Hello everyone! Today I get to show you a space you haven't seen much of here on the blog yet. Right off of our living room, we have a nice little balcony. Melissa and I love having balconies on our apartments, so we can spend summer evenings outside eating dinner, or drinking a glass of wine. It really is just a wonderful way of relaxing and winding down after a long day.
So far we haven't done much out on the balcony besides put our outdoor furniture out there. I love this little set of wicker table and chairs, gifted from my parents for my birthday one year. I think they are just so adorable! I would love to get some bright and colorful pillows to add to the chairs. There's just a whole lot of white going on currently, and pillows would also add some much needed softness to this space.
I have also been playing around with different ideas for bringing some lighting out onto the balcony. One idea I've liked is having a couple of stand alone lanterns scattered around the balcony, that could hold some candles. Another option is to string some fairy lights around the whole space. The direction the lighting situation will go will depend of the availability of an outdoor outlet, which I have yet to check out.
The other side of the balcony is pretty bare at the moment. the only thing currently over there is a little metal table holding a bunch of pots of dead plants #blackthumb. Melissa and I have dreams of building a raised garden bed out here, to grow some fruits or veggies in. Our current plant status would argue we aren't up for that challenge, but we may try to tackle this next summer none the less.
We were lucky enough with this apartment to actually have access to the storage area off our balcony (these closets are usually maintenance only and residents are not given access). So far we've just thrown a few things in here that we don't want stored in the apartment. Eventually I'd like to get some structure and organization going on in here, maybe in the form of some shelves. Since this is just a "yucky area" it isn't too high on the priority list, so we may honestly never get around to tackling it before we move out.
So that finishes up the quick little tour of our balcony. Nothing too exciting, but I'm hoping we can cheer up this space with a few decorative touches added out there! Here's is what's on the list for now:
- Buy colorful cushions and/or pillows for chairs
- Add lighting (fairy lights/candle lanterns)
- DIY colorful flower pots
- Build raised garden bed
- Add flowers and plants (*learn how to not kill said flowers and plants)
- Add shelves to storage area
What would you guys suggest for this space? Any outdoor decor you are just over the moon in love with? Let me know in the comments below!
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