Apartment dwellers, townhome owners and condo renters, I’m talking to you on this one. Your homes are cozy and quaint and your yard space is either nonexistent or extremely small. But you want to be able to enjoy that outdoor area, right? Here are my tips for maximizing on that tiny alfresco square footage:
Use odd angles to your advantage. This balcony came to a wide-angle trapezoid in this corner, and I wanted the furnishings to go all the way to the wall since the other side of this balcony is the workhorse, housing a closeted washer and dryer. So I created custom-ish banquet seating. When we purchased this dining table from Craigslist, it came with two benches, but bench seating didn’t complement the sophisticated dining environment. So I moved them outside, nestled them up in a modified L-formation, made bench cushions using weatherproof foam and all-weather fabric, then cozied it up with loads of indoor/outdoor throw pillows from Overstock.com (you can buy them in sets of two).
The benches create a comfy place to read, nap or dine with the addition of a 30-inch round bistro table (a piece the homeowner scored on Craigslist) and two modern outdoor wicker chairs.
Add lighting. Shiny silver lanterns hang from sisal rope knotted around ceiling hooks and create instant atmosphere with lit candles inside.
Plant things. Outdoor spaces beg for living things to soften all the hard surfaces and edges. And succulents boxwoods and ferns are super hardy and difficult for even the blackest thumbs to kill. To create uniformity, plant all of your flora and fauna selections in neutral pots of various sizes.
Go vertical. The homeowner purchased this hanging plant rack on Etsy, and I turned a hardware store stepstool ladder into a plant stand painted Blue Ocean Breeze.
(Photos by Jennie J Sullins)Posted by Wendy | 0 comments