before & after: arnod’s beautiful porch

porches can be an absolute lifesaver if you live in a city. they provide a quick escape from cabin-fever and can be the perfect place to grow plants and flowers or enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day. d*s reader arnod has shared his small apartment in ghent, belgium with his boyfriend for over five years. because the weather in ghent has been lovely for the past month or so, arnod and his boyfriend decided it was time to create a small outdoor retreat. their tiny terrace had previously been a stash spot for garbage, cleaning tools, and spare paint, so they invested about $85 and a weekend to making over the space. after cleaning out the terrace and repainting, arnod and his boyfriend constructed an ingenius little table/bench/seat nook that easily folds up onto the wall when it’s not in use. and the bonus? the black fencing against the back wall actually hides shelving where arnod can keep recycling until it’s ready to go out. they love the new look and the fact that they can comfortably fit three people in the sun for breakfast, coffee, light meals, or late afternoon drinks. with a vision and some handiwork arnod and his boyfriend managed to create a beautiful outdoor room that has quickly become a favorite space of theirs- and the cat, cartouche. two thumbs up- well done!

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  1. Christin says:

    What a fabulous & genius idea! Great work.

  2. What a clever and functional use of a minimal space! I love this.

  3. Caroline says:

    Absolutely fantastic idea!

  4. Prudence says:

    This is awesome. So clever. Everyone deserves their own place in the sun! Px

  5. monika says:

    Gosh! Functional, cheap, fabulous…genius!

  6. Heidi says:

    What a clever idea.

  7. what a fantastic use of space, I would have never thought of that!

  8. Chi says:

    The kind of ingenious use of space that makes my eyes light up – just love it!

  9. This is GENIUS! I love this idea, it is so smart. I guess the only problem is, does that mean you have to fold up the table if the person sitting on the other side needs to get up? Either way, I’d rather be sitting at that table and stuck there :)


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