My Great Outdoors: GColmer's Peaceful Balcony

My Great Outdoors: GColmer's Peaceful Balcony

Janel Laban
Jun 23, 2009

Name: GColmer
Location: Montreal
Type of space: Balcony

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I LOVE my balcony. Because I have large patio doors, my balcony is a extension of my living room so I wanted it to be gorgeous. I knew I would spend time there during the summer because it's such a peaceful place to escape to. I live in the middle of the city so having a balcony that looks out on a beautiful interior garden with fountain is something I never expected to have. My balcony is also the place where my dog Maverick hangs out during the day when I'm at work (I leave the door open so he can come in and out as he likes)....

Although I dream of someday having an actual ward, the good side to having a small balcony is that you can splurge and be creative since there isn't much space to fill.

How did you create it?:
I started by checking out home design websites (including Apartment Therapy of course!) to get inspired and find some ideas. Then I drew a rough plan of my balcony to decide where I would put the various plants. This allowed me to determine how many plants I actually needed and write down a clear list. I also thought about the purpose some of the plants could have (ex: hanging plants to hide the view of my neighbours ugly patio on the lower level).

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
Local market for plants and herbs. Pier 1 for room divider which acts as support for climbing plant. Chair from Ikea.

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