Ikea Balso Garden Pot: 1 pot, 3 uses

Ikea Balso Garden Pot: 1 pot, 3 uses

Laure Joliet
May 5, 2008

We picked up one of Ikea's new garden pots for its simplicity and fun texture. When we got home, we realized we could use it for a number of things around the house.

Ikea's Balso Pot drew us right in. We got the medium size, but were tempted to get a whole set to do some container gardening. Instead we got one and tried it out a couple of different ways:

As a catch-all at the bottom of the stairs. Here we used it for the kids' shoes so we don't break our necks tripping over them. But it could just as easily hold outgoing mail, a purse or canvas shopping bags (so we don't forget them).

For its intended purpose, we filled it with tons of flowers for springtime. Normally we opt for succulents which are long lasting and drought tolerant, but as a special case we wanted to bring a burst of color to the patio.

The ever classic fruit bowl. Sometimes even better than cut flowers, this bowl holds a ton of fruit that pops with springtime color and reminds us to opt for the apple instead of the cookie!

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