Busy metropolitan lifestyle makes you tired sometimes. All you want to do after a long working day is to take a deep breath and relax in your own private area. Let your home balcony do its job as a perfect place for chilling time. Re-designing your balcony into a beautiful and stylish area is not easy but nothing’s impossible. Keep on reading because I’m going to show you some creative tips which can practically help a lot in turning your balcony into a perfect relaxing place. 

Turn your balcony into a perfect relaxing place
Fill your balcony with nature

Hanging flower pots are surely perfect for a green vertical garden. If your balcony is small, hanging flower pots can do their best for decorating purposes. You should choose compact and minimalist designed pots for a more stylish terrace. 

Moreover, there are some other plants suitable with your balcony such as jasmine and bulbs. Even bedding plants and houseplants can also be grown in your outdoor area. I have a bird of paradise in my balcony and it turns my balcony into a relaxing place.

Remember, a balcony added with fresh green plants may actually trigger your relaxing feeling and energize your inner soul.

Set up a chilling corner

If you want to spend hours reading or chilling in your balcony, don’t forget to set up a perfect corner with a small table and outdoor couch. Some colorful cushions are also needed to highlight your style. 

Use balcony decking and add some lights

You may need to replace that basic boring concrete floor of your balcony with interlocking deck tiles. They are very easy to install and purchase. And if you are a renter, you should know they are easy to remove as well.

Lighting is important. You can’t imagine how amazing lighting is unless you actually install a perfect lighting system for your place. Candle lanterns and led lights are outstandingly ideal for a romantic balcony. However, it depends on your own taste and style to choose a suitable lighting design so think about it carefully and choose wisely to set up the area that can speak yourself.

Add a splash of color 

An eye-catching balcony is much nicer than a boring plain one. You can either grow colorful plants or use colorful decorations to bright up your outdoor area. Not everyone notices but your frame of mind is really affected by color. Energetic bright-colored room or place leads to a more positive soul. If you love to bring your laptop outdoor and have a sit in your balcony corner to work, that colorful decorations around may give a hand in improving your work execution

Use hammock swing chair

A hammock swing chair is absolutely the best choice if you want to set up a place to relax and privately observe the outdoor movement. That feeling of sitting in your cozy hammock chair enjoying your hot-chocolate while reading some books is just amazing. 

And you know what, rushing through life occasionally makes you exhausted, that’s why your mental health needs to be nurtured by every single small thing surrounding you. A warm, cozy and airy balcony can heal your mood and boost your brainpower after everyday of hard work. Refurbishing your outdoor terrace with all above tips may somehow help to upgrade your living condition and better your mental pleasure at the same time. Lastly, I have a blog post sharing my tips for How to save money on seasonal decor, make sure you click here and check it out. 

Fall/Winter Patio mini-Makeover

2 days until Halloween. It’s that time of the year in Arizona that the weather is soooooo nice, a perfect amount of sunlight under 78F. And it’s perfect time for spending time backyard.

Misa and I recently moved back to the state from Vietnam and our backyard was a mess. I have always been wanting to bring more life to it and I am slowly doing it. A little corner at a time, so here is how the patio looks like right now after some works.

Before showing you guys the details, I want to say that I’m not an expert at all. I am just a mom who wants to make her house a better prettier home. Also, since I’m not an expert, I was not sure if I’m going to stick with the design or not so I try my best to find affordable items, unless I know I will use the item for really long time.

Okay, scroll down to see how it looks. I linked the items at the end of this post in case you want to get them.

Before the makeover
I trashed everything and wash it all over but couldn’t remove the stain on the floor.

After the makeover
This is how it looks now.

First, I added 2 artificial grass area rugs that I ordered from Amazon. They cost $54 each. And omg I’m so glad I did. They make it a lot cleaner and safer for Misa to walk around. It was hard deciding between these thinner shorter grass rugs and those longer one that cost double.

Those longer ones look a lot more real than these and look way more expensive. However from my experience using those at our house back in Vietnam, it will shed after time and leaves the mat spotchy. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t know if they will look as good as what I was imaging so I went with the cheaper ones.

Next, I ordered those wicker benches from Walmart which is $94 each. I love brightness. I know the white color will brightenup the space and will be very easy to re-decorate through out the year. They are very sturdy, the quality is awesome, so great for the price. I also got those pillows on Walmart.com for just $8 each.

Those two of the yellow leaf artificial trees, I bought them second handed on OfferUp.com for $50 total. They bring such a fall vibe into my photos.

The coffee table is from the brand Chic Teak, a brand that offers finest teak wood, live edge, mahogany and handwoven furniture, all handmade by skilled artisans. I can tell the quality. I love the peanut round shape which makes the space looks softer while bringing me peace in mind that it’s not as dangerous for my daughter if she falls and hits the table’s edge (which happens very often).

ChikTeak Coffee Table
It’s a BEAUTIFUL coffee table that can be use indoor or outdoor


To add a warm touch to the patio, I added the Solar string lights from Brightech. It doesn’t cost me any cent of electric you guys !!! It’s powered by the sun.

Brightech String Lights
These string lights is a warm touch to my patio

It’s automatically turns on when it’s dark at the evening and stays on for 6 hours and then automatically turns off (about midnight). How cool is that?

The solar panel can be plugged down the ground or can be install with clip on the wall, wherever the sun hits the most. It can also be switched to regular power system when pairing to the right electric cable.

Brightech Solar String Lights
I plugged it down there first before we decide how we want to re-located the entire string lights

And yes you’re seeing a Christmas tree there. We’re very excited for Christmas and yes we already get started.

Here is the list and links to the items I mentioned:


Our patio is now good to go but I’m still doing a little more and I will keep you guys updated. Comment below, let me know how I did, what should I change or add, or remove?

Thank you for stopping by my blog post !!!