Our Outdoor Space Makeover

IMG_2561 Outdoor Makeup

Oooohhh a ‘The Interiors’ category tag right here on VDM – that’s a bit exciting isn’t it? It’s long overdue seeing as I moved out of the parental quarters almost two years ago, but having moved into fully-furnished rented accommodation I haven’t felt like getting too crafty around the home. However, with it looking like we’ll be here for the foreseeable future I’ve decided to get things going in the home department and feeling a bit more cosy round these parts so I thought I’d bring you along for the journey. Even if it is two years too late…

Much in the same vein as Sunday’s post (homely posts won’t always be this frequent – I blame my recent IKEA trip), this one goes out to people who are also a little restricted in the space department. Now we’re lucky enough that this flat comes with about one square metre of outdoor space in the form of a balcony. It’s so small that my Mum didn’t even realise we had one until about two weeks ago and to this date it’s only been used for drying washing (though that function was scuppered after a pair of my pants blew away onto a neighbours bush) and a failed BBQ attempt last summer where we both stood in a fug of thick smoke for about two minutes before throwing water over it and cooking our sausages in the oven. It’s fair to say that we haven’t made the most of it. But in time for the coming warmer months I wanted that to change and so partook in a three part makeover…

1. CLEAN. Who knew such a small space could get so dirty. The first step was to clear it and remove the BBQ fail and the two random plant pots that were housing some dead species when we moved in that we had repurposed for our charred meat mission. Let’s just say I lost count of how many spiders I found. Then the all-purpose cleaner did some overtime, I got to work on the balcony doors and gave the decking a little sweep before it was ready to be made all fancy.

2. DRESS. I didn’t want it to look too cluttered, so stuck to just the essentials. I went for two bushes that sit either side of the doors, two garden chairs that fold-up and down (very handy) and will also count as extra seating when we have guests and a lantern that although looks very cute I can guarantee that we’ll never use (ok so maybe it wasn’t just the essentials). All from IKEA obvs and I think came in at around £40 for the lot. Bargain.

3. ENJOY. It’s been about two weeks since the change took place and so far we’ve both sat out there for a spot of book reading on three occasions. Not bad. I even sat out there once on my own in the rain for a bit of fresh air. It’s no longer a place for my pants to dry or spiders to cosy up in the deserted BBQ – it’s like it’s own little living space (emphasis on the ‘little’).

Next stop. Storage. Any pointers will be much appreciated – Mark is quite the hoarder…


  • Ohh…tres exciting…can’t wait for you to start decking it out in teal and out door fairy lights!!

  • Such a good idea ! And helpful 🙂 I love the little bush !
    lots of love from France,

  • Gemma

    Love the garden chairs, they look quite simple but lovely

  • Living on the top floor of an apartment has it cons and biggest of them is the lack of an open space! 🙁

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  • Natalie B

    You have made it look lovely! xx

  • is spy a lemon drizzle cake!:) love the photos!:)

  • This is cute. I love the lamp!

    I have a little balcony that really needs some TLC so this is a good post for me! Making it my mission to get it sorted this weekend. Thank you! 🙂 xx

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  • Sybil Mae

    Great post 🙂 Little changes can make such a big difference! 🙂

  • Looks great! It really makes a difference to you mood to have a bit of outdoor space, to just sit and meditate about life with a cup of tea for a few minutes a day.

  • Adela J.

    It looks amazing, it looks so much more cozy than before, and the scary spiders are finally gone. I would have just stopes using the balcony, I can not handle spiders they are to scary.

  • It looks great! Ikea really is the best for cheap minimalist furniture 🙂

  • Carina Stewart

    It looks great. I love using the outside as an office instead of being held up inside.

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  • It looks so cute and cosy. A bit of outdoor space, no matter the size, is always a blessing to have!
    Jade x

  • YES! I love interiors, your blog has just earned 10 points ha! – but let’s be clear, your blog would have always been at the top of my reading list, even without the interior posts 😉 x

  • Cathryn Daws

    Looks lovely. I’m in the process of creating a pretty outdoor space and sorting out my garden.

  • Manouk

    I saw your weekly vlog when you went to IKEA. Was fun to watch 🙂 I like the way it looks now. Very cosy nice little balcony 🙂

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  • Daniella




  • It looks great! The key to keeping a small space looking lovely Is to keep clutter at bay. Love the cute potted plants!

  • Lulù

    It’s lovely, I love it. I also talked about my balcony on my blog, here is the link If you want watch it. We have the same Ikea chairs!

  • Glad to see the red and white un-virgo friendly chairs didn’t make the Ikea cut! ha ha. It looks fantastic Anna, I’ve just recently almost finished my little (tiny) back yard and I’m really enjoying it, makes all the difference having a little space outside to enjoy 🙂 I may invest in those potted plants!

    Lis x

  • nice to see the items you bought from ikea! x


  • Looks lovely Anna! For storage: If the space is sheltered by the rain, maybe you could get some of those wicker baskets from Ikea (the type with the lid). Some cushions for the chairs would also add some nice color, and you can switch it up depending on your mood.
    Enjoy the outdoors!

  • Joysteib

    Such a cozy little piece of the outside world!! Thanks dearie for sharing your world with the rest of the world!!! 🙂

  • Great job on the redecoration! As for storage, it really depends. If space is an issue, wall shelving is an option. It still leaves you ground space for everything else. Might I suggest Pinterest? There are plenty of awesome ideas there – even IKEA hacks if you’re going back to that glorious place!

  • Chelsea Leigh

    I wish I had an outdoor patio in my apartment! Yours looks lovely!

  • Love this little set up, it looks so cute and pretty! x

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  • The lantern is so cute! I love the simplicity of everything.

  • emiller1233

    I love that little chair, reclaimed wood is like heaven to me, haha!

  • Love your outside space, it looks great 😀

  • looks lovely Anna, and that seems like a starting garden for me – I am overwhelmed by ours my mum has a right knack for gardening !

    Lauren x

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  • Rosie

    This is gorgeous! The little plants especially are adorable. I’m desperate for some new patio furniture for our garden. I’m also desperate to have some snazzy decking instead of a fugly patio, but y’know, wedding saving has to come first and all, so I think we’ll have to put up with the crazy paving for a little while longer! 😉

  • Love it! great use of space looks clean and uncluttered 🙂 xx

  • The bushes look lovely there, and I think it’s nice to have even a little outdoor space 🙂

  • Emily Knott

    Well those £10 chairs look pretty decent!

  • Amber Hunter

    I remember the IKEA blog which was quite funny by the way! The chairs look like they’ll be just what you need 🙂 I look forward to seeing more interior posts from you!
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  • Loved this post. Totally jealous of the usable outdoor space.


  • such a lovely outdoor space 🙂

  • everydaymelissa

    so cute! Morning Coffees are perfect there!

  • Hemylle Karollyne

    Such a cute place, Vivianna! It’s looks perfect for an afternoon coffee and reading. 🙂

  • How quaint and charming! =]
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  • Looks like such a calm and quiet space for you 🙂 love the minimalist decor!

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