As I have mentioned it before, we are still renting an apartment until we have saved up enough to buy our first home, hopefully sometime in 2012. So for now, we have to make our apartment work. We have access to the back yard, but it is 2 stories down and all the way at the end of a garage full of construction equipment and other stuff.
That’s for sure no easy access to an outdoor space where we can enjoy a little bit of sun in the afternoon or drink our morning coffee.
We do have this though:
Sadly, this was nowhere near the relaxing space I wanted our balcony to be.
So I took a close look at what I wanted and needed for this place:
- Comfy chairs with fun covers
- A table to put a glass on
- I didn’t want to spend a lot
- It had to be save for the baby.
First, I searched stores like Amazon, Ikea, Walmart and Overstock. None of the sets seemed to be comfortable AND cheap. All the bistro sets I looked at, where either cheap and seemed to be uncomfortable, or they where simply far too expensive.
This set had the price ($65.00 I think), a look I liked and chairs that actually seemed to be comfy. The ratings were very good too. However, I hesitated to buy this set, because my son is a climber and I was very afraid for him to climb onto the chair and then onto the table and for him to fall off the balcony. Scary thought!
So, this one would not work for us.
I also checked out Ikea, and they have some very nice outdoor sets right now.
I particularly liked this one:
I loved the blue cushions that fit these chairs and the price was great. But again, especially the table was too high for my comfort zone and the chairs were cute but did not invite for long sitting sessions.
Then I had an idea. We always used to have our blue beach chairs on the balcony. They are comfortable but not cute enough.
So I got two of these cushions from Ikea at 9.99 each:
Then I saw they had small outdoor footstools that could serve as my table:
I got a small plant, a little tray and one of their small multi-use rugs ($3.99), and created my own balcony oasis for about $ 50.00.
Here is another close-up:
Last week, we already enjoyed our first warm evening of the year outside. I believe we sat outside until almost 10pm enjoying a glass of wine.
I am so happy about this little update, especially since all my requirements were met. I did not spend a lot of money, my balcony is very cute now, the chairs are comfortable and the table is VERY low, so that even if my son climbs on it, he is not able to reach the top end of the balcony rail.
Last week, I caught myself peaking out to the balcony soooo many times. Amazing how a little flower and some fun colors can really turn a space around to the better. This is definitely going to work for us this summer.
(Liniked up to Centsational Girls’ Outdoor Party)