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Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

Well hello everyone! I'm so excited about today's post! Now that the sunshine is here to stay (it's been in the high 80's all week) it's officially balcony season. I moved into my apartment at the end of last summer in August so this is going to be my first full season with outdoor space and I'm so pumped about it!

If you've followed any of my home decor posts in the past you probably know that I LOVE color -- bright, fabulous, bold colors! I'm also a big fan of patterns and definitely not afraid to layer. So it probably won't surprise you when I tell you that my goal for my outdoor decor was to have one of the brightest balconies in the city. And while I haven't seen every patio and balcony in the city, I'm going to go on a limb and say I think I nailed the color part ;-)

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

Something I had been looking forward to all winter was the second the weather turned for the better so I could pick out new flowers for my planters. So as soon as it warmed up I headed to the farmer's market as fast as I could!

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

I've always loved Gerbera Daisies so I decided they were a great choice for my planters! I've never had much of a green thumb but I also decided to give my go at a little garden this year too. I picked up romaine lettuce, strawberries, basil, mint, a mini tomato plant, and some lilac! 

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

I had to plant things a little closer because I was tight on space but I got a really great deal on plants so I decided it wasn't too bad of a spend if I ended up killing everything. I mean I've killed succulents before.. so I wasn't setting the bar too high.

Without further ado, onto the decor! I switched things up a little this year to make the space a little more functional for the way I like to use it.  

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

That included buying a couple of lounge chairs to make the space a little more comfy! I love coming home and just relaxing outside and these chairs are perfect for that. Plus I can easily fold them up and slide them aside when I want a little more open space.

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

Right now I have 3 distinct little areas. My lounge chairs, my bench and then my table. Also not pictured are my BBQ and fire pit in the far left corner.

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

Here's both chairs in action when Chris is out on the balcony with me! Good news too! My plants are killing it!

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

And guess what! My first strawberries came in and I cut some of my lettuce and have used it for a couple of dinners! Just call me urban farmer Anna ;-)

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space

I can't wait for many more nights out here this summer! Hope you guys enjoyed my space!

Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Bright & Colorful NYC Balcony -- Maximizing your Balcony Space