ISSUE 21  |  City Mouse

Steal This Look: Urban Terrace Garden

May 27, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Erin Boyle

Even the smallest urban garden terrace can offer a welcome spot to pot up a few favorite plants and enjoy a cool evening breeze. This eclectic terrace keeps popping up on our Pinterest feed so we decided to do some sleuthing for its components. What we found surprised us.

Above: What we imagined to be a private urban gardener’s personal oasis is actually an image from the Ikea PS 2014 catalogue. The terrace features a folding Ikea table paired with a mishmash collection of pots and plants, proving that with a few pieces of basic furniture and plenty of more personal treasures any space can achieve a cozy vibe.


Above: The new Folding Table ($129) and accompanying Folding Bench ($75) from Ikea feature a white, laminate top made to resist scratches and spills; perfect for a terrace where you need a potting table by day and a dining table by night.

Above: Hanging from the iron balcony balustrade, we spotted a classic galvanized window box. The similar Galvanized Steel Balcony Box (25.50€) and accompanying Galvanized Steel Balcony Pot/Box Holder (38€) are available at Manufactum. (See 10 Easy Pieces Metal Window Boxes for more of our favorite options.)


Above: Paired with the modern folding table are a set of vintage iron garden chairs. A pair of classic Fermob 1900 Stacking Chairs would make for a similar look; $718 at The Garden Gates.


Above: Found it! Hanging from a thin suspension wire, an antique birdcage. For a splurge on the real deal, the Whimsical “Pagoda” Birdcage is available for $1,750 from 1st Dibs.


Above: If you prefer a more modern (and affordable) birdcage, a Pols Potten Birdcage in orange is our choice; $176 on Amara.

Don’t have a canary that needs a home? Consider using the birdcage as a makeshift hanging planter instead.

Above: Heavy weights on balcony and rooftop gardens can be a concern for urban gardeners. Lightweight Poly Planters from Tuscan Imports look like the real thing, but don’t carry such a heavy load. To purchase in the US, call 1.866.215.4232.

Above: Like the look of the glass veranda itself? Custom glass garden veranda companies are plentiful in the UK but more difficult to find in the US. For UK readers, consider contacting Verandah Living for a quote.

Hoping to steal other bright ideas? Browse our entire Steal This Look archive. Ikea fan? See Domestic Dispatches: What We Love (and Hate) About Ikea on Remodelista.