Even with a tiny patio or balcony you can add another entire living space to your apartment. With some carefully chosen pieces it could be your Al Fresco dining area, lounge and urban retreat. Even your kitchen garden and composting area. I'm currently planning to get a patio sized worm compost from greendepot.com. They are an awesome way to compost your kitchen scraps while creating organic fertilizer for your plants at the same time!
With limited space you can plant enough greenery and blooms to make you forget you live in an urban jungle. Hanging plants are a must in order to free up floor space for outdoor furniture. They also provide privacy and here in the South, much needed shade. Adorn re-purposed shelves with colorful pots of herbs, lettuces and even tomatoes for a mini kitchen garden right outside your door. I used a thrifted antique washing table with a marble work surface for potting and displaying plants. It's not only super cute but useful too, it has a cupboard to store pots, seeds and potting soil.
Soften your patio with things that bring indoor comforts outside, like colorful rugs and throw pillows, strings of lights,hanging lanterns and even hang mirrors or pictures. Hang inexpensive bamboo mats or blinds to cover unsightly views. Complete the atmosphere with candles, groovy music and maybe a small water fountain to drown out the sound of whirring air conditioning units. Your only limits are your imagination! Don't be scared to invest time and a little bit of money into a rented space, it's well worth it for your piece of mind. I'll be back soon with more apartment living ideas!
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