Tuesday, April 12, 2011

{outdoor deck: before & after}

By far the best part about our loft is the deck; coming by outdoor space like this in downtown Los Angeles is incredibly difficult and that's how we knew this unit was the one for us. Luckily, we already had the outdoor sofa and chairs from our previous house in Silverlake. The synthetic grass (I promise it's not astro turf!) was a great find at Lester's carpets near The Grove in LA. I highly recommend them for turf or large area rugs. We also found a collapsible teak table and three white patio chairs on Craigslist.

{trio of glazed pots from Joann's fabrics}

Since our dog would be out here during the day we decided to build the wood planter boxes for the entire ledge since it was only 40 inches high and Muji is a very curious dog.  After extensive calculating and recalculating of all the planks of we would need, we were able to make these boxes relatively quickly (and by "we" I mean Christopher and his dad).  I am mildly obsessed with succulents so this feature is one of my favorites and is still a work in progress as I am currently on the hunt for some more yellow/orange colored succulents to bring some warmer colors into the boxes.

{BHG outdoor sectional, Target outdoor throw pillows}

{Home South Bali chairs, Target tilting umbrella}

This tree was a housewarming gift from my mother, it is a "salad" citrus tree which has 5 different types of citrus on it: Bearss Limes, Valencia oranges, Minneola tangelos, Eureka lemons and Washington oranges. It should be bearing fruit this spring and we are so excited to stop buying citrus for cocktails at the store every week. 

  {deck at night}


  1. Wow what you have done is amazing. It looks beautiful.

  2. Beautiful. You have your mother's eye for beauty. This is a perfect example of taking a very plain space and turning it into something truly beautiful.

  3. I'm in love with your deck! Can I live our there...?! = )

  4. This is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. I am your age (25) and am just totally amazed and impressed that this is something you and your man put together from literally...nothing. The before and after pictures are amazing. You have such a natural eye for design. It looks like a professionally-done outdoor space, and I cannot believe put-together and cohesive and creative and fun the whole thing looks. I am so jealous that this is YOUR roofdeck! I would kill to spend hours out there, reading magazines, sipping cocktails, and soaking up the sun. SO impressed.

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