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Decor Recycling - Spring on the Balcony

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 1:10 PM


I love spring because it means that I get to decorate my balcony and my studio with an eclectic mix of vintage and found objects that have been stored away over winter. The warmer weather allows me to expand my living space. Here are a few of my balcony ideas.



I invite bird visitors to my balcony, not with bird feeders (these only attract pigeons!) but with bird baths - both water and sand. Birds like to take a dip into the sand bath to rid themselves of any pesky little insects that hide amongs their feathers. I make both types of bird baths using clay pots and saucers. I attach the saucers to the pots with velcro - that way I can undo them easily for storage or use for my extra plants.



Because wasps and hornets can be a problem when eating al fresco, I hang little jars of sugared water (flat coke works, too) a few feet away from where I will be dining. That way, the insects get their meal while I enjoy mine. By the way, the insects survive their little dip and I set them free once I've finished my meal.



I like to have a pot or two of herbs on my patio table while I work and usually pot these up in whatever container I have handy. This year, I potted my Italian parsley in empty maple syrup tins. This way I get to nibble on something while I work and the scent of herbs can be soothing.




When the sun goes down, I light up my patio with candles set in small vintage yogurt jars and topped with a few vintage cheese graters. I place these on an old laundry bench that I picked up in England.


As you can see, it's really easy to create a unique and personal atmosphere on your balcony or even in a small garden space just by using what you have on hand.


Tomorrow - what I do inside my studio.


Categories: Decor, Environment, Green Household

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2 Comments

Reply gebrichi
4:11 PM on May 20, 2016 
Thanks for your comments and for the nomination. I love hearing from my visitors and knowing that my recycling ideas and tips are being used.
Reply Maltese Steps
8:32 AM on May 20, 2016 
Wow! few weeks ago I moved to a house with a huge garden... I have to try some of these ideas and post them! I find your blog really useful! For that, I nominated you to the Liebster Award. Take a look and, if you want, continue it!
https://maltesesteps.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/wow-im-nominated/
Thank you in advance!