When I moved into my teeny tiny apartment in Mitte last August it was the height of the Berlin summer and I was just so happy to be out of my WG (flatshare) and living on my own for the first time that I didn’t really put much thought into flat renovations.
This year as summer slowly arrives I have had lots of time to plan how to get the most out of the best extension of my living space: The Balcony. My flat is 34 square metres small (to non Europe-mainland residents to whom this doesn’t mean anything, it’s pretty small as flats go, but not the smallest). However, the best thing is that in the summer I can use the balcony which runs the length of one of my walls, so like 2.5 metres.
One end is taken up with a little table and chairs which is perfect for evening meals with friends or a glass of wine when the sun is setting.
But then I had this other end that I wasn’t really sure what to do with. So I decided the best thing a working gal could do was make a chillout area. Cue me frantically searching Berlin’s godawful DIY and home shops for a deck chair that didn’t take up too much room.
I found this blue one at Obi for €12.99 and it’s SO COMFY. The position it is in catches the sun at the end of the day and it’s just the nicest feeling ever to sit there with a book. I also was really set on getting a tree somewhere on the balcony and when my mum and cousin came to visit last weekend we got the cute little rose tree.
Above the new lounging area as I now like to call it I now have my herb garden. Growing fresh herbs is such a luxury when it comes to home cooking so I love just being able to step out of my kitchen and grab some basil et al.
I also spent a small fortune on plants and flowers for my 8 flowerboxes that go around the edge and I just love how much colour they bring to the place, even when I’m sat inside it looks like someone’s just done a Color Run out there.
And finally, I couldn’t do a post about my revamped balcony without mentioning my favourite and newest addition. The other night whilst taking a night stroll through my area we found a bit of old wood and some bricks which were just calling out to be crafted into a little table next to my comfy chair. If anyone needs me for the next few months, you will probably find me here with a cup of builder’s tea next to me.
PS: today my neighbours opposite could be spotted pointing at my flower boxes… just call me Charlie Dimmock?