Photo Gallery: Patio Makeover
How Suzanne Dimma & Sabrina Linn created an oasis.
This bland patio needed character, texture and style.
BEFORE Natural fibre area rugs weren't enough to warm up this balcony. Wrought iron furniture didn't have enough heft and presence against the glass and steel backdrop, either.
Sorbet colours and bamboo furniture add indoor style to an outdoor space.
Affordable acacia wood tiles—laid on top of the existing concrete—create a dramatic cabana effect in this outdoor space. A rectangular table and painted chairs also provide plenty of seating. “The bubble chandelier is one of my favourite pieces,” says homeowner Sabrina Linn. “It was under $50. I see it more like a piece of art since it’s so sculptural even when it’s not on.”
Plenty of space offered a wide range of design options.
BEFORE Suzanne cleverly divided the long space so it would suit a few purposes. Lounging and a dining space were huge priorities for Sabrina, since the interior of the loft had no traditional dining table.
A lounger, bamboo furniture and tropical colours evoke a Miami-hotel vibe on this balcony.
The clamshell lounger canopy provides shelter on sunny days as well as a perfect perch to watch the sunset over cocktails at night. Pillows in summer shades with fresh white piping (available via custom order through Sabrina Linn) add punch to an otherwise neutral, white-and-wood palette.
Floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors meant the balcony had to connect, design-wise, to the interior.
BEFORE Without colour or furniture, the view outside was drab. Dimma and Sabrina knew that the makeover would need to work with the redecorated indoor space, which was quite light and airy with a 60's vibe.
Tall white planters create a gorgeous focal point.
AFTER White accessories pop against natural materials, such as the acacia wood floor tiles and bamboo chairs. The clean palette matches the indoor area, making the balcony appear as an extension to the living room.