15 Apartment Balcony Decors From My Pinterest Collection

Wow!  I’m really excited that so many of my readers are as interested in apartment balcony decor as I am.  Clearly, we apartment dwellers love our apartment balconies.  So I thought I would share with you more of my favorite balcony decors from my Pinterest board.  

What great ideas they all have in common are

  • lots of color; 
  • lots of soft seating, back cushions and pillows; 
  • lovely places to eat and drink;  
  • a jungle or near jungle of plants; and
  • creative outdoor lighting. 
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For more ideas and inspirations,

For my apartment balcony porch, I have a head start from last year. The hostas I planted in pots are just starting their new growth and my red bark maple has already leafed out. I’m just waiting for the pollen slow before I get into the full swing of freshening up my balcony.  I promise to share pictures on a future blog.

In the meantime, how sharing your plans with me.  
Would love to receive pictures of your balcony decor and plantings

XO
Shirley

32 Inspirations For A New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

From Annsliee’s archive, here are three posts with a total of 32 inspiring ideas for a New Year’s Eve Dinner Party.  Whether you’re having a large or small group or just dining for two, each idea offers a marvelous blueprint for creating your own fabulous New Year’s Eve dinner.  And each  idea is easily adaptable for the apartment dweller.

From my Tree Top Apartment to your home,
I wish you a Very Happy New Year!

17 Inspirations For Spring Table Settings And Centerpieces

So ready for spring!! How about you?  Time to tune up that 28 speed cycle; trek on over to parks and outdoor coffee and wine shops;  inventory the closet for warm weather wardrobe–especially the swimsuit outfits; finalize vacation plans; and more.  

What else is left?  Jump into spring with splashes of soft colors when you dine at home–even if it’s just you.  Jazz it up with fresh flowers in simple vases, classy vases or just fun vases.  You may even decide to invite a friend or two over for a meal, picked up at the deli of course!

Here are 17 inspiring table settings and centerpieces.  You can keep yours simple and lovely or “kick it up a notch” with lots of pizzazz.  

Endlessly Elated.com on How to Design a Spring Table
Endlessly Elated.com on How to Design a Spring Table
HGTV.COM  
HGTV.COM  
Sweet Eye Candy Creation.typepad.com
Sweet Eye Candy Creation.typepad.com

Inexpensive bouquets of flowers can be picked up at local grocery stores.  Buy multiples to make a grander statement.  Another quick splash of fresh flowers  that make a great centerpiece is a plant in bloom, like the one above.  You can always replant it in a container for your balcony or patio.  These too can be found in grocery stores, as well as nurseries. 

Country Living
Country Living
BIDDecor.blogspot.com
BIDDecor.blogspot.com
Leah Richardson.com/blog.com who reminds up to use odd numbers.  So for this simple but smiling attraction, make at least three for a great impact statement.
Leah Richardson.com/blog.com who reminds up to use odd numbers.  So for this simple but smiling attraction, make at least three for a great impact statement.

Don’t you just love that simple idea of using burlap and string!

House Beautiful
House Beautiful
Setting For Four.com
Setting For Four.com

Of course some of these inspiring table settings are located in homes rather than apartments.  But note how you can easily translate the ideas into your space.  The one below is in the transitional decor style.  The dark wood table is balanced with contemporary chandelier.  Simple runners, place mats and dining ware are accented with lovely glass candle holders.

Romancing The Home Ltd Blogspot  
Romancing The Home Ltd Blogspot  
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Pinterest  

Create a bouquet centerpiece like the one above or take the photo to a florist.  I love the freshness of this one and can almost smell the limes.  Oh dear, all that lime makes me think of warm summer evenings and margaritas.  I would switch out the pink roses for yellow ones.  Add a friend or two and a pitcher of margaritas by Jose Cuervo!  It has Grand Marnier as one of the ingredients, a superb touch to this cocktail.

Splendid Sass blogspot.com
Splendid Sass blogspot.com
Pinterest via Maven Bride
Pinterest via Maven Bride

Did you know that a birdcage could look ever so lovely!

And finally, a fun yet simple table setting on a lovely, modern high cafe table with white and chrome stools.  A fun piece of art will always bring a smile to you, even when you have to get up extra early.

Don’t succumb to dining in an uneventful eating space!  Make it a favorite space you always enjoy whatever the season.

17 Christmas Wishes For You

(Lyrics are from A Celebration of Christmas, track #15)

May each day

  • May each day in the week be a good day
  • May the Lord always watch over you
  • and may all of your hopes turn to wishes
  • and may all of your wishes come true.
     
  • May each day in the month be a good day
  • May you make friends with each one you meet
  • and may all of your day dreams be mem’ries
  • and may all of your mem’ries be sweet.

The weeks turn to months
and the months into years.
There’ll be sadness and joy.
There’ll be laughter and tears.
But one thing I pray to heaven above:

  • may each of your days be a day full of love.
  • May each day in the year be a good day.
  • May each dawn find you happy and gay
  • and may all of your days be as lovely
  • as the one[s] you[‘ve] shared with me . . . 
  • May each day in your life be a good day and good night.

  I never tire of this CD.  Every song is beautiful, filling my heart with

  • peace and
  • love

I wish you a Very Merry, Merry Christmas – and Do Be safe!

my last four wishes for you

Thank you so very much for visiting me here and reading my blog.  
 

11 Make Happy Memories For Your Stay Over Guests

Guests are coming to stay overnight, maybe several nights, for this holiday season. As you create lots of happy memories during their visit, add something a little extra special they can take away for the trip home and always.  

Add a surprise in the guest bedroom 

  • Set a bouquet of flowers, large or small, on the bed stand.  Be sure to place their name on a card in front of the bouquet letting them the bouquet is theirs.   
  • Add a word or monogram pillow personal to your guest.  Make it the accent throw pillow right on the bed.

Word pillow:  Annsliee
Bouquet:  FTD

  • Up the hotel style mint on the pillow with a box of peppermint bark.  It’s really popular this time of year.  I strongly recommend the delicious thin layered William-Sonoma Original Pepperminy Bark.  It’s stupendous!   

Give something for their home but discovered in yours

  • A special Christmas CD or some other CD you both love together.
  • Coffee table book. These can be terribly expensive.  However, you can often find them on sale in places such as Amazon.com; Borders; Books-A-Million.  Most important here is to find one that would be of special interest to your guest.  Place it on your coffee table with a ribbon and a gift tag.  Let them find it as a surprise!

Yes . . . there is a coffee table book titled If…, Volume 1 Questions For The Game Of Life, particularly fun for those who have every asked the question “if only.”   You can find it on Amazon.com from it’s list of best coffee table books.  I had searched on “best” but you may also want to check out “most popular coffee table books.”  I’m not more partial to Amazon versus Borders or BAM.  I love ’em all, love browsing the shelves, picking a book and having a coffee while I scan the book and decide if I want to purchase it.  But for online shopping, I found Amazon had the most extensive list.

Give A Delight From The Kitchen

Recipe on Lia Griffith
Recipe on Lia Griffith
  • Love to bake or make your own personal sweet bottle of relishes, jams and marmalade?  Be sure to have one to share and one to give to your guest for their return trip home.
  • Serve your guest’s favorite coffee or tea (or try a new one) during their visit and then give them a gift of that same beverage to take away.
  • Put together a collection of recipes in a lovely little book from meals you will serve.  Make it a gift, ribbons and all.
  • Send them on their way with their small favorite kitchen gadget, one or more in a collection.  Sur La Table, a favorite place of mine, has lots of fun stocking stuffers, such as the Moose Ugly Sweater bottle cover.  Get One for yourself and one for your guest.

Extend happy memories of places you visited During Their Stay

  • Save one of your best group photos, frame it lovely and present it to them as they go out the door or some other appropriate time.  Note your frame doesn’t have to be brand new, just beautiful.  How about a frame from a consignment or thrift shop, beautifully painted and ready for that special photo.  
  • Create an itinerary of the places you will visit all nicely printed and on the cover of a fun photo album.  (Staples, Office Depot, FedEx Office or even a print shop are great places for getting a good print.)

Better yet, for your jet setting visitor, give a gift card from Meshu.  What is it?  A site where you create an itinerary that corresponds to a geometric form that is then made into jewelry:  a pair of earrings, necklace pendant, a ring, even cuff links.

And what’s your favorite surprise gift for overnight guest?  Please do tell!

Add A Statement Chandelier To Your Dining

From the ambiance it creates to the sheer beauty of it’s form to it’s basic function, a statement chandelier is simply a must have.  They come in a multitude of styles, shapes and materials.  And in prices that will fit almost any budget. Your biggest hurdle will be deciding which one!  I prefer to categorize chandeliers under just two styles:  contemporary/modern and traditional. 

If you’re looking to carry forward your decor style, choose a completing style.  Looking to mix it up with modern and tradition?  Then look to a style counterpoint to what you have.

In a quandary about size and placement?  From Real Simple.com, here is a great suggestion.

Go for a fixture one-half to three-quarters the width of the table; anything larger will cast shadows on faces. Hang the light 36 to 48 inches above the table. Choose the lower number for more intimacy, the higher one if you want to stand when toasting.

Contemporary to Modern Chandeliers

The chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman.  I absolute love her lighting creations.  This one is particularly interesting because you can purchase the kit and assemble the pieces to fit your own creative vision.  Can you mix the old with the new?  Very definitely, as you can see in this next image, her five globe branching bubble chandelier hangs from an ornate acanthus leaf ceiling medallion.

From the Crystal Skye collection, Kichler creates crystal prism chandeliers that reflect light in every direction.

Kichler Crystal Skye chandelier
Kichler Crystal Skye chandelier

Love this next contemporary interpretation on a rose petal and the industrial chandelier that follows in the subsequent image. 

Discovered this lovely purple decor with the globe chandeliers on Decor Pad. Design is by Martha O’Hara Interior

Looking for a more traditional style chandelier?

In this category, I lump the tiered and crystals, all of which have a draped effect.  They lend a more formal look.  But don’t be afraid to mix them in a contemporary or modern setting.

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Pinterest

Here is one of my most favorite chandeliers.  It’s so simple in design; yet, offers a touch of relaxed formality.  The dining setting is wonderfully inviting.  Can’t you just see yourself sitting and chatting at the table with guests, long after the meal was finished.  Ah, an those gorgeous slip covered chairs.  You know how I feel about slip covers.  Right?  No, well I’ll just defer you to one of my most popular posts 

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Eleni Decor sourced from BHG
Eleni Decor sourced from BHG
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Pinterest – Canadian Log Cabin Homes.com
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French empire chandelier
French empire chandelier

Apartment Living With A Statement Chandelier

Trad Home Showcase Apartment
Trad Home Showcase Apartment
Apartment Therapy by Shelto, Mindel & Associates
Apartment Therapy by Shelto, Mindel & Associates
Elle Decor, Decorator for this Paris apartment is Christophe Périchon
Elle Decor, Decorator for this Paris apartment is Christophe Périchon

As you may know, I live in an apartment.  My crystal chandelier is packed away in a box but not for much longer.  The most difficult task in having bought it was deciding which chandelier because there were simply so many to choose from.  That was 10 years ago! 

The choices now are even more phenomenal.  Some of these inspiring examples may look out of reach.  I assure you, once you’ve decided on a design, you will be able to find similar, less expensive ones of the most priciest ones you find. 

So I say don’t look at the price tag first but at styles you love that complement your dining vision.  Then look for a version that fits your budget.  The most important thing is to add a statement chandelier to your dining.  You’ll love the lighting!

Already have a statement chandelier?  Is one on your wish list or is it being shipped? 
Please do tell!