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If you live in a city high rise like I do, then you may have a tiny sliver of outdoor space to enjoy year round ….. and it’s called a balcony! I absolutely love living way up with breathtaking and panoramic views of the bay and city but I do however miss having a backyard and patio. When it came to decorating this small balcony, I definitely wanted a space that felt like an extension of my home as well as a place that I could easily entertain a few friends on the weekends. {FYI: Sunsets from this spot are magical! }

To create this chic outdoor oasis, I first tackled the layout and divided the space into 2 sections; a lounge area and entertaining/bar area. I then started with a beautiful white and apple green striped woven rug from HomeGoods to anchor the room and bring instant color to the space. Next came the seating and it had to be small enough to fit on this tiny balcony and large enough to accommodate at least 4 people. I found this fabulous loveseat on sale at World Market and it ended up being the perfect size! {Halleluja!} For additional seating, I chose these fun striped outdoor ottomans from CB2 that suited this balcony perfectly because of its low profile which made the area feel spacious. When it came to finding a coffee table, I searched high and low for the right piece but with no luck until a friend gave me her old IKEA outdoor storage coffee table. It was originally an unfinished pine so I added a few coats of semi gloss white paint and it was as good as new. I have to admit that I really LOVE this table!

For the entertaining/bar area, I needed a small console table that would provide storage and a great surface to place platters of food and drinks. It also had to be something that could withstand outdoor elements. I picked up this beautiful pine wood console table from IKEA which was treated with a layer of weather resistant wood sealer.

No matter what size your outdoor area, with just a little bit of imagination and effort in find cute pieces of furniture and decor, a chic and stylish outdoor lounge and entertaining space is quite and affordable to achieve!