It always amazes me that more is not made of our raised space. A view is one of the most prized assets a dwelling can boast but most houses (in England anyway) don’t use the 2 stories they have to provide them with a platform to enjoy a view. It is becoming a bit more of a trend in London and other cities to use the top space as a roof terrace and some of these views are truly fantastic. I picked out a few terraces that have great views so you can get a little bit jealous.

Victoria 2, London: Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens

This roof terrace in London is a simple design that is back to nature. It isn’t so much the contemporary style that we are used to seeing but a bit more of a functional, natural garden with tomatoes growing and making the most of the prime location. The view is undoubtedly it’s best touch looking out over to the millennium eye and many more top sites.

 Terrace by studioarte

We aren’t privy to the view of this place but it is very evocative of what we know to be a Mediterranean villa with their great use of terrace spaces. The white washed walls and double area terrace make for an inviting , mood lit space to while the evening away.

Somewhere to dine: modern Garden by Cameron Landscapes and Gardens

This terrace is a very classy affair. The perfectly pruned hedges set in mid height planters keep a very simple colour theme of white and green which complements the table top and tiles perfectly. The hedges to the side provide some privacy for the owners though the offset of that is limited views so perhaps this example has none.


Everything looks better in the dark but this terrace looks really nice with the lighting setting off the edges and picking out specific plants in the surrounding foliage. The view over the wall is also a nice feature as the terrace sits higher than many buildings so peaks out over the town. The large open space means that this terrace can be used for many different things and a social gathering out here in the summer would be a stunning event.

Ganton Street Roof Terrace: Commercial Spaces by Aralia

Outdoor kitchens are an increasing trend as people want to use their external space more and more. This vertical garden decorated terrace boasts a large preparation surface and cooler draws so the guests can sit on the plush sofas while the host cooks and chats at the same time, all while everyone enjoys the view. I like the large extending canopy here as well and can imagine that in heavy rain this would be a sheltered but fascinating place to gather your thoughts

Ganton Street Roof Terrace: Commercial Spaces by Aralia

A bit more of a mood shot with this image and design but the combination of wood, concrete and metal planters gives a stylish and modern aura. The garden looks perfect with the yellow accents in the summer sun and a view of London.

 Terrace by Bornelo Interior Design

This is very different to the terraces that have come before but when I saw it I suddenly needed a holiday! Not all places are suited to a swimming pool at the seas edge but in a warm climate why not. The pool dominates the space but there is still space for sun-loungers and with a view like that we can forgive the absence of foliage and decoration I think.

Bedroom 3 Terrace: Terrace by TG Studio

Again a different terrace this time set in a countryside environment and enjoying views of the tree tops into the sun. The huge sofa is unapologetic for taking most of the outdoor space with it’s extra leg space so the owners can really slouch out and relax in the sun with their bottle of wine on ice. I’m quite sure they have fallen asleep there on many occasions and woken up cold.

The roof terrace : Terrace by Zodiac Design

It isn’t often that dark wooden decks are used but this spacious terrace does just that. It has room for a large dining table and social space to the side so the owners can migrate once the food is done with. The use of box planters around the edges enables a bit of greenery and shelter and give the outdoor space a bit of life.

 Terrace by House of Green
Like I said before everything looks better at night but both spaces I have shown you look nice at any time. This garden utilises a small corridor (made smaller by planters) and a sheltered enclave to create a welcoming and stylish space with a view of skyscrapers in the distance. The view may be awkward but the most has definitely been made of what is there

A good sofa can go a long way to make an outdoor space feel welcoming and warm. Increasingly we are seeing the lines blurred between inside and outside as people want to make the most of the space they have and enjoy open plan living. The durability of materials has improved as well so the furniture can withstand more weathering than they used to.

Shortly after the arrival of the first batch of studio produced planters came in I photographed the entire range in a studio. These photos came out well and can bee seen as the promotional images for all my range but it is always nice to see the pots in a real life setting.

Having the right furniture in the garden can set just the right tone. Whether it be contemporary or classic it will go a long way to set the style off your environment and may even be the focal point of the whole garden or patio. There are a huge amount of options out there for you to choose from so you need to get inspired to see just what might be around and how something different might be used. Don’t fall into the trap of going down Homebase and buying some rattan, be different!

Summer is nearly upon us and I thought it time to dig through some inspiring images that I found for planter trends and ideas. From the small to the large, the right planter can present our plants in just the right manor. So whether you be looking for a light, elegant and small product or something a bit heavier with presence there should be something over this article to give you some ideas.

When designing my own wedding invites I wanted to use my knowledge and love of origami  to create the invites. As a result I came up with something that I think is pretty cool and I thought I would show you how to do the fold so you can try it. I will be using the a similar fold to create some wall art so stay tuned if you like what you see.

Our outside space is becoming more and more precious and we are taking on more of the outdoor lifestyle. With products becoming more durable it is more feasible to leave rattan chairs outdoors all year and them not perish. Outdoor heating has also become more stylish and usable so we don’t get cold.

I have picked 10 outdoor patio designs that look great and bring so usable style to our new favourite social spaces.

Contemporary garden design is big now and there are people the world over implementing their own style. It is amazing how many designers can input their own touch on garden design and it stand out as uniquely them.
When looking for images for this article I was looking for designs that echoed the straight lines of modern English designers like Charlotte Rowe but what I found was many different styles, all that I liked but all a bit different.

Planters, as I often preach, are a great way to do so many things in the garden. Not only do they allow you to plant in places you can’t usually but they vary the height of foliage, add colour to a design and can make a focal point which is crucial to a successful garden design.

Rosemary Coldstream is a successful, award winning garden designer with many projects to her name. She started her company in 2006 and offers design services from small village courtyards to urban roof top terraces so I had a look at some of her work.

Having had a great response from kronen and prisme  I wanted to extend the range to encompass a design that lent it self more to standing in a pair either side of a doorway. I took the same shape as the other two contemporary planters and increased it’s height while narrowing the frame. The result is a very elegant and slender design that gives more opportunity for the use of the range.  Kronen 90 tall contemporary planter

After a long lead time for the poor customer due to supplier letting me down he finally got the Eggs I promised him which will adorn his garden next year.

The process started earlier this year when I was contacted and asked to make 2 Egg scupltures and supply 4 planters. It was a great order but I had no planters to offer anymore and don’t make the Eggs anymore. Having given up my manufacturing facilities I no longer had anywhere to make them. A problem made even more acute by the fact he wanted 2 1 meter wide ones and the side gate to my parents house is 80cm.

In September 2016 both myself and the studio that I work with to produce my planters exhibited at GLEE Birmingham. Every year they have a competition for new products and as Kronen 65 has been remoulded to a high standard and relaunched it seemed like a great opportunity to enter it for some publicity.

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