Well hello there, Friends! I hope you all are enjoying your Labor Day Weekend! I know I sure am! Grab yourself a glass of rosé and join me as I take y’all on a little tour of our balcony aka my happy place. When I say little, I do mean little…we’re working with about 80sqft here. Our balcony is long but very narrow, it’s barely 4′ wide. Somehow I’ve managed to find a way to maximize the narrow space and love how it’s turned out.
This weekend was the perfect time for me to finally photograph this space because #1, I had the time and #2, I’m planting new plants next weekend. I ordered 2 new hydrangea plants online that will be here this week. They are supposed to bloom year round, so I’m super excited for that. If you’re interested I purchased Endless Summer Hydrangeas. I’m also going to plant some fall flowers, more herbs, and maybe some type of lettuce.
When we first moved into this apartment (almost 3 years ago, crazy how time flies) I purchased this small outdoor dining set. It’s the perfect size for the narrow balcony. I love sitting out here at night under the glow of the market string lights. It’s hard to beat the glow of string lights in my opinion so I installed some in the balcony ceiling. Fingers crossed they don’t look up at the ceiling when we move out because I definitely drilled a hole….or 6. Anyone know how to patch stucco?? Haha, guess I’ll find out soon enough.
I really wanted to put some type of palm out here but they are so expensive. All the ones I liked were $150+ which was just too much for something I was unsure would survive. This particular part of the balcony gets the most sun and everything I put in this corner gets fried. So I opted for this faux palm that I got on sale at Target back in the spring for only $75. Now there’s no chance of it dying.
Once I started doing all this planting I was in desperate need of somewhere to put all my gardening supplies. I did not think I’d be able to find something that would fit on the balcony but I did. While it does store all my gardening supplies it’s currently also housing all my Fall and Christmas decor that I’ve been rounding up the last month or so. This storage box was super easy to put together, holds a good amount of things inside, and also serves as a second table top for decor and plants.
I love these lanterns that I scored on super sale at Target a few years back. They sit out in both the rain and shine and are still in great condition. I purchased new LED candles this year because I left mine out in the rain last year (oops). These ones claimed they wouldn’t melt, but as you can see they have definitely started melting and are leaning like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They still work though so I’m going to leave them and just replace them next year.
Currently in “Amber’s Urban Garden” there are four different varieties of hydrangeas, dwarf myer lemon tree, basil, mint (I just trimmed them back completely so you can’t really tell it’s mint), some bushy coastal shrub thing, blueberries, and strawberries. Speaking of strawberries…I had no idea how viney these could get. Maybe it’s the way I’m growing them but I have strawberry vines everywhere.
The second I saw this OpalHouse Mirror from Target I “HAD” to have it. I didn’t really have anywhere to put the mirror inside but bought it anyways. I love how it looks hanging outside with this faux palm leaf attached.
See what I mean??? Look at all those strawberry vines! I also love how the leaves on the strawberry plants are starting to change to match the pretty fall foliage that I love so much this time of year.
This outdoor rug was the perfect size to cozy up the dining table area along with some throw pillows and a turkish towel as a throw blanket.
Thanks for letting me welcome you onto our balcony on this long weekend!
I tried to link as much as I could throughout this post and below. Since most of these items are all seasonal not everything is still available so I linked to the closest alternative. All my planters are mostly from HomeGoods except for the solid blue pots that are from Lowes and the terra cotta pots from the plant nursery.