Home Project: An Urban Terrace

Angus Fergusson for House and Home

When we moved into our little Kennington flat last year, we totally missed the boat on prettying up our terrace. To be honest, it took the best part of three months to save up and gradually furnish our new home since most of the money we had set aside for a trip to New York was sucked into the deposit and first rent, and we were moving from a fully furnished flat-share in Ladbroke Grove. But that’s all okay though, no regrets there! I’m really grateful we stumbled upon the flat (on Gumtree of all places! If you live in the UK, you know what I mean) and it was down to dumb luck that we even had the savings to dip in at the time that it became available.

Something I love about our home is how much light there is (tons!) Not only does it tower above the streets from the top (third floor) of an imposing Georgian house, but for a one-bedroom flat, it is graced with five large windows and an additional glass door leading onto the outdoors terrace. The latter is approximately 3 x 2 meters and with no vis-a-vis, which is really great. Naked barbecuing anyone? Just kidding.

Hecticophilia - Urban Terrace Inspiration

If I tell you all this, as you might have guessed, it’s because I’ve started to seriously think about what to do with the space. My mom is coming to visit for a short weekend at the beginning of May, my dad and stepmom will come for a long weekend in June, and I predict we will have plenty of guests stopping by through the summer for drinks, food or a short stay to enjoy the capital. Not only that but with the early Summer we’ve been getting in London lately, it would be silly not to, don’t you think?

We have just three weeks from today to sort the terrace out and as usual, not a crazy budget to spend, so I’ve been looking around this week and started building a wish-list, from decking to luscious plants, outdoor rugs, dining sets and benches to fairy lights… I can see we’re going to have to make some pretty drastic decisions and I’ll be sharing some favourites right here on the blog so you can tell me what you think.

In the meantime, I declare that Project Terrace has officially started! And as far as inspiration goes, these caught my eye this week. They are all up on my new Pinterest Board, appropriately linking to each original source so don’t hesitate to have a look. I would really love to hear from you if you have any recommendations of sites to look into when it comes to Outdoors Shopping and I look forward to keeping you posted with our progress!

Hecticophilia - Urban Terrace Inspiration 2

Find more urban terrace inspiration on my Pinterest board here! And let me know if you have any e-shop recommendations in the comments below.

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April 19, 2015

I'm so excited for your terrace project! I'm also in the DIY swing of things (but unfortunately not my own balcony as I've written it off as a hot mess haha). Promise me you'll call me if you go to IKEA/Homebase/B&Q etc. I LOVE home decor trips! xx

Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

April 19, 2015

It's exciting @Jasiminne! I just need to figure out how to slim down my wish-list to fit our budget and get a good sense of which shops to focus on. We don't have a car so I'm not sure we'll trek very far and will probably order online for a delivery instead. Keeping you posted and good luck with your own DIYs!

Honey (The Girl Next Shore)
April 20, 2015

I love love love your flat, Jesse. And yes, I am hinting on another blogger/foodie superheroes soiree! Haha! x

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