Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#ProjectChris ~ Balcony Summer 2016

Hello Tuesday! Hope you all had a fantastic and fun long weekend celebrating Canada Day, Pride2016 in Toronto, and Independence Day! The weather couldn't be any more perfect and the brilliant sunshine ... I LOVE SUMMER!

On that note, it's time to show you how Chris' balcony looks like for Summer 2016! 

Chris moved into his condo two years ago and for its first summer, we created an urban oasis filled with patterns, colors, and flowers.  Big Thank You to the Style at Home magazine for the amazing feature and Donna for your fabulous photo!

image courtesy of Style at Home & Donna Griffith
And for Christmas 2015, we added festive charm to the balcony with hollyberry branches, mini Christmas trees, and filled the planters with fresh cut greens.   

Then of course good old winter took over, leaving the balcony in a desperate need of TLC. 

... and that's exactly what we did in June!

Admittedly we have started the makeover late this season and by the time we tried to hunt down the begonia, all the yellow ones were gone (I love yellow and they looked so good last summer!).  Instead, Chris found a pair of topiary inspired plants with pink blooms for the tall planters and vivid orange begonia for the low planters. 

Orange and pink isn't my usual color palette but I love a challenge and I couldn't be happier with my result!  My first call of order was to introduce a geometric pattern on the floor to give this space a more modern, contemporary feel.  It was love at first sight when I saw this pink quartz and light sand rug from HomeSense.  I put three of them together and with the fringes, this supersized rug looks like a million bucks!

I fell in love with this whimsical butterfly pillow from Indigo at its Spring/Summer preview, and I just love how it enlivens the space.    

Just as Chris thought we were done, I thought why has only one look when we can have two!!  A quick layout switch + a bench doubling as coffee table and voila: an intimate outdoor cafe for two.

Love the tropical vibe of the Swaying Palms from Tonic Living and how it echoes the orange and pink palette.  I am a firm believer of more is more when it comes to something you love ... and that's precisely why I have added Swaying Palms on the bench as well! The navy blue piping looks sophisticated and it allows me to introduce various shades of blue as accent to take it up a notch.

Thanks Janine for the beautiful pillows and cushion for a touch of hollywood glam!

Did you give your outdoor space an update this summer? I would love to hear about your makeover stories!

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