Before I show you the before and after (by the way it only took me less than an hour to put it all together), let's check out the beautiful plant selection. Keeping it all simple and low maintenance, we opted for hearty herbs (rosemary, basil), some strawberry and tomato plants, and a couple of trending Mandevilla for vibrant blooms.
Of course I also couldn't resist and scored myself two white lavender plants. A little side story on that: I spied a white lavender at Igor's balcony in Munich (via IG) and wished I could find it in Toronto. Literally a few days later when I walked by a little flower shop and there they were, 2 white lavender plants! The store lady told me it was her first time receiving white lavenders and she only had 6. Someone picked up four plants the day before and I snatched her last two. They are perennials so I will try to keep them healthy and happy in my planters but may plant them in the ground at the end of the season.
Back to the makeover, here is the bare but spacious balcony at our current living arrangement:
And here is how it looks like in 45 minutes!
To be fair, I have most of the items at home already since we were going to move into our new place a couple of months ago. From chic planters to the amazing bistro set (Samantha Pynn Collection) + the coastal inspired floor cushion and rug, I simply couldn't be happier with how it turns out.
AND YES, they are all from HomeSense! Another view of the Before and After:
I love real plants. I may not be able to keep them super happy but I am surely happy to see them throughout the summer, specially on those raining days. This summer I have tapped more into the edible / fruit producing category and prove that you can still nurture them without a garden. In this case, they all sit in their original containers and I just pop them in planters. Easy peasy and I am ready for a glass of cider on the rocks!
The star of our outdoor oasis is the stylish yet easy to care outdoor bistro set. Its aesthetic reminds me of the beautiful afternoon I spent in Vienna last summer. The black and white weave is solidly constructed and the chairs are so comfortable! I love the faux bamboo look without the maintenance of real bamboo (especially in our climate) and the side table comes with a glass top as well for easy cleaning.
I am thrilled with how the space turned and it is hard to believe this makeover was really completed in less than an hour with all the items I already have in the house!
This is not a sponsored post. HomeSense has provided the Bistro Set.