Balcony In Need Of A Redo

 

 

 

A while back I posted pictures of my cute little balcony that i decorated on a budget. Well, I have moved since then. And got a hammock. Our new balcony is much bigger. But the hammock was MUCH bigger than I thought it might be. Below are the “Before” pictures. There are no “After” pictures yet, but I hope to make the new balcony cute very soon! 

picture063The hammock is so comfy, even if it is WAY huge. picture064You can kind of see the two ‘chairs’ I had on my old balcony (lime green long cushion and pink cushion). I didn’t really get a good picture of the plants in the corner, but believe me, they are there. And they take up way more space than you can tell from the angle of these pictures. They are all about dead though since summer is coming to an end. I got a decent harvest out of them! A big planter with tomatoes, jalepenos, basil (only one I plan to keep), and green beans (super dead). One of the problems is I have a bunch of solar lights and the sun collector things are staked into some planters. Not sure what I’m going to do about this because the planters take up a reasonable amount of space and are now kind of ugly with the dead plants in them. 

And of course the freakin bikes take up a ton of space. But I don’t know where else we can put them. If it were up to me, we would have waited until we were not in high rise apartments to buy bikes but the hubs is in love with bike riding. Maybe we can keep them in the bedroom? Not sure… will that be better?

picture065From this pic, you can see the red patio set that we scavenged from the trash room. It is okay but I think we might store it away for camping or give it to my mom or something. We got a really cute (and Large – How is everything going to fit?!?!?!) patio furniture set from Target with gift cards from the wedding!

Target Patio FurnitureNow I just have to organize and decorate!!! Oh and one more thing, my favorite cute lights finally quit working. They shatter very easily it turns out!

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Balcony Decorating on a Budget

Sooo… My first REAL blog posting! I’m excited!

I’ve got to share my various wedding planning creations, my DIY-ish “bedroom,” the awesome and easy Christmas ornaments I made, my Professional Crafting Office, a tiny but {I think} cute home bar I put together, the home decorating I’ve done, and some style tips I got from a fashionista friend. But today I will tell you about my balcony.

I had one ‘Must-Have’ during my apartment search. That was a balcony.

I love the outdoors. Drinking yummy drinks on a balcony is a million times better than in the boring indoors. Everyone needs somewhere to hang their Christmas, Halloween and summer outdoor lights. And I knew my apartment was going to be small so a balcony would be the perfect way to add fun living space.

Of course I couldn’t go out and buy expensive patio furniture like these beauties :

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(Found on Pinterest)

and I also didn’t want something that took up THAT much space. Here were my inspiration pictures:

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(Found on Pinterest)

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(Found on Pinterest)

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(Found on Pinterest)

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(Found on Pinterest)

The last picture, above with the kitty, is my absolute favorite. However, I knew I wasn’t going to have the money or skills to make one of those wood pallet chairs/benches that people try to say are so easy, although that would have worked to make this setup. And cushions like that probably cost a pretty penny. What I really loved was the way the lights made the whole area so cute and how the kitty could enjoy it too. Some of the other pictures above are also really cute and relatively simple. I loved the rugs and the bright colors and of course the plants {definitely not there yet on the plants though}.

I focused on what I could do to cheaply create the look in my inspiration pictures. I figured I could do rugs, colors, lights, and cuteness pretty easily. I also needed at least some furniture. First I bought pretty lights at Target. Then I found this outdoor bench cushion in the clearance section at Marshalls:

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I liked the lime green color and planned to buy a cheap coffee table to use as a bench and put the cushion on. Next, I found this really pretty bright pink chair cushion at TJ Maxx:

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I knew it would be easy to find a cheap and cute chair to fit it. Back at Marshall’s, I found a lone lime green side table that was plastic and would work well outside. I already had two yellow planters and found a blue ceramic solar light and this super cute rug on clearance at Target:

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Now for seating – the main need of any good Drinking Balcony. I got a wicker chair that was kind of a splurge. I ended up paying $32-ish for it with a coupon, from Pier 1. I couldn’t find any coffee tables for $10-ish like I was hoping (LOL) (I didn’t know my way around the city enough to find a used furniture store and had no luck searching online), to put the cushions on and use as a bench. But then, as I was planning to open up a Target credit card to pay for a $50 coffee table, I found some plastic-crate-stacking-shelve-things. Three of them together were the perfect length for my cushion! I was SO excited!

So after this long description, Here She Is!!!!!!!! I love her.

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Don’t judge me for my sad basil plant… It’s December 1st and that thing has been alive since May okay!

Below is a stained glass bird my mom got me a while back. Before I had a balcony, I could never really find the right spot for it but I think it is great out here.

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Since this is my first time blogging I do not yet know how to rotate pictures… Sorry! I will be working on figuring this out 🙂

Below is the part that still needs some work. I’m starting a compost bin in the yellow planter! Yes, that is a recyclable bottle.

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I am really excited about composting! I’m kind of science-nerdy…

And last but not least, a pretty night time view.

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I am very proud of my balcony. It isn’t quite as perfect as the ones from Pinterest but I love it. I just need to add some pillows, maybe have a couple blankets out there, more candles. Some winter plants {is there such thing?}. And of course a grill. Which will require a table.