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?

Urban Terrace - Before and After

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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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!

Disclosure: This post is a collaboration between Homebase and Hecticophilia. If you’re interested in working with me, please head to my About page.

If you’d like to see more pictures of my home, you can check the following posts: Wall Art Refresh, The Dream Diaries, Welcome Back, Chasing Light, Scenes from a Weekend.


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June 2, 2015

Your balcony looks soooo nice and cozy (yet so roomy, and that view! My view is less architecturally interesting). I'm thinking of getting large potted plants for my balcony for privacy and maybe hanging some solar powered lanterns for the evening. But then my balcony is a lot smaller than yours so I don't have as space to be creative - can I just hang out on yours? x

Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

June 2, 2015

This is stunning. I love the flooring too! We're trying hard to revamp our garden this summer and I've definitely found Homebase to have the best plant selection I've seen. Loved this makeover, Karen x

June 4, 2015

Wow! It looks brilliant, Jesse! Feels so much more private and like 'your space'. Tiling looks great and love the pops if colour. Hope we get some good weather so you can enjoy it! Xx

June 4, 2015

Thank you all for your kind comments! I'm really glad you all like the makeover and it's a great encouragement for us to tackle some more Home projects over the summer. Rob has been talking about an ombre dip DIY for our chest of drawers in the hallway, and I'm also thinking of a jewellery hanging tree DIY so let's see where this goes. Yes to more sunny days @Katy, good luck with your garden revamp @Karen and @Jasiminne, you know that you are welcome anytime! Jesse x

Elinor Hill
June 8, 2015

Loving the revamped outdoor space. Having a place to sit and watch the world go by is like yoga for the mind. I sit for hours at our beach hut watching the waves roll in and people coming and going. Hours pass by and before I know it everyone's announcing they are hungry and what's for tea. Elinor x

June 8, 2015

Hi Elinor, thank you for taking the time to comment and I'm really glad you liked the makeover. I completely agree with you, it was so relaxing to be out on the terrace this weekend (especially with the lovely sun we've had in London!). It's essentially like an extra room, and instead of waves and nature, I have passersby and birds and the hum of the city for company; I'm really loving it. Jesse x

September 5, 2015

wow... very very nice and classy! I am sure pictures taken at night would be excellent too!

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