Not all of us are lucky enough to have a garden. Some of us may prefer it that way. However, looking at today's post on Balcony and Veranda Living, I have to say that I am tempted to swap my overgrown and neglected 'outdoor space' (garden may be stretching it a bit!) into a little balustraded beauty where I can escape and daydream without having to worry about the weeding!
If you are fortunate to be able to create a deep veranda or terrace like the one above, then you are able to embellish it without having to worry too much about the effects of the weather. So here, the space is treated like an extension of the house, complete with a curtain, daybed and all-white accessories - an absolutely stunning retreat. Incidentally, should you wish to recreate this and want to be as practical as possible, then outdoor-grade fabrics have come a long way over the last few years in giving you some reassurance and protection against the impact of the elements.
Here the architects (JTJ Design) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have really made an impact in a small space, with the inclusion of a private plunge pool encased in concrete - a welcome inclusion in this hot and steamy climate.
Similarly the veranda below has an elegant colonial feel with it's high ceiling, and wide span suiting this environment perfectly and giving the space a dreamy languor. We can just imagine leaning over the balcony, G & T in hand, watching the world go by!
The use of planting on a balcony is really effective in framing the space, in this contemporary setting below.
What is really pleasing about many of these balconies and verandas, is that it doesn't matter what size they are, it is more about the what you do with it to create an emotional attachment to the outdoors, that reflects the lifestyle of the people who use them the best.
Here all that is required in the balcony above is a simple built-in seat, a free-form planter with fragrant spring bulbs and you just are drawn to the space.
We hope to have shown here that no matter how much outdoor space you have, it doesn't need to be over-thought. In fact the simpler the palette, materials and the planting used, it can give the escape from our busy lives that we all need.
Take me there please!