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Flashback Friday: Tips for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Since I’m taking a short break from blogging for a week or so, I thought it would be great to revisit an old post that you may have missed.

Click the image below to see my tips on how to maximize your balcony/patio/deck/any bit of outdoor space you can claim as your own.

How to maximize your outdoor space decorating tips by The DIY Homegirl patio balcony apartment

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Living in a White Box: How to Create a Container Garden

Here in northwest Ohio, we’re overjoyed that it is finally spring! After an odd winter, seeing green pop back into the world feels so wonderful. Spring also signifies the start of the gardening season.

If you live in apartment or other rented home, chances are, you aren’t able to plant a garden right into the ground. No worries though, because you can still spiff up your outdoor space by planting a container garden. Continue reading to learn my tips on how you can still enjoy gardening in your rented home.

Living in a White Box decorating 7 tips on how to create balcony patio container garden by The DIY Homegirl

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My Perfectly Pink Balcony Makeover

A few months ago, I decided to re-decorate my outdoor space with a new color scheme: pink. pink coral salmon red black white patio balcony outdoor space makeover container garden flamingo tropical Indian brick   patio chair folding table painted tray henna candles votives lantern sisal rope coasters mandevilla duck canvas fabric paint box cushion cover envelope pillow cover quatrefoil

This makeover had to be done with just the right shades of pink that would coordinate with the brick walls of my balcony. Pink can be a tricky color to decorate with in an adult space. Ironically, my muse for this makeover was my favorite animal as a child: the flamingo.

Read along to find out how I achieved the perfect shade of pink for my brick balcony, check out my new container garden, and how I coordinated everything with a tropical and India-inspired style.

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Pretty in Pink: Patio Inspiration Board

Pink Balcony Inspiration Board coral salmon flamingo patio outdoor decor brick quatrefoil terra cotta planter glass candle votive white powder coated metal Burlingame patio chair plastic side table Walmart Big Lots Target Ikea Target Home Depot

Do you ever get ideas that seem to come to you from nowhere? I don’t believe in coincidences, so when these ideas appear to me “out of the blue,” I embrace them. I consider them a form of creative intuition.

However, my latest epiphany left me scratching my head: re-decorate the balcony with PINK.

Now, I’m not an anti-pinkite. Pink just isn’t a color that strongly appeals to me. So when this idea came to me, I was skeptical. I decided to entertain the idea and see how I could make this work. Read along to see what decor items I’m using for inspiration and some of the accessories I will include in my balcony makeover.

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How To Maximize Your Balcony/Patio/Outdoor Space

This year, I set a personal goal to spend more time out on my balcony. Here are some ways you can also do so with your balcony, patio, deck, or other outdoor space.

How to maximize your outdoor space decorating tips by The DIY Homegirl patio balcony apartment

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How to Makeover Your Patio Furniture On the Cheap

One of my favorite past-times is to make over something, especially with paint. I’m a sucker for any activity involving a paint brush. This mission to redecorate involved my balcony, a lovely space I consider as another room in my home.

The issue: the colors of my patio furniture no longer coordinated with the colors in my living room. I like to coordinate the colors in each of my rooms to create a sense of flow. They aren’t all decorated in the same colors, but they do each share a common color. I chose to extend this decor flow out to my balcony.

Several years ago, I scored a couple of outdoor sling chairs from Walmart for my balcony. They’re made of mesh and are fairly comfy, and were a decent golden yellow, not too bright like a lot of patio furniture. At the time, these warm colors matched well with the purples I had in my living room.

balcony outdoor space yellow patio sling chairs before

Before, 2010…

Last year, I tried working with the yellow and incorporated it into my indoor color scheme of turquoise and red. I sewed these pillow shams and painted a lotus design to tie the colors together:

balcony outdoor space yellow patio sling chairs before turquoise red color scheme

Before, 2011…

I dug the gold/turquoise/red color scheme, but I just didn’t love it. So, I decided to coordinate ALL the colors on my balcony to those in my living room,which now includes mint green and makeover those yellow chairs:

Painted patio sling chair in mint green jade seafoam with batik teal pillow

…After, 2012

The new color is also great because I can mix and match decor between the living room and balcony. There’s no tutorial since it was a pretty easy process. Here’s how I did it with latex paint:

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7 Tips for Creating a Balcony Garden

Apartment patio balcony container garden shade east-facing space 7 Tips for Creating a Balcony Garden by The DIY Homegirl thumbnail

My parents have more gardening knowledge than I do (which I utilize!), but for the last few years, I’ve specialized in gardening in a tricky spot: the shaded balcony. These tips are helpful to follow even if you don’t have a shaded balcony & instead have another outdoor space such as a patio, deck or sunroom.

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Balcony Garden: 2011

Finally, the seemingly eternal rain lifted & I could start my garden & decorate on my balcony. I’m still working on some decorating out there, but here’s a quick comparison of the balcony last year and today:
apartment balcony container garden

BEFORE: 2010

apartment balcony container garden

AFTER: 2011

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Reminiscing: My Balcony

I’m one of those people who roll their eyes at others complaining about winter. It’s not even March yet, so the snow and ice really isn’t uncharacteristic for NW Ohio weather. Shoot, we could have snow and ice even in April. Even though I love spring, I truly enjoy all seasons, so winter just isn’t that big a deal to me. Of course, I also work from home, so I have the lovely option of deciding when to clean off my car.

But even with my acceptance of winter, I very much look forward to spring. The upcoming change in seasons will be the second spring in my current home and the second spring with a balcony. I will be so happy for the days I can spend time out there: reading, eating, online, meditating, even napping. Join me as a I take a moment to reflect on last year: 

Snapshots From My Balcony Garden

Today I discovered my transplanted morning glory has finally rebloomed! I was pretty excited about that. Really, it’s the little things that make me happy sometimes.

I’ve also been watching some of my other plants grow. It’s crazy how large my Boston fern has gotten. I didn’t even know this was possible! It’s starting to look like it has tentacles. This has been it’s growth in 3 months: Continue reading