Hey everyone, welcome back to Shades of Tay - blog style!
I am super exciting to be sharing today's post with you. I recently gave my balcony a bit of a facelift and documented it along the way. I have pictures and items that I really wanted to share. My balcony is one of my sacred places that I cherish, since I grew up in Keswick with lots of greenery moving to Toronto has been a pretty big adjustment for me. I love to sit on my balcony and read, write, drink wine and relax - I wanted to make it more cozy with some decor and such.
First things first I scrubbed the hell out of everything - swept the floor, wiped down the railings and furniture, cleaned the windows, etc. I wanted to make sure everything was sparkling clean before I started decorating.
I found this cute outdoor rug at Costco for $17.99, which is an incredible price! I think the cheapest I could find something similar online was around $50. The outdoor rug really livens up the balcony and preserves your feet from the nasty concrete. I couldn't find it online to link below, but it is from my local Costco - I'm assuming they should have a few at yours.
The lights I chose were very inexpensive and I ordered them on Amazon, I didn't want to invest too much money into lights right away. I got some command hook clips to hang them since I was not able to wrap them around the railing. I just started in the corner and put a clip every 2 feet apart. The lights turned out so great, they're dimmable too so I can adjust the lighting with the remote it comes from. I'll link the lights and clips below:
Once the lights were hung and in the place I liked, I then set up 2 side tables with the furniture we have we didn't have anywhere to really place drinks or food. I grabbed these tables from IKEA - they were $16.99 each so really affordable and great additions for our balcony. I know some IKEA stuff can be incredibly difficult, but the tables were incredibly easy to set up - I got them together in just a few minutes.
I picked up 2 little lanterns from IKEA that are supposed to hold a candle but I figured with the string lights and being downtown surrounded by lights I wouldn't need the extra lighting. So I grabbed a pack of artificial succulents, since real ones probably wouldn't uphold in the heat we get. I just popped a little succulent in each lantern and put the lanterns on the side tables, I LOVE how this little pop of greenery brightens up the tables. These lanterns are the cutest little addition to our sanctuary, they come in black & white - I was super conflicted but ended up going with the black because it wouldn't show dirt as much and the shade of the plant pots clashed a little bit with the white.
Things started to come together after I did the gardening part, I picked up 2 flower box type planters that actually hang right on to the railing. I wanted some greenery to really freshen up the place without taking up too much space, these worked out great. Because our cushions are red I wanted to stick to strictly green plants, nothing too colorful - I am OBSESSED with the way this turned out. So I took my planter boxes and put some tiny holes in the bottom for drainage, then lined the bottom with some stones from the dollar store. And hung them on the railing before they got too heavy with the soil and plants. I then dumped in the planting soil and added the little green plants, I put 4 plants in each box. If you have a small space but want to add some really cute greenery, I highly suggest these planter boxes.
I am beyond pleased with the way my vision came together, it is such a rewarding feeling when you plan out every little detail of a room or space and it just flows as well as you had hoped. Huge shout out to IKEA for always having the things I need when I'm looking to do an easy and inexpensive makeover to my place. I cannot wait to enjoy a good book, glass of wine and lots of memories on our beautiful balcony this summer.
Hope you enjoyed this little makeover/tutorial!
Until next time - cheers!