added overall square footage to their home by creating a rooftop entertaining spot. The concrete planter houses low maintenance shrubs and the synthetic turf feels great on bare feet.
Urban Patio with Prefab Screen and Low-Maintenance Plants
A screen adds coziness to an outdoor area, and this prefab screen is cheaper than a custom one. It's only on one side of the patio and is topped with an smaller "eyebrow" arbor. St. John Landscapes also saved costs by using low-water, low-maintenance plantings in the award-winning San Francisco backyard project.
Urban Patio With Dining Area and Hot Tub Featuring Brick Red Fabrics and Colorful Plants
In the backyard of a garden apartment, designer Elizabeth S. Vaughan worked to add personality, using items that are easy to take along in a move. “Clients love when we add garden oddities like the bronze rabbit lantern on the steps,” she says. Note, also, the varied container plantings and color-coordinated chair cushions and umbrella.
Bright blue accents and lush plantings brighten this urban terrace, creating an ideal spot to unwind or to entertain friends. A clean-lined woven sofa mixes with basket-weave chairs in a rubbed gold finish, resulting in a comfortable space that's at once modern and cozy. A "wall" of plants behind the seating area adds privacy and turns the space into a true outdoor room.