When moving back to New York City last year, my roommate Erik and I fell into an apartment with a pretty incredible feature — an outdoor space! I never expected an outdoor space in my ‘NYC apartment deck of cards,’ but we jumped at the chance to grab this gem of NYC real estate! After finally furnishing the terrace, we’ve been maximizing our use of the space and taking full advantage of this summer weather! It was towards the end of fall when we moved into our apartment, so we didn’t really get a chance to use the terrace before the weather turned cold. All winter we imagined how we were going to utilize the space in the warmer months and started sourcing furniture and pieces for the terrace. To fill this space and make it our own was going to be quite the challenge. I had spent more than enough time scouting furniture for my NYC apartments over the years, but have never once glanced at the outdoor furniture category. And let me tell you – it’s a whole other world… I didn’t know where to start! My friend Olivia had just completed her outdoor patio at her new house in Kentucky (check it out here!) and it looks incredible. I immediately had to know where she got her outdoor furniture from – and she found it at Outer!
Outer’s whole mission is to make it easier to get outside and enjoy the outdoors – and I love that. They also really innovate on the product development side, which is really fascinating. All of their couches and sofas are modular – they can be rearranged/built out to accommodate the specific space or entertaining needs! We went with their modern Aluminum charcoal frame for our sofa. It fit so perfectly with the items we have on the terrace! The Aluminum Frame is made from high-quality, powder-coated, rust-proof Aluminum which won’t get too hot in the sun and can withstand all inclement weather thrown it’s way. Also, their stain and fade-resistant fabric is a proprietary bend that’s easy to clean, machine washable, won’t fade, and is so soft to the touch! The memory foam cushions also make this couch a game changer – so comfortable! If you’re looking for some outdoor furniture for your NYC balcony or backyard, I’d definitely start by looking at Outer! I have a code ‘JPT300′ that can get you $300 off your order!
Sectional Couch: Outer | Outdoor Rug: Outer | Coffee Table: Outer | Couch Pilows: CB2 | Lounger: Design Within Reach Table Vases: CB2 | Table & Chairs: Design Within Reach | Lounger Pillows: CB2 | Lounger Towels: CB2
When it came to landscaping the space, we needed some greenery and plants – STAT. With our concrete floors and grey walls, the terrace was feeling a bit bland and Brutalist. Of course, my first call was to my buddy Nick – you could say my friend Nick is pretty much THE plant guy. Nick is a “plantrepreneur,” passionate about all things green. He spends his time as a plant coach, landscaper, and TV personality (catch him on Netflix’s Instant Dream Home!). We installed planters on both ends of the terrace and put some beautiful Arborvitae Elegantissima in them to help block the dividers with our neighbors on either side. They’re evergreens and will thrive on the terrace all year long! We have a good mix of perennials and some tropicals – like a bird of paradise, which we’ll bring inside during the winter months – that gives some diversity to the greenery on the terrace. The greenery adds so much life to the terrace and totally transformed the vibe! If you’re looking for somebody to help spruce-up your outdoor space, don’t hesitate to give nick a shout!
Do you have an outdoor space as well in the city as well? It’s been so fun and humbling to fill this space with some functional furniture and greenery – now we can’t wait to enjoy it all!
Photography by Mark Asuncion