Q: A question for the green-thumbed among you, from a completely clueless urbanite! From my top floor flat, I can see part of the roof of the flat below. At the moment, it's being used as a platform for satellite dishes. I can't transform it into an official balcony - that would involve council planning permission, and buying the freehold to this already-rickety looking flat roof. I would then be solely responsible for its upkeep — you can see from the pictures that it's not in great shape. Plus the only way to access it is through the kitchen window, which is currently positioned over the sink!
I love fall. The only downside is that it means summer has come to an end and winter is around the corner — and with the shorter days and colder nights, we end up spending less and less time outside. Outdoor fire pits are the perfect solution for extending the backyard entertaining season, since they provide both light and warmth (not to mention, a cozy spot to gather!). Enjoy this roundup of inspirational outdoor spaces with fire pits, from our House Tours.
Inspired by memories of my grandfather's amazing gardens, paired with a love of the novel, The Secret Garden, I set out to transform my 100 square foot balcony into a "Secret Victory Garden Lounge" to call my own. Decorating a lounge-retreat falls within my comfort zone, but growing flowers and vegetables does not. Armed with some advice from local gardening experts, I've taken the plunge and started sowing this weekend using the following tips and techniques...
Our 450 square-foot live/work Canal Cottage was built in the 1920's. It was renovated a decade ago with several built-in features, including a queen bed, spacious couch and numerous storage cubbies. It's a delightfully unique mini-home & yard that we've decorated & upgraded on an extremely limited budget.
Air plants are fun because they can be displayed in a variety of containers to suit any style. The formal lines of geometric planters contrast especially nicely with the curved lines of air plants' unusual foliage. Also called tillandsia, air plants aren't limited to a single season. They grow all year long and are virtually impossible to kill. Just give them a good soaking once or twice a week, depending on your climate, and they'll look healthy and beautiful in your geometric container.