Case Study: "Janet and George's Terrace".
Janet had a small, underutilized, stark concrete terrace
with a gorgeous view.
Missing her previous garden, Janet wanted to bring a "garden
feel" into this bare concrete space.
Janet realized that she needed a specialist in Terrace design,
so she sought out Terra Firma and asked Lisa Aiken to bring
her vision to life.
Lisa worked with Janet to create a design for an extended
outdoor "living room" that would reflect the exquisite
taste with which Janet had decorated her indoor space.
Lisa suggested echoing the warm yellow tones of the living
room and extending this colour theme into the terrace space.
This made the terrace seem larger than it was - also the living
room seem bigger in turn.
To set the tone for the entire design, Lisa once again retained
Margaret (Murals by Marg),
an artist, to paint the terrace and create "wrought iron"
trompe l'oeil on the concrete terrace pillars and the centrepiece
for the chandelier. Marg used her own custom blend of paints
and finishes. These realistic paintings produced the illusion
of three dimensional wrought iron decorations. The result
was an elegant, classical garden feel.
Janet loved the "wrought iron" look so much that
she asked that the wrought iron illusion be replicated indoors
- an inspiration that proved perfect for the bare plexiglass
behind the dining room's french doors. Now, as the afternoon
sun beams through the dining room, an intricately woven shadow
of wrought iron charmingly extends itself across the hardwood
Lisa then introduced Terra Firma's very own fabric
expert, Ksenija into the project. Her keen eye selected several
elegant pieces from which Janet chose her favourite fabric:
a beautiful red and white "Kravet" fabric.
To further maximize their space for entertaining and relaxing,
Janet requested rocking/dining chairs. This presented a common
challenge, for terrace owners find that storage is always
an issue. And as pretty as some furniture is, rust or rot
can reduce them to an unsightly mess within a couple of years.
As a solution, Lisa suggested cast aluminium rocking chairs
rather than regular dining chairs as an elegant yet practical
choice. The relaxing rockers would also remove the need for
an ottoman. With their rust-roof properties these solid and
comfortable chairs can be left out in the winter months -
and no maintenance is required!
As a finishing touch, cast iron urns
with lush Boxwood were placed on either side of the terrace
doorway. The shrub's attractive and hardy foliage was the
perfect backdrop for Christmas greenery. The terrace floor
was then glazed for long-lasting protection against the elements.
Janet and George's terrace has now become an elegant outdoor
living space that compliments their beautiful home and stunning
Click the photos to view the terrace. Many accessories are
from Terra Firma's past retail collection. Enjoy the view!