Monday, August 12, 2013

A Roof with a View

[via Outdoor Sanctuaries]

Well, this is just about the strangest thing ever! One of my Pinterest boards is full of broken links, and after some investigating, I discovered that the links lead to a post from way back in July 2012 that was never published. But I could have sworn...

In any case, today I'm bringing you back a year and a month to "A Roof with a View," because the photos are just too lovely to be left unpublished.

Circa July 5, 2012:

I hope everyone (stateside, at least) had a nice 4th of July holiday! Our laziness paid off, and Mr. Well-Appointed Catwalk and I were rewarded with a perfect view of the fireworks from our apartment window.

We did clandestinely climb to our building's rooftop before the rain began, but being officially off limits, our roof lacks a certain "je ne sais quois" in its black tar surface. I've heard that it originally held a swimming pool but that the grinches on the condo board had it filled in.

Black tar or no, it's hard to find a more perfect spot for fireworks viewing than a rooftop, but these amazing elevated spaces take picturesque to another level.

[via Yo Chicago]
Thanks to an enclosed greenhouse, this rooftop garden becomes a year-round retreat in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Notice that beautiful Byzantine-style onion dome and the balcony one floor below. Oh, and did I mention that this is a single-family home?

[photos by Luke White via Remodelista]
I was tempted to squirrel these photos away for another day, because Dar Beida is truly deserving of a post of its own. London expats Emma Wilson and Graham Carter purchased the 200-year-old villa in the Moroccan seaside town of Essaouira and spent two years on renovations, combining Western modernity with traditional Moroccan design. The result is the breathtaking guest house that Dar Beida is today. I'm already scheming to rent this property for my next (dream) vacation.

[via The Fancy]
Apparently, this photo is just an advertisement for Phillipe Starke lighting, but I'd like to imagine this roofdeck exists just as it is somewhere in Manhattan. The aged copper gets me every time!

[via Houzz]
This little red and white oasis sits on the rooftop of an Atlanta loft. I can't get over the Greek key-patterned floor! It's amazing what a little paint and a chandelier can do, isn't it?

[via HGTV]
And, last but not least, there's this minimalist roof deck designed by Pamela Bestler. I can't find any information on its whereabouts, but I spy a daybed made of grass. I think that speaks for itself.


  1. One of my goals in life is to have a beautiful private rooftop garden. I'm also adding a bed of grass to my wishlist. These are incredible! Hope you had a great 4th!

  2. What unique spaces! Totally digging the Moroccan villa & love that you can rent it. Last minute summer vacation anyone?

  3. Kara @ The BostonistaJuly 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I love gorgeously decorated outdoor spaces. I love the one in Chicago! Its so charming and different. It looks so comfortable and chic! 

  4. Ahem, I need to be there! I would definitely love to have one of those rooftops! Stunning images, especially with the Flos lighting.

  5. I love a good rooftop and all of these looks very inviting!

  6. I would love to have a rooftop soiree! This is great inspiration!


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  7. These roofs are amazing! I wish my roof looked like this. I hope you had a great fourth.

    xo Audrey

  8. All of the roofs with a view look amazing, I think there's something cool about a roof terrace in a big city, especially the ones that are so nicely decorated and furnished like those you've posted. I really like the Phillipe Starke one and could totally see that on top of a Manhattan apartment block. Although the grass bed is a pretty cool idea for those short of green space, again as you might find in a city.

  9. OMG I want to live in one of those terraces!!!!!! <3