Before & After: My Teeny Tiny English Balcony Upgrade

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The lack of summery weather in London over the past few years has put my balcony on the back burner of my upgrade list. This spring, I decided that maybe a balcony refresh would bring a sunnier summer. Here are a few of the simple changes that I made to my teeny tiny outdoor space.

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Watson, my French bulldog, approves of the new front balcony furniture and window boxes filled with herbs. I have a notorious black thumb, so the plants were my biggest hesitation, as I hate the idea of making the investment in something that I have been known to kill in a matter of weeks. So I consulted my friends who love to garden and they recommended the heartiest of herbs, which include thyme and rosemary (also a few of my favorites when cooking).

I replaced the old IKEA furniture with two Arc en Ciel chairs from Emu and a zinc-topped table from the Balcony Gardener. This table was the only table that I was able to find to fit the space. With a diameter of just 15 inches, it fits my small balcony perfectly. I didn’t get rid of the Trina Turk yellow lantern, as I love how it lights up the space. I simply moved it to a better location.

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The back balcony is the larger of the two and serves many functions, including garbage storage and housing the BBQ. To warm up the space, I added solar powered lanterns from IKEA. These lanterns are great for renters, as there is no need for an electrical hook-up. For the greenery, I started simple with two boxwood trees that were a great find at Costco (yes there is a Costco, even in London). Boxwoods do really well in the British weather, and these two have been thriving on my balcony. 

Now I just need a few sunny weekends for BBQ's, and I have the perfect space to extend my entertaining outdoors.

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(Images: Claire Bock)

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