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Now that spring is here, what better way to take advantage of the nice weather than to enjoy a cup of coffee (or wine) out on the balcony. Balconies are an extension of the home, and can provide a peaceful place to grab a bite to eat or a quiet location for curling up with your favorite magazine.

I am excited to partner with IKEA to share a variety of exciting ways to stylishly maximize a small balcony area, to ensure you are able to truly enjoy your outdoor living space while the weather, and the wine, is good!

IKEA Balcony

1. Select small scale furniture that is big on comfort. Oversized lounge chairs can quickly eat up limited balcony living area, so select pieces that are compact and can be sweetened by adding a throw cushion or two. Folding chairs that can hang in-between uses are extremely beneficial when space is tight, while outdoor cushions can triple as seating, a footrest or a table when paired with a tray. Another space saving solution is to utilize storage benches, which not only offer seating, but double as a place to stash away seasonal outdoor supplies.

Outdoor IKEA Balcony

2. Pull inspiration from your favorite street-side cafe and look for small bistro tables that are sized perfectly to hold dinner for two.

IKEA Balcony

3. Rolling carts are always a good idea, especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Although your table may be on the smaller side, roll out a small cart stocked with beverages and snacks or throw blankets and games for a perfect afternoon outside.

IKEA Balcony Tips

4. Take advantage of the area’s vertical space with the help of slender cabinets and shelving. Adding a cabinet to your balcony can provide you quick access to gardening supplies, grilling tools, outdoor serving pieces and seasonal textiles. The shelves can display greenery and lanterns day-to-day, and then set up as a serving station while hosting a few friends for dinner.

IKEA Balcony

5. Add life in the form of plants and herbs. By adding a few planters or a trellis, you are able to create some natural privacy for your balcony. Even if you live in the middle of a big city, planters and table top green houses make it easy to add some vegetable and herb plants to your balcony, and your home cooked meals.

IKEA Balcony

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For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.

Trend: Organizing Your Outdoor Space

If you’re ever in need of some great outdoor organization ideas, all you really need to do is check out your favorite blogs. There’s really some amazing ideas out there and I really enjoy finding them and sharing them with you! I know I always say this, but my house is VERY lacking in the storage department. Inside and out. That’s probably why I always love a fantastic organization blog post. Well, below you’ll find 10 awesome outdoor organization DIY’s. Enjoy!


DIY Barbecue Station, from DecoManitas.

DIY Sawhorse Table (cost under $85), from Shanty 2 Chic.

 DIY Tin Can Lanterns, from 80/20 NYC.

Outdoor Side Table made from Flower Pots and a Pizza Pan, from Apartment Therapy.

Outdoor Buffet Cabinet and Bar, from The Apron Blog.

Bucket Hose Organizer, from DIY Del Ray.

Concrete Rolling Storage and Cooler, from HomeMade Modern.

DIY Tool Shed Made from Doors and Windows, from A Cultivated Nest.

 Outdoor Storage Box/Table/Seat, from Sand and Sisal.

 Organizing Garden Tools with PVC Pipe, from Ashbee Design.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The DIY’s from the first image are from: DIY Del RayA Cultivated NestAshbee Design, and Sand and Sisal.

Now that spring is in full swing, people are looking to make the most of their time outdoors.  That means grilling, outdoor parties, gardening and yard games galore.

How you opt to store your outdoor gear may depend on a few factors; such as climate and how you typically utilize your outdoor living areas.  It is always important to select storage options in finishes that can withstand sunlight and harsh temperatures to ensure you get the most out of your systems year after year.


Having a yard and or garden to maintain requires a variety of lawn gear and tools.  Shovels, leaf blowers, wheelbarrows, trimmers and edgers, rakes, shears, weeding hoes and even a lawn mower are just some of the common yard maintenance tools that require proper year round storage.  The ideal solution to accommodate those items is a covered shed which boasts walls lined with shelving and pegboard.  Shelving is optimal for over-sized bags of potting soil and mulch while pegs allow you to customize easy to access storage for smaller gadgets and tools.


A potting bench is a great alternative to a garden shed.  They offer a work surface for planting combined with shelves and hooks to store planters and tools.



Keep your hose tidy and off of the ground by installing a simple hook to a standard deck or fence post.  Other garden hose storage options include wall mounted reels and decorative hose pots.


The back patio or deck is a common location for outdoor grill-outs and gatherings.  Keeping the space comfortable with pillows and candles is wonderful during sunny days and dinners at dusk, however, to ensure those decorative items remain protected from the elements, storage benches and outdoor buffets are a perfect solution.  Storage ottomans are also an effortless way to organize outdoor lawn games and baskets of sandbox toys for the kids.

Another simple solution for children’s outdoor gear is to pair hooks with outdoor rubber tubs.  They hang on the wall in-between uses, yet are easy for little hands to tote around the yard.


When it comes to entertaining, be the hostess with the mostest by utilizing a free standing island with built in storage.  The opportunities are limitless with the option to add in waste bins, hooks for towels and grilling tools as well as shelves to hold table setting essentials.  Add in a few stools and you have storage below and table top dining above.


Garden cart by day, bar cart by night.  Select outdoor storage pieces that are versatile enough to handle a variety of tasks and activities.


One of my personal favorite outdoor storage solutions is to keep a portable caddy stocked with relaxation essentials.  I keep a few magazines, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray within a caddy that can be toted from the front porch to the back patio at a moment’s notice.


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