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New York City Rooftop Terrace
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
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.
Night or day, this urban living room always has an incredible view. The white leather furniture mimics the white of the skyscrapers outside the window and makes a nice contrast with the dark wood floors.
Mixing up the ceiling levels give this apartment a loft-like, airy feel. Huge windows let in tons of light and a streamlined metal-and-wood staircase with lots of open space doesn't block sightlines across the room.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”
Urban Dining Room With Exposed Brick Walls and Wine Bottle Chandeliers
Exposed brick and enormous windows provide an urban backdrop for this dining room. A mix of seating around a long, wood dining table creates a casual atmosphere. Overhead, pendants made from repurposed wine bottles enliven the room both day and night.
Here's a trick made popular by New York City designers: if you don't have lots of wall space in your living room
but have a large collection of art, consider hanging pieces directly in front of windows that don't offer great views.
Modern Urban Garden with Cement Wall, Waterfall and Climbing Vines
The waterfall is a focal point in this modern, urban garden. The designer wanted to show the passage of seasons and wanted the existing concrete wall, which seems like a massive bunker, to be part of nature. There are multiple vines, including English ivy and Chinese and American wisteria, on either side of the waterfall.
Living Area: Glass-Encased Penthouse in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
With a clean-lined sofa, a low-profile coffee table and no wall art, the living area achieves a sleek, minimalist look. Concrete ceilings and exposed ductwork give a nod to the penthouse's urban setting.
Funky cabinets and floating shelves create an eye-catching wall in this hip, modern kitchen. A bright white, tile backsplash adds texture to the space while gorgeous, dark wood cabinets bring in warmth. Photos, maps, and books are lovely personal touches that sets this urban kitchen apart.