„Even the smallest places can give the greatest ideas“
Now it’s mid-August, and despite a couple of days with capricious April weather, the summer more or less held its promise: on some days it was blazing hot.
Right now it looks more like autumn outside, but I’m still hoping we’ll have a good couple more sunny days. In Berlin it can get really warm an beautiful in September, sometimes even in October. Fortunately I already know where I’ll spend a large part of my time when the sun comes out:
Be it for the first coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening – my new favorite spot is an oasis of calm and relaxation. Out here, I take my time with things, and disconnect. And the best bit is, this heavenly place opens up from my living room, only a few steps from my couch: my balcony.
So, this balcony post may be a little late, but it’s still in time. As long as there is the prospect of sun, I know I can look forward to enjoying it at home, but still outside at the same time, relax in the middle of hectic Berlin.
I must say though, getting there took me some effort. My balcony used to be more of a storage area, strewn with dried flowers, a decaying christmas tree and foldable plastic chairs. In other words, a trash heap, rather than an oasis. The only connection to relaxation I could see was that some pitiful flowers had found their final resting place out there. But once the resolution was made, sprucing up the balcony was actually a pretty straightforward process.
storage elements: ikea
stuff: H&M & Butlers
And since it’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel, Ruth Waserman of Made.com has some quick and easy tips for you how to sort out your own balcony:
1. Use colourful textiles and prints
A very swift and sure-fire way to make your balcony more friendly and summery. Experiment with some palm tree motifs, for example. Super en vogue right now, and guaranteed to get you in a holiday mood!
2. No summer without flowers!
Try to create a balanced mix of flowers and potted plants. In an ideal case, the flowers look beautiful and smell great. It’s awesome to see some plants bear fruit, like for example berries on your balcony. If you don’t have much space to work with, try hanging pots. Always an eye-catcher!
The right lighting!
Stay out after sunset, and illuminate your oasis with lights, lanterns or candles. This will create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, and you really add beauty to your evenings.
Small balcony – big problem?
Not necessarily. How about getting some storage furniture that doubles up as seats?
5. Think outside the box!
Get yourself some light and comfy seats, foldable chairs or decorative beanbags that are easy to store in the flat. When spontaneous visitors pop in you’ll be prepared!
Jumpsuit: By Malene Birger