Urban Terrace Makeover with Homebase
I’m excited to share today’s post with you because it has been about two months in the making! I first wrote about my plan to give our little London terrace a makeover in April and six weeks ago, I had no idea how fun this project would turn out to be, or that Homebase would kindly offer to give me a hand. Perhaps we should start at the beginning, and take a look at what the space looked liked beforehand.
Not terrible, but not exactly inviting, what do you think?
Clearly the challenge was to play with perspective, texture and colour to make the space look brighter, bigger and cosier so that we could take maximum advantage of the terrace from morning to evening: sipping a coffee outside before hopping on the tube to work, relaxing with a paperback after a long day at the office, and having friends over for drinks as often as we could.
If you read the project update last week, you will know that we tackled the decking and screening first to make the space more private and inviting. We also settled on a colour palette of greys as backdrop, which I guess is not an obvious choice for an outdoors area, but I’m really glad we did because I think it looks quite chic. Added bonus, any other colour that you choose (homewares, soft furnishings) will really pop against it.
We have loved coming up with ideas to furnish and decorate the terrace of course, and compared several online retailers to match our budget. This is one of the reasons why I was so pleased with Homebase and would recommend you keep them in mind if you’re in the process of sprucing up your outdoors area: first they have an extensive range of products in different styles (I shared three city-inspired looks on this post) and second, a lot of what we loved was excellent value. I rounded up our main picks so that you can find them easily!
Our terrace centrepiece is the Peru Garden Bench (£64.99), decorated with Beige Seat Cushions (£12.99) and Kiwi Outdoor Cushions (£9.99). We also grabbed a fitted Cover (£14.99) to protect it from the temperamental London weather. The bench has a beautiful rich colour and it’s very sturdy, sitting two people comfortably.
Next, we chose the large and colourful planters Allum in Black (£29.99), Allum in Ocean (£14.99), and Messina in Green (£14.99). I really like them, I think they’re super modern and help frame the space. We then spend a long time marvelling at the huge variety of plants available at the Battersea store. From architectural plants to climbing plants, fruit trees, bedding plants, garden shrubs and herbaceous plants, it was very hard to pick.
We settled on a gorgeous Crimson Bottlebrush Splendens (£25), a Cordyline Red Star (£10), and a Pieris Forest Flame (£5). The team in the store was really helpful and explained both how to plant them and care for them in detail. My gardening experience is very limited so I felt a little bit like a kid in a candy store. For decorative but also useful purposes, we also threw in a pretty Watering Can (£9.99) and Hand Trowel (£7.99).
Now, I would love to know:
Are you giving your outdoors space, garden or terrace a makeover at the moment? What do you think of our makeover? If you have any questions, tips or recommendations, don’t hesitate to share!