Chrissy's Brownstone Brooklyn Hidden Gem

Small, Cool Outdoors Entry #30

Name: Christine H.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 100 square feet

Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: That's a tough one. There are so many favorite things because I consider it such a vital component of my apartment. Having lived without an outdoor space in the past, I know that I cannot ever again live without my own little patch of nature, no matter how tiny it may be. If I had to choose a favorite thing, I guess it would be the flexibility of the space. I can BBQ, read and nap on the bench, pull out the bench and sit around it on the ground during dinner parties (as in one of the photos), have the girls over for wine and cheese, eat cherries right off of the tree that hangs over my deck. It's my little hidden gem.

Biggest Design Challenge With This Space: My apartment is a rental, so I cannot completely change or alter with construction or paint. That's hard because I have tons of ideas, but I don't think the landlord would be happy with me if I tried to do them!

Tips for Creating a Great Small Outdoor Space: I am a big believer that if you surround yourself with things you love, your space will always come together and look great. Don't be afraid to mix different styles. Mine is so eclectic, and that's what makes it mine! Pick up textiles, pottery and trinkets on your travels, and incorporate those things into your design. Bring the indoors outside. Who says you can't have a bed with lots of pillows and even blankets? Those things are what makes it cozy! Oh, and have fun with your decorating. It's OK to get a little crazy.

Thanks, Christine, and good luck!

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