July 16, 2014
The Most Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens
Who says summer in the city has to be a hot, sticky mess? We're captivated by these lucky homeowners who have taken the urban landscape of their rooftops and transformed the spaces into sprawling city gardens complete with trees, water features, dining, and living areas -- as seen here on the amazing rooftop of designer Athena Calderone. Fabulous furniture, accessories, and lighting have made these sky-grazing spaces an extension of the home and the perfect place to perch during the dog days of summer. Get inspired by clicking through a slideshow of these rooftop stunners and check out our recommendations below for getting the look, amazing views not included.
For more exterior space decorating inspiration, check out How to Create the Ultimate Backward Oasis.
Photographs: 1. Athena Calderone (designer and source) 2. Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue 3. The Corinthia Hotel 4. Photographed by Durston Saylor 5. 8. 12. Sawyer | Berson (designer and source) 6. Miranda Brooks photographed by François Halard for Vogue 7. Mr. Jason Grant photographed by Michael Wee for Bright Bazaar 9. Kadlec Architecture + Design (designer and source) 10. Pulltab Design photographed by Bilyana Dimitrova for Remodelista 11. Robert Passal photographed by Joshua McHugh for Architectural Digest 13. Photographed by William Waldron for Architectural Digest.
LanternsThese spaces are made for entertaining so be sure to incorporate plenty of ambient lighting for when your daytime get-together goes into the wee hours of the night. Lanterns with glass enclosures ensure the candles within will stay lit despite breezy conditions.
|Albany Lantern, $456, All Modern||Mimosa Lantern, from $8, Z Gallerie||Borrby Lantern, $15, Ikea|
PlantersYou can't have a garden without greenery so decorate your outdoor space with plenty of planters, pots, tress, and succulents. Colorful and stylish planters will inject personality and color into the space.
|Ella Planter, $105, Home Decorators Collection||Green Reactive Planter, $23, Pier 1 Imports||Cappuccino Bowl Planter, from $88, Terrain|
ShadeDon't let the beating sun get you down; incorporate umbrellas, overhead trellises, and awnings to block the rays and cast some shade on your rooftop. If a custom retractable awning isn't in the budget, fabulous umbrellas in sturdy stands will do the trick and are an excellent way to add color and pattern into the design.
|Balinese Umbrella, $290, Pier 1 Imports||Take Rectangular Umbrella, $1065, Restoration Hardware||Round Market Umbrella, $129, Pottery Barn|
PillowsWhether the seating on your roof is in the form of a built-in bench, some chic chairs, or even just some oversized floor poufs, incorporate bright pillows to make the space fun and comfortable.
|Hello Yellow Pillow, $34, cb2||Athena Lumbar Pillow, $14, World Market||Palm Pillow Cover, $68, Serena & Lily|