Being the smallest space among all the featured condos also means I get a small mention on the cover! "Condo Style Balconies to Love from 98 sq ft": yes, my balcony is less than 100 sq ft and here is how it lives large with colors, patterns, and a lot of attention to details.
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Of course I have to show you the fun behind the scene footage, so you can all appreciate the efforts and hard work from the dedicated Ann Marie and Donna during the photo shoot. To capture the perfect shot on the right hand side, Ann Marie had to lean over the railing and held up this light control screen that was bigger than her. And may I remind you I do live high up in the sky: 28 floors above ground to be exact. With my fear of height, I probably would have fainted if I was given the task.
These couple of shots capture the essence of my balcony. They also illustrate the design tips highlighted in the May Issue of Style at Home. As you can see, I installed wood-slat flooring over the existing concrete floor to add warmth, subtle patterns, and wood is definitely softer on bare feet than concrete. To inject a touch of "zen" and extra weights to hold down the solar outdoor lights, I filled the gap between the wood tiles and the railing with smooth river rocks in charcoal grey.
The rug is actually a DIY project where I selected an outdoor fabric, had it cut to size, and bound with navy blue boarder. To make it feel more like a rug on feet, I added a carpet underpad for extra cushion and firmness. This project is inexpensive and effective, especially if you are having trouble finding the rug you like in the right size.
Plants and flowers bring life to any spaces and this is particularly true for this balcony of a 30 year-old condo. Given the strong wind and harsh sunlight in the afternoon, no plant materials have survived here. Well, I don't exactly have a green thumb to be honest. So I opted for faux lavender and where possible, put fresh cut flowers in vases.
To achieve an overall soft, sophisticated, and yet cheerful palette, I selected a collection of fabrics with lots of patterns and colors via seat cushions and toss pillows. I love this part of the project. It is very rewarding to see a plan comes to life and how all these colors and patterns work in harmony.
Always looking out for their readers, the talented editors from the Style at Home team have summarized a Spring 2012 Trends Report to forecast the latest and hottest trends in home decor. Have a look, you will be inspired! I certainly have taken notes from this trends report and you will see what I am cooking up for my indoor & outdoor space in May.
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Samantha Pynn is a contributing design editor at the Style at Home magazine. Sam is also the new host of Summer Home which will premiere tonight at 8pm (Eastern time) on HGTV Canada. Be sure to check it out!