Simple gardening // urban jungle in Antwerp…

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I’ve been recently looking for inspiration for my yard makeover with B&Q, I came across this incredible space.  A true urban oasis right in the middle of Antwerp.  I actually sighed when I saw it, so green, so individual and so so cool.

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Living in Bristol, I am surrounded by houses, streets of terraced Victorian buildings, lined up row after row.  Most of which have limited outside space, and those that do are just a bare concrete yard, with little plant life or nature.

I want to change this in my own little plot.  I would love to have an urban jungle, with plants spilling over the pots and climbers reaching to the sun.

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My dream oasis would look like this. With every inch of space utilised, with hanging plants from the rafters and shelves with potted cacti against the wall.

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I really love the use of the turquoise colour on the doors, it brightens up the undercover dining area.  And the wooden table and chairs, I wonder if they leave them out there all year round?

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The garden is not the only stunning ‘room’ in the house, I adore their dark and moody lounge and the tiled entrance way and raw wooden staircase.  We have a similar stairs, here in my house, but nothing as grand as these proportions.

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I’d love to live here.  I shall be taking inspiration in the planting and use of paint colours when we finally get round to the ‘fun’ aspects of the garden makeover.  I can’t wait!


Post originally on the Ikea website.  Photography by Bart Kiggen.