Balcony makeover | Indian Balcony makeover | Balcony Decoration Easy and Simple |

Balcony makeover | Indian Balcony makeover | Balcony Decoration Easy and Simple |


Welcome to Simple yet Savvy. I’m Vijaya and I make videos on simple and
frugal living which means making best use of your resources such as time, and money. And today’s video is about my balcony makeover
which I wanted to keep very simple as well as functional. I would start this video with a little bit
of a backstory. This balcony was one of the reasons why actually
we bought this apartment 5 years ago. We thought how awesome it would be to wake
up to this green patch, soak up the sun, have tea, or simply unwind here with a book. But, honestly, I never really got around to
use this balcony to its full potential. Because I had lofty plans. I wanted to change the doors to the sliding
ones, I wanted to have a real lawn instead of an artificial lawn patch, and I also wanted
to customize the outdoor furniture for this balcony which would fit into the narrow space
but like all other far-fetched ideas, all these got always postponed to an unassigned
future date. And, what I really ended up doing is just
place a few chairs at awkward angles and have a few plants which did well in the sun and
the heat. Over time, this balcony space became home
to all the left over items such as left-over paints, leftover homer tiles, and so on. The only nice things, I realised, were this
plant hanger which I had DIYed and some solar powered lights which light up almost magically
when the sun goes down. These two pretty additions got me thinking,
why to chase the big changes. Why not do something sasta, sunder, tikau…that
is for frugal, functional, yet low on the maintenance? So that’s how this balcony makeover started. The view and the morning sun are the true
assets of this balcony. On the downside, the balcony is really narrow;
only 11 by 3 feet in size. It also has a super inconvenient door which
opens right into the middle of the balcony dividing it into two equal sections. I decided to clear out the balcony first and
then clean it thouroughly. Let’s tackle the easy side first. I got this beautiful ceramic planter for the
Areca plam from Shilparam. It gave the plant an instant facelift. This corner doesn’t get any direct harsh sun. So this Areca will do well here. I also moved the hanging plant to this wall
with an ikea hook and then used this lovely buffed gold planter from ikea. I’m not adding any seating here to keep this
side a little free and roomy. And, I can always pull a chair on a need basis
as and when required. Next, I moved to the other, which is also
the more fun side of this makeover. I knew I wanted to create aseating arrangements
for two people on this side. But because the balcony was tiny, the usual
balcony furniture such as table with chairs were out of question. Also I wanted something sturdy for the grandparents
to use…so the desi modas woudn’t work either. I found this awesome outdoor bench from IKEA
which is one of the perfect size for my narrow balcony. My little helper and I had a lot of fun assembling
it. A tip here is to always keep the climate in
mind and use a material that will wear well in your outdoor space. If you’re wondering about the original chairs,
I have some other plans for them. But that’s another story for another day. The first thing I’ll do is, move the bench
into the balcony. I absolutely love the way it looks and how
well it fits here. And did I mention it has storage space as
well? I plan hide away the watering can, some gardening
tools etc., and may be some leftover potting mix in here. This side here gets the most sun. This is also an east facing balcony so it
gets the best time in the sun, that is the mornings. So I’m using this simple wired shelf to make
the most of it. This plant is called ‘The song of India’ and
it loves the morning sun. I also moved the solar lights into this rack
so that they get to soak up all the sun until noon. Let’s tackle this wall now. The wall already has a hook and I wanted to
add some greenery here. So I’m kind of repurposing a scarf or dupatta
hanger from IKEA for this. What I’m gonna do is, add a pretty vine to
this. I’m not a fan of artificial plants, but I
also know that no real vine would withstand the sun in this place. One thing I would recommend when selecting
plants for your balcony is to try and how strong can the sun get, what is the climate
like, and what are the shady spots, etc. first and then pick up the plants accordingly. Choosing the right plants will help you break
free from the cycle of constantly having to replace withering and dying plants. So choose your plants wisely. I wanted to keep it all low maintenance and
clutter-free. So I’m trying to decorate it with bare minimum
pieces that need minimal upkeep. Time now to add a few cushions for added comfort. I’m simply using the regular cushions for
now, but hoping in future, I’ll get some outdoor weather proof cushions. There was no scope for a proper rug here because
there’s a very little space between the floor and the door. But luckily I got this tiny rug for just Rs.99
at IKEA. And it is also the perfect size for this place. I just love the way these lines from the bench
and the rug are complimenting each other here. By this time it was tea time, and I took a
pause and we had some refreshing lemon and tulsi tea…but not before shooting some stylish
tea shots…and by this time the tea started getting cold, so we decided to finish the
tea first and then again continued with the cool guitar shots. Ok enough with the digression. Let’s look into lighting now. We already had the solar lights. But I also added this beautiful handmade light
from my trip to Pondicherry with an IKEA cord and bulb. While these solar light provide just the right
amout of dim glow after the sunset, this light here works well when we need a tad more brightness. I just love how this looks…almost like it’s
from another world. So that’s about it friends. Now it’s time for the big reveal. If you’re trying a balcony makeover, consider
the maintenace and upkeep. I’ve deliberately designed a low maintenance
balcony for my apartment because that’s what works for me. A few days after shooting this video, I also
added this parasol or umbrella for a little more privacy and shade. And I’m so happy about how much more time
my family is spending here nowadays. So that’s all for today. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions,
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Yet Savvy”! Today’s video is about a simple but #functionalbalconymakeover
on a budget. With this simple #balconymakeover, me and
my family have started spending a lot of time in this balcony enjoying the green view, soaking
up the sun, having tea, or simply reading. Just another reminder that we don’t really
have to chase the big changes, but try to make to the best of what we can. About this channel: ‘Simple yet Savvy’ is
all about simplifying your everyday life with easy tips and tricks. Follow me as I show you smart ways to get
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