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sneak peek: isabelle palmer of the balcony gardener

by Amy Azzarito


after years of successfully growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in tiny urban spaces, isabelle recognized that there weren’t many resources geared toward young, urbanites who craved a little green oasis but only had limited space (and limited time!). so she founded the balcony gardener to help people easily bring a little green into their lives while staying true to their personal design sensibility. isabelle has two balconies in her hampstead, london home, which gives her the space to experiment! {thanks isabelle! and many thanks to keiko oikawa for the lovely photographs!}amy a.

[My home is right at the top of a beautiful old church that was converted into flats. It has two stories, three bedrooms (one of which I use as an office), and two balconies with stunning views over London. It’s quite spacious with lovely tall vaulted ceilings and lots of light. I live and work here so it’s important that the space is restful and calming as well as inspiring and energizing. his was the first house that I owned myself. I had to kit the whole place out from scratch and do it quite economically so I started with some Ikea basics and then over the years I’ve bought individual pieces as and when I’ve spotted things I’ve loved and of course, when I could afford them. Alot of my pieces are from antique shops and fairs as I love trawling through looking for bargains. And some pieces are bespoke. I guess my style is quite eclectic as it’s evolved over the years. I didn’t really have a vision to begin with so each room has a slightly different feel but on the whole it’s fairly modern with some vintage finds added in here and there.]


[image above: My bedroom. I painted the Brigitte Bardot myself and the other art is a combination of old family pictures and some favorite postcards. The room has skylights, which makes it feel quite airy. The bed, I adore, because it’s a huge old sleigh style bed and is the focal point of the room.]


[image above: This is the spare bedroom which is smaller than mine. It features the lovely church windows. I found the little side table in an antique store and I painted it. This is a really cozy room.]


[image above: This is the balcony which leads off the living space. You can also see the beautiful Bell Tower outside which is part of the original church building. All the pots and window boxes are thriving out there. I’m lucky as I have the privilege of trying all the products before I put them on the site so it allows me to change the balconies every year. This year it’s quite wild and rustic. There’s lavender, rosemary, boxus, huchera, grasses, and bay – just to name a few.]

CLICK HERE for more of Isabelle’s London home!


[This is the same balcony but taken from inside the living room. My bookshelf is filled with all my favorite books. It’s a nice quiet area to sit and read. The lamp is from Habitat, and the chair is from Laura Ashley. The little cushion is actually an old jumper of mine that I accidentally shrunk in the wash. My mother made it into a little cushion for me, and I love it.]


[image above: This is a close up of the English country garden window box.]


[image above: This is the downstairs balcony which has amazing views over west London. The Bistro Set table and chairs are perfect for my small balcony because I can fold it all away. This balcony is a really small space but it’s also very convenient to sit out here as it’s directly off my office space. I take my laptop out here and take in the sun … when we have some! I also grow all my vegetables and herbs out here in pots. Lots of trial and error.]


[image above: This is a small collection on the dressing table in my bedroom. There’s an antique silver sugar bowl that I was given as a present and hydrangea which has grown roots in the water and which I intend to try to grow into a plant. I love the little shell fairy lights, and you can also glimpse one of my collection of ceramic butterflies on the wall.]


[image above: The books are mostly biographies. I painted the wall in Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe, a dark grey. It adds impact to an almost white room. The kitchen is small but functional, again all white with white brick tiles.]


[image above: The dining table is from a reclamation yard. It was caught in a flood so there is some water damage to the bottom of the legs, but I think it adds character. The chair is the Hi Tech chair – it’s a simple, classic yet modern Swedish design and can be used inside or outside.]


[image above: This is a collection of lovely old bottles which I keep on the mantlepiece in the living room.]

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