Balcony Updates and Outdoor Furniture Roundup

The balcony has been an ever evolving project over the last two years. Partially out of my control (6 month long construction nightmare) but it’s come a long way and I wanted to share the progress and a few changes I still want to make. I’ve also included a round up of stylish, affordable furniture and accessories at the end so be sure to check those out if you’re looking to make some changes to your own outdoor space.

Here’s the balcony before I moved in: 

Balcony after move in: (Rug, lights, curtains, fake plants, sofa and dining set added)

Balcony after construction:
Construction (on all apartments in my building) involved new railing, completely new concrete slab and side. The only thing left untouched was brick (thank goodness, my favorite part), and the door/windows. I added a  new rug (unfortunately the exact one is no longer available but I’ve linked a similar one here) and did not put the curtain system back up but everything else is the same.

Changes I want to make:
While my dream would be to have this sofa or this sofa, I have to be a bit more realistic with the price tag. So I’ve pulled together these love seats at a better price point, all under $500.

New coffee table– my current one was literally free on craigslist, so it has served it’s purpose for the last two years, but I’m ready for something a little nicer. These are all under $150.

Accessories– when I sell the love seat, I’ll probably also sell the pillows and cushion along with it, so I’d like to incorporate a few new throw pillows and other accessories here.

2015 Highlights: Craigslist Finds, Tips and Transformations

I really stepped up my Craigslist game this year and was able to find a bunch of awesome pieces (one was even free!) for my new place. If you missed anything else in the 2015 Highlights series so far, check out the other posts here:

2015 Highlights: Getting Organized // 2015 Highlights: Favorite DIY Projects 

Starting off with my biggest (and my personal favorite) Craigslist gem, the mid-century modern credenza. It definitely needed some love and attention so I brought it back to life with the help of a Young House Love tutorial and the results were even better than I could have hoped for. Here’s a look back at the evolution:

Mid-Century Modern Credenza // How to Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza Pt. 1 // How to Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza Pt. 2

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Next up in the craigslist scores: this gorgeous little chair for my desk:

Desk Chair Swap
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Those were the last Craigslist finds for my old studio apartment, and then I went on a mega-hunt to completely furnish my balcony at my new place:

Balcony Inspiration: Update // Balcony Reveal //
Custom Outdoor Cushions for the Balcony

I scored this rattan table for free:Lagu7Uhvk3FOoot_kS_2h13ugi2SXTyYIUzxWBpPfn0

And these other items for a great deal:
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My most recent Craigslist find rounded out my new bedroom and provided much needed storage:

Craigslist Score + Gallery Wall Update

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2015 was certainly a banner-year for Craigslist items. And it proves you can furnish spaces with beautiful, affordable pieces! It just takes a little patience and some online digging. To help you find a Craigslist score of your own, check out these posts:

Ask Studio Style Blog: Volume VI // Finding Gems on Craigslist: Part One: The Search // Finding Gems on Craigslist: Part Two: Sealing the Deal

 

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Happy NYE! Will be back tomorrow with one last post in the 2015 Highlights series.

Balcony Reveal

After hoarding outdoor furniture in my studio apartment for a couple weeks and living in tight quarters, I was starting to wonder if it would be worth it but it definitely was. I did a ton of craigslist hunting, thrifting, etc and managed to fully furnish the balcony for a really affordable price.

The ‘before’ photos show the blank slate and the ‘afters’ turned out just as amazing as I’d hoped. Check out the transformation below and let me know what you think!
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After:

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Here’s a little breakdown of where I found everything:
White bench: Craigslist // Purple throw pillows: World Market  (no longer sold) // Bench cushion: Target // Rattan Table: Free (!) on Craigslist // Rug: OfferUp // Plants and Lantern: Ikea // Curtain system and curtains: Ikea // Patio table and chairs: Craigslist // Custom Black and White Seat Cushions: Etsy // Lights: Amazon
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If you look closely (don’t mind the ugly scaffolding surrounding it) you can see the capitol! It’s a much better view in person 🙂 i60ev1P-j5K1IC7IU25-JLmYIC1dKBLpMkXrCDx_CQAOmKtDXRbjyQr5FN0pcOJuP-XS2SIKBKJpGkV0b8DcEUwQunLzGoEPDWGlgzG9uUBUQjEu00qRuEKS41qMwPdGA113GC1ErC5971nqVL-YrO_hoT1rZyu-izbshN8TQu1gZjyFBCoY_4yw-AW8mRRSlC5XUR5rIJDktuENC2OdOiI

Custom Outdoor Cushions for the Balcony

If you remember on my balcony plans posts, I was on the hunt for a resource for custom cushions for my craigslist score outdoor dining set. After a lot of Etsy searching, I found Britta Leigh Designs. She has a huge selection of seat cushions for both indoor and outdoor furniture. I knew I wanted a specific black and white striped fabric so I reached out to see if she could make custom cushions to fit the smaller size of my chairs and use the striped outdoor fabric.

Britta was super helpful and responsive and ordered the fabric I requested and made the most gorgeous custom cushions!

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Not only do they look great, they are very comfortable and already quite durable. DC had a huge downpour of rain a couple nights ago and these guys were completely dry by morning. cq64zQ-wH7NT1YFgsVr0l95iwWpPWdAPejsZONo75z4I also requested that she add little tie backs to each cushion so they wouldn’t slide off. They work perfectly and don’t slide around when you sit down and the little bows at the back just make them look even more adorable, in my opinion 🙂GXjOUXMv6U-t5Jcqa908QbPTeFfF10AUPsCKvoedThU If you’re looking for a quality, affordable resource for outdoor or indoor cushions, head over to Britta Leigh Designs! Her shop is full of great items and you can also go the custom route if you have your eye on a specific fabric or unusual size. 2-CrKYOZ3TDD7SrDwTQ5N0KAQUc1_uO6iXQXTx7Ldsk R2V35apjQ3i4JZfLzC_NIroz-L4F0Lbmqv3_o_7E9TEI’ll leave you with one last sneak peek at the curtains on the other side of the balcony. The whole space turned out even better than I imagined and I can’t wait to show you the full balcony reveal next week!  bTJEJNAO33IvUZJT4D-t6JiPeTnD2L0SBnYif3R8ugA
The seat cushions were provided by Britta Leigh Designs but all opinions, tips and images are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here

Balcony Inspiration: Update

I’ve made some progress on the balcony furniture/accessories since my last post, so I thought I’d share a quick update. I found this table and four chairs for a reasonable price on craigslist:
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As well as this side table for free on craigslist:IMG_5751 I picked up two of these pillows on sale at World Market:02d946c9d9a6be01296a0d81c3dace3202d946c9d9a6be01296a0d81c3dace32
 As much as I love a good Ikea trip, I really didn’t have the time, so thanks to online ordering, I had this small plant, these larger plants and four curtain panels shipped to my door.
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I found a fantastic Etsy shop that made custom black and white striped cushions for the chairs above and they are set to arrive this week. I wanted some similar to these (below) in a custom size and fabric and I can’t wait to see them in person! Full post on those coming up next month.
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I found a great Pier 1 indoor/outdoor rug on OfferUp and I’m picking it up tonight:

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The last furniture item I have left on my list is a love seat or bench.. I’m currently trolling craigslist and found this one which looks to be in great condition (the cushion would be recovered) so hopefully I might be able to score this little beauty. 00V0V_1LO9WKHBKlq_600x450
I’m also currently figuring out a rather complicated solution to installing the curtains on my balcony, which has turned out to be quite challenging, but with a little Home Depot help and a (likely) call to a handyman, I think I’ll be able to make it work. More on that later.

Balcony Inspiration

As you might have noticed in my Apartment Hunting post, I’m looking to find a place with a balcony. And I might have found a winner… stay tuned. If I do move into this particular apartment, the balcony is a pretty decent size but could definitely use some sprucing up. So I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. I’ve selected a few of my favorite photos below and then will show you how to get the look (at an affordable price) later on in the post.

Inspiration:

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Photo Credits:
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Sprucing up:
These deck tiles will be perfect to cover up a not so glamorous floor situation and the light and airy curtains will give it that cabana type vibe I’m going for.

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Privacy:
This apartment will likely be a corner unit, which is great, because I’d only have one adjoining wall/balcony rather than two. I’d still like to have a bit of a privacy screen without compromising natural light or space, so this decorative panel seems like a great solution.

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Furniture:
I’ve been on a Craigslist spree lately and scored this patio set: bistro table and four chairs for half the price it regularly goes for. I’d like to use my balcony for entertaining, eating and occasionally working on my laptop, so having a table and chairs was a must.

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I still need to confirm the exact measurements, but I think a small love seat or  bench will also fit on the balcony. I’d love to find a small, affordable one to incorporate along with a tiny side table or garden stool. I definitely want to make this space an extension of the apartment and basically a second living room.
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Chair // Table // Loveseat // Side Table // Garden Stool //

Decor:
Last but not least, to get the look of my inspiration photos, I want to add a bunch of tall fake plants from Ikea (I’ll never keep real ones alive), a rug, a few throw pillows, and I’m currently searching around on Etsy to see if someone will make small custom black and white cushions for my Craigslist chairs with that gorgeous fabric below.

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Plants // Fabric // Plants // Rug 1 // Rug 2 // Pillow 1 // Pillow 2 //

I’m really excited to have the opportunity to decorate an outdoor space again! I haven’t had one for the last few years and I’m beyond ready for a balcony. Stay tuned for more outdoor posts over the next few weeks and months as I’ll hopefully bring this vision to life.

Favorite Outdoor Furniture and Decor

It’s finally warming up in DC after a long winter, so I decided to pull together a couple of my favorite outdoor furniture pieces and accessories to create stylish and functional living spaces. I haven’t had the luxury of a balcony or patio in my last couple apartments but my building has a lovely rooftop deck that I plan to spend every spare moment on during the warmer months. Wherever I live next, I really hope to find somewhere with a little balcony. It’s so nice to have a second living space outdoors to have a meal, read a book, get a tan or have a cocktail.

Whether you’re furnishing and decorating a small balcony in the city or a large patio or deck in the suburbs, there’s a ton of great options for everyone. My favorite places for stylish, affordable outdoor furniture and accessories are Target and World Market. A couple other sites are noted below as well.

Furniture: 

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Target
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Outdoor throw pillows and rugs:

World Market:
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Target:

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Accessories:

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World Market
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Lighting: 

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Terrain
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For more outdoor inspiration and places to shop, check out these posts:

Urban Outdoor Inspiration

Stylish Outdoor Furniture on a Budget