Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Hello! Kylee here today to show you my tiny balcony makeover! When we first bought the townhouse 2 years ago, I was especially excited to have outdoor spaces to grow plants. I have a super tiny backyard and a very small balcony off the main living area on the second floor.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

When my husband Lance and I moved in, I immediately bought the table and chairs for the balcony with high hopes of spending lots of time out there, but the truth is we never really sat outside. The deck just felt so “blah” that I guess we just never felt inspired to be out there.

The deck doesn’t have a great view, so it needed to be inviting enough on its own to beckon us out. This spring I decided that I would try to find ways to make this tiny space a more worthy destination.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Flowers were a must for making sure I enjoyed this space. I found some cute but affordable pots and planted a variety of flowers. Because I can see them all from inside, I usually remember to water them. To water the plants I have to go outside, so having plants to take care of helps a lot in my enjoyment of this space.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

But once I got the plants, I realized I wanted to do something to disguise our red railings around the deck. Not only are my floors cherry hardwood and my couches are red (see the post about our red couches here!) but the exterior of the townhouse (and the deck railing) is also red, so I was tired of seeing so much RED! I needed something a bit more neutral to look at from the inside.

This bamboo fencing not only minimized the red railing, it added a nice tropical vibe to the space (so we can even pretend we’re on vacation, too!). The fencing would also be a great way to add privacy if you have a balcony with open siding. Although, for privacy or covering something unsightly, I would recommend double layering the fencing as the bamboo spacing varies and there are definitely some gaps (as you can see below!).

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Pretty outdoor pillows and a patterned rug went a long way to give the space a little bit more personality. Even with outdoor spaces, it helps to add some personal touches!

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

You may recognize this wine stand as my previous coffee stand (seen in this post). When we got the cart that I’m currently using as our coffee station, we set this rack aside with hope of repurposing it. It fits just perfectly out on the balcony and has been the perfect place to grow the herbs I use in my favorite recipes.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Ever since our little makeover was completed, I have spent quite a few mornings outside savoring my coffee before work. Lance and I have shared a couple of meals and glasses of wine on warm nights. We love looking at it every day and it’s become an extension of our living space.Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

My effort was minimal and budget was low, but it didn’t take much to transform this tiny space. Just because a space is small doesn’t mean that it can’t have a big impact on your home and life.

Thanks for letting me share! Do you have a tiny outdoor space that could use a little update?

Sources:

Outdoor pillows

Bamboo fencing

Table and chairs

See more of my past posts of my townhouse here!

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Hello, Kylee here today. I’m back! See, I told you I was going to try to appear here more often! Besides the fact that my mom needed a couple of days off this week to finish up a project, she has been bugging me for FOREVER to post not only my townhouse decorating progress, but also recipes. I assume this is partly for her benefit because she is one busy lady and, as I know she would admit, doesn’t have a lot of time to think about things like meal-planning. I, on the other hand, have a food obsession and my mind is constantly occupied with my next meal. For my mom’s birthday this year, all she asked for was a typed list of easy, healthy recipes that she could make and so I obliged.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Contrary to what people tend to think, given how much I love food, I don’t like cooking. What I DO like is eating. But alas, eating well and cooking tend to go hand in hand. One of my dreams would be to have a personal chef who I can tell exactly what I am craving and they would just make it for me and take care of the cleanup. I wish! I am slowly learning to be sort of into cooking. But really, it’s not the process I like, but the end result.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe
Like I explained in my last post, I had been slacking on posting here because blog posts require more time than you would think. Especially because it means that you not only have to write something somewhat interesting about what you are posting, but you also have to take photos.

Taking photos requires one to be home in the light and then the expectations with a blog post is that you take GOOD photos, which let’s be honest, I am not a photographer and never have any idea what I am doing when I whip out the DSLR. So, I explained all of this to my mom, who in turn told me not to worry and just share my photos like I do on Instagram. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I take a lot of photos of my food. Yes, I’m one of those people at restaurants. Before you go judging me, you should know, science totally validates this behavior.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

All that to say, I am here to share a granola recipe with you today! Granola is a morning staple at our house. We most often use it to top yogurt or smoothie bowls in the mornings. Occasionally, we will have it like cereal with some almond milk. I’ve even used it as an oatmeal topper! For a snack, we will toss it with nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Nothing compares to fresh, homemade granola. Boxed granola is usually so processed and full of refined sugars and preservatives. It’s so easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought that there’s really no reason not make a big homemade batch yourself! Plus, it lasts for several weeks in an airtight container (not that it ever lasts that long in my house!).

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

This has been our go-to recipe lately. It’s super simple, which makes it very versatile. If you try it I’d love to hear what you think!

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together oats, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
  • In a separate, medium bowl combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  • Combine both bowls and spread evenly onto your baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and bake for another 15 minutes or until granola is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Happy Easter weekend from our family to yours!

More Recipes:

Easter Brunch Recipes (and entertaining ideas) // Pink Juice // Veggie Panini // Salad with Roasted Chickpeas // Minty Watermelon Lime Fruit Pops

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe
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