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.
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.
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.
(Images: Claire Bock)