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The Marbella Terrace Project – Part 2: the Transformation

On yesterday’s Daily Norm I showed you the first stage of my little piece of Marbella DIY – the transformation to my family’s roof terrace in Spain. With my Matisse-inspired mural finished in limited shades of blue and terracotta, I was free to complete the scheme with accessories and plants. 

Our main concern was that the plants should be succulent and require little care – it gets HOT up on that terrace and so weak florals would never suffice. I therefore decided to go for a collection of hardy cacti, the more spikes the better. Recalling the garden design of another favourite artist Frida Kahlo, I was going for more of a Mexican theme of dark and light blues, while retaining the Andalucian look of whitewashed walls. Meanwhile the filthy terracotta lamps adorning the many pillars and walls of the terrace got a lick of their own blue paint, resulting in an altogether more Moroccan vibe. 

Before the transformation…

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Painting pots and lamps

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Huge terracotta pots in varying sizes lugged from one of Marbella’s biggest garden centres were painted in the same shades of blues with a few dark red pots to break up the scheme. It was thirsty work, but they never said that a man made desert of Spanish Cacti was going to come easy. 

Finally, stretched across the big empty air space we attached two large shade sales to give the space much needed shade and cosyness. 

The result is a terrace oozing Mediterranean chic with all the spice and vitality of Mexico. Like a boutique hotel, we complemented the scheme with plump cushioned loungers and a shiny glass and black weave table. The result is a spectacle so departed from the previous ramshackle of a deserted terrace. 

After the transformation

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All of this work was finally toasted with a romantic candlelit opening gala party. The terrace looks good by day, but with lamps glowing from within and candles flickering across the terrace floor, it never looked better. A job well done, a transformation achieved. 

and at night

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A gallery of details

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  1. Reblogged this on BLOG DO MARCVIN.

    August 13, 2014
  2. AR #

    In my mind I’m spending the evening on this terrace with a Charles Williams ghost story and a kiwi margarita! 🙂

    August 14, 2014
    • Hahaha oh I love it!! You have truly got the spirit of my terrace!! Question is: why has nobody made me that margarita?!

      August 15, 2014
  3. Celia Glass #

    Ugh, this is just too perfect baben!!! It is making me pine for that sweet Marbellan summer. Off to Deia in Mallorca next weekend – so in need of some Spanish sunshine. Hope you’re as divine as ever? xxx

    Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:03:15 +0000 To: celiac_w@hotmail.com

    August 14, 2014
    • Ah sweet baben! You will ADORE Mallorca – Deia is pure heaven on earth! Can’t wait to hear all about it! xx

      August 15, 2014

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