Before & After: My Teeny Tiny English Balcony Upgrade

Before & After: My Teeny Tiny English Balcony Upgrade

Claire Bock
May 29, 2013

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.

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.

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)

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