Before & After: A French Roof Terrace

before and after garden france roof top terrace

I really enjoy Claire Delahaye‘s design work.  Her company, SlowGarden, in Marseilles France was responsible for that gorgeous red terrace I featured about a month or so ago as well as this cute makeover.

before and after garden france roof top terrace

before and after garden france roof top terrace

What I am loving about this is the fearless use of color and paint to transform the space.  Certain colors definitely work better in different kids of light.  The bright sunny light of the Mediterranean region works for fuchsia and turquoise.  This color combination would not be so successful in the northern light of say, England.   I am contemplating what works here where I live as I try to sort out a color to paint some old chairs.  I think a butter yellow might work well here….It is something to think about as you plan a garden and particularly hardscaping.  The answer is probably right in front of you….look around – perhaps at house colors, what looks good in your region and what doesn’t?   What kids of colors work well with the natural light in your area?

before and after garden france roof top terrace

before and after garden france roof top terrace

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. lejardindeclaire on June 19, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Hi Studio G,

    What a pleasure to read your pages and discover that your wrote about my company.
    Thant you very much, I’m very proud you like the blue terrasse !
    I just took a link on my blog :

    Thank you for your nice inspirating blog,

    Claire Delahaye from Slowgarden.

  2. rochelle on June 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

    of course claire! I love your work and your blog! — best – R

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