“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”
Summer feels like it has finally reached our beautiful British Isles. Depending on when you read this that may or may not be true. It may not last for long, and we may not be fully equipped to deal with it, but I am lapping it up as long as it lasts. When the weather is this nice I tend to wish we had some outdoor living space. I know we will have some sooner rather than later, but the reality of it doesn’t put me off from daydreaming.
I’m all about “lagom” at the moment and am working on transforming our lives into the simplicity of having “just enough”; because of that I am not daydreaming of my perfect garden in a house that I probably won’t be living in anytime soon, but on how to transform the balcony of my next flat into the serene outdoor oasis for the summer months.
I rarely have a specific design in mind, and tend to go more with what calls to me. With inspiration abounding on the internet it’s hard to stick to one design theme. That being said, I am currently loving the vibrancy of nature, and am opting for more natural materials and bright colours that are all among us. There are certain must haves for me at the moment in terms of materials and objects, and whatever your style decor I know they can help you in transforming a bland balcony into an outdoor oasis. If you are lucky to have a “proper” garden space everything I share with you will also work as it’s flexible and you can easily make it work for you.
I have loved rattan for as long as I can remember and a garden must have is a good piece of rattan furniture. There are so many options for garden furniture depending on the size of your space. I am loving this beautiful bistro set from Fishpools which I think it’s perfect for a balcony. Think of good patio furniture as an investment piece. Investing in a sturdy and well made piece can ensure that it lasts and can be used for years to come. If you’re a savvy shopper than you can snag a bargain and not compromise on quality.
Most balconies and gardens tend to have a concrete slab as flooring. It is useful and strong, but it isn’t pleasant to the eye. If you’re a renter then laying decking is out of the question. While you can opt for a hard wearing outdoor rug a great alternative is deck flooring which you can pick up at Ikea. With different colours available and an affordable price you can lay it down and take it with you when you move.
Just like lighting can set the mood indoors, it can help do the same outdoors. With so many cute options you can go for solar candles, solar string lights, or good old fashioned battery operated fairy lights. The options in what mood you can create are endless. Although, if you prefer you can also relax in the dark and star gaze if the night is clear.
Outdoor storage is a must have in my book. Keeping with the natural elements a paper rope unit with multiple drawers can serve to store everything from a blanket for those chilly evenings, to storage for small garden tools and flower bulbs, if you are green thumbed, of course. As always, it’s all about versatile items and ways in which you can make things work for your specific situation.