Outdoor Living — NYC Style

Outdoor living in NYC can be delightful with the right decor. However, it can be a challenging experience for apartment dwellers seeking the perfect place, as well as furnishings, to enjoy the lovely outdoor weather.

Outdoor living in NYC can be delightful with the right decor. However, it can be a challenging experience for apartment dwellers seeking the perfect place, as well as furnishings, to enjoy the lovely outdoor weather. Whether you live in a stunning brownstone, a cozy walk-up, or just enjoy the breeze from a terrace, there are options for making the best of NYC outdoor living.

Outside Room for Elegance

Those enjoying townhome living in the Big Apple have the best of everything, from stepping out the front door to the excitement of city living to stepping out the back door to a private backyard oasis. Having space outside affords the luxury of an outdoor living room. Create a beautiful patio out of paving stones, and use outdoor furnishings made in all-weather materials like durable wood and metal or lightweight resin and wicker. Depending on your space, sofas, love seats, sectionals, and easy chairs are perfect to create your outside living room. Add a gazebo to enjoy sitting outside under protection from the sun and rain. Center your furnishings on a lovely outdoor area rug around a fire pit coffee table, so that you may enjoy your NYC outdoor living space even when the weather turns chilly in the fall and winter months.

Terrace Living

A New York City apartment with a terrace offers a chance to take a step outside and enjoy a breath of fresh air, along with a view of the Big Apple. Even the smallest of terraces can provide a private outdoor sanctuary above the hustle and bustle excitement that is NYC. Cozy up with a bistro table with two small chairs to enjoy afternoon tea. Would you rather sit back with a good book? Then get an easy chair, or two if space allows, in a resin wicker that you can place outdoor cushions on for plush comfort. Kick your legs up onto a matching storage ottoman that will allow you to store the cushions when not in use.

Let the Outdoors In

Living in a petite walk-up in the center of New York City does not mean you cannot enjoy the pleasant outdoor weather in the comfort of your own home. Even if you do not have a terrace, you can still let the outdoors in with some creative decorating. An advantage to the lovely apartments that NYC offers is that with age comes beauty and tall ceilings and windows. Even many of the smallest of apartments have heights well above the standard eight-foot-high ceilings, along with tall windows that open to let the sights and sounds of the fun city in. Place a storage bench or day bed under a window nestled between two bookcases. Leave the window treatments simple with a wood blind or Roman shade. Open the window to let the sun and breeze in as you sit on your special lounge. If you are at the right angle, you may even be able to catch some rays right from your window seat.


Carol Ruth Weber writes on interests relevant to today's dwellers in society from decor to health, beauty and fashion as well as green living and DIY. Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. Along the way Carol honed her skills as both an Interior Designer and Life Designer.Carol has been taken into service by individuals and businesses to assist clients with the daily battles to find enough time in every day to do all that is needed to do in order to enjoy their life and to be happy with their surroundings providing subjects for her many published pieces. Carol is known for her thoughtful and insightful views as well as being an on-air expert for eHow and SFGate.Read Carol's many articles focusing on Decorating, Fashion, Beauty, Art, Pets, Lifestyle and General News published on Examiner.com. Her talented approach to life through writing can also be seen on statewide CBSlocal.com sites as well as for a number of other publications including Yahoo and Care.com. Enjoy following Carol's blog for her insightful look at the world. Carol's mission through her writing is to dance people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! Carol Ruth Weber may be contacted at weberlifedesign.com.

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