When writer Emily Billings and her boyfriend, Max relocated to Boston from a rural farmhouse, they knew they would need to make a few sacrifices. Their previous home had acres of land and open space; their new one was a small one-bedroom in the heart of the city. Luckily, what it lacked on the inside, it made up for outside. “We were determined to find an apartment that had outdoor space to entertain, garden, and enjoy in the warmer New England months,” Emily says. “We lucked out finding a classic brownstone in the heart of the city with a private roof deck that had plenty of potential.”
“Since our apartment is small and does not accommodate a dining table, the roof is the place we flock to when we are hosting friends. We wanted it to be a space we could entertain in, but also feel comfortable kicking back when it’s just the two of us.” To create the perfect outdoor living space, Emily turned to west elm for pieces that would bring the comforts of home to the outdoors. Check out all of the photos of this amazing roof deck below!
“While porch furniture is often overlooked and considered an after thought,” Emily says, “we knew we needed to attack the space the same way we would our interior, focusing on investment pieces like the sectional and dining table that felt timeless and could be accessorized in many ways with Brimfield Flea finds and Block Shop Textiles. We love the flexibility floor poofs and the peacock chairs grant us, and we constantly move the furniture around depending on the party.”
“Max and I are always amazed at how few of our neighbors utilize their roof decks. With second-to-none views and mild summer nights, I couldn’t be happier having an outdoor entertaining space that let us enjoy every moment of it.”