Last week, I shared our patio and outdoor living space on the blog, but to be totally honest- I’ve been spending more time up here… on the bedroom balcony. It just feels so private, cozy, and intimate. Check out all of the before images in this post, otherwise- click through for the complete reveal and sources! I’m excited to share my little oasis with you.
I kind of divided the balcony into two areas… a space for lounging and a space for eating / drinking. I think this outdoor living space is actually super practical because it’s an extension of the master suite. It’s a great place to sip coffee in the morning or watch the sunset in the evening with a glass of wine.
The wine thing really is becoming a fun Friday night ritual. I picked the peonies from the backyard and am still amazed how lucky we got with the landscaping at this house. I feel like I hit the jackpot.
Although the views can’t be beat, I wanted to add outdoor drapery panels to increase the privacy. Our house is pretty secluded, but the left side of the balcony is directly in line with our neighbor’s elevated patio. Adding curtains to one side was an easy solution and I love the way they look. It really helps to soften the space.
In addition to drapery, another textile I incorporated was an outdoor area rug. The balcony floor isn’t in great shape and although paint really solved the aesthetic issue at hand, I felt like adding some pattern and color. I never wear shoes out here since it’s directly off of our master bedroom, and the rug helps the balcony feel more like an extension of our interior. I will say- this particular rug is taking awhile to flatten. Despite walking on it everyday, the roll lines are still prevalent. I imagine they’ll fade with time.
I wanted to add some greenery to the space. I haven’t had great luck with plants inside since moving, but I’m doing great with my outdoor ones. I also keep the dog water filled for the boys. The sliding door is usually open during the day and they go in and out as they please. I know, I know… they live a plush life. Haha!
On the opposing side of the balcony is the lounge area. I really wanted this provence sofa, but didn’t have the budget for it this year after just having furnished our lower patio. I opted for a similar, budget-friendly option from Target instead. The ottoman isn’t apart of the set, but it feels like it belongs. It’s actually from CB2 and I love the variation it adds while still remaining cohesive.
My new tree will live outside year round. It’s a Japanese lace leaf maple and can withstand the Utah winters if left outside under a covered area. I really love the delicate leaves and texture it brings to the balcony. I’m debating pruning it at the bottom, or leaving it natural. Thoughts?
I kept the accessories simple… a woven tray for drinks & snacks, plants, and citronella candles. That’s about all I need out here.
The cute side table pictured below is one of my favorite pieces outside! It’s the perfect modern touch to an otherwise traditional outdoor living space. It’s from my friend Samantha’s company, called Leisure Made! She designs gorgeous outdoor furniture and told me I could offer Room for Tuesday readers 20% off their entire site. Just use code SARAH20. Wasn’t that sweet of her?! So if you like it, go grab one with my discount!
Remember my bestie and neighbor Emily? She got me this trivet that is intended for the kitchen, but I really liked it outside! The pattern felt right out here. It’s a fun alternative to coasters or a tray.
I’ve also been using the little bistro table as work station. Rather than feeling trapped in my home office, I’ll bring my laptop upstairs and work outside for an hour or two to get some fresh air and recharge in the middle of the day.
Click directly on the sources below to shop- or use the numbered links at the bottom of the collage!
01: outdoor curtain panels // 02: outdoor loveseat // 03: outdoor ottoman // 04: faux boxwood filler // 05: woven tray // 06: blue candle // 07: trivet // 08: black planter // 09: raised dog dish // 10: tassel pillow // 11: wool throw // 12: jenny side table (use code SARAH20) // 13: outdoor wall lantern // 14: large citronella candle // 15: marble bistro table // 16: outdoor bistro chairs // 17: outdoor area rug
Giant thanks to our friend Corbett for coming over last night to capture a few images with the drone. I figured it would be helpful for you guys to see the space further away in context with the rest of our home! Aren’t these fun? I’ll share some of his video footage on Insta stories later!
As I previously mentioned in my goals for our outdoor living areas post, this makeover was kind of a bandaid fix. Eventually, we need to replace the flooring on the balcony and reinforce the subfloor. Someday, I think it would be fun to tile this area, but who knows what the future will bring. For now, I’m enjoying it as is and am pretty smitten with the little retreat I’ve created. I just love how secluded our home feels.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Are you into this bright space? What do you think of the painted brick? It’s amazing how transformative paint, lighting, and furnishings can be. It was really an easy update that drastically changed the look of the space.