Since I moved back to New York City permanently, I have moved 4 times in the past 3 years for numerous reasons. In this fast paced city, it seems like nothing is constant. Jobs, relationships, roommates, neighborhoods, friends, and finances continually pull us in different directions. Unfortunately this high speed lifestyle can make it hard to settle down in one place. This is why we rent. The thing about renting is that there are so many apartments out there with fantastic roof, terrace, and outdoor space which are underutilized. From my viewpoint, if you have time to hang up curtains or get a new rug for your interior, then you owe it to yourself to do something for your outdoor space too.
I had a client this spring with a fantastic 1,300 square foot terrace in midtown West that came along with their rental apartment. That is huge as far as outdoor New York Spaces. Since they are renting, we focused on budget friendly changes we could make to the space that made a lot of impact. Birch trees, planters in the correct scale, and a revised furniture layout really transformed the terrace. When I work on projects like this, I like to keep the plantings simple, and repeat the material throughout the space. Enjoy the images.