12 Rooms in 12 Months: Our Balcony Progress + How to Add Privacy Outdoors on a Budget

12 Rooms in 12 Months: Our Balcony Progress + How to Add Privacy Outdoors on a Budget

This post is sponsored by First Editions® Plants and SheKnows Media.

I’ve been spending more and more time outdoors at home, which I mentioned last week too. And it’s definitely been the motivation I needed to get some of our outdoor spaces decorated and ready to enjoy.

To make things easy, I started with the smaller of the outdoor spaces – our upstairs balcony – so I could check another ‘room’ off the list quick AND solve a problem that we had with the space at the same time. Click through for all the photos AND enter to win a $100 Visa gift card to kickstart your next outdoor project.

12 Rooms in 12 Months: Our Balcony Progress (Before Photo). Click through for the reveal.

12 Rooms in 12 Months: Our Balcony Progress. Before Photo. Click through for the full reveal.

So here’s the deal! Our balcony is a relative cozy spot on the second floor (about 14 feet long and a little over 5 feet wide),which means there wasn’t much that needed to be done. The main things we needed to work out for the space were: a place to sit that was comfy but stylish AND a privacy solution for at least one side of the balcony.

Above is a before shot, so you can see what a blank canvas it was. We added some chairs (that I already had, a new rug, planters, and of course a bunch of plants).

A balcony makeover with First Editions Plants. Click through for the full reveal.

I teamed up with my friends at First Editions® Plants to make it all happen. And because I’m super familiar with their plants, especially after our last project together, it seemed like a no-brainer to partner up again. This time around, I used hearty plants with lots of leaf coverage to create a full look, that will continue to grow for privacy purposes: Coppertone™ Distylium for the modern DIY planter box, Vintage Jade for the large planter in the seating area and Cobalt-n-Gold™ Hypericum in the smaller concrete planter (flowers are just starting to bloom too).

Once we got the furniture and rug laid out, we filled in with plants and tackled privacy on the left side of the balcony by using my DIY planter box and First Editions® Plants Coppertone. We love our neighbors, but since their house is super close to ours on one side (maybe 20 feet away?), this solution felt like one that would look great now, while providing a little privacy, and continue to grow with time.

Aren’t plants a great way to bring life to a space? I just love ’em.

A balcony makeover perfect for summer entertaining or just reading a book. Click through for the full reveal and learn how to add privacy outdoors on a budget. #summer #outdoorspace #modernoutdoorspace

How to Pick Out the Right Plants for Your Project

If you’re looking for plants that can also provide some privacy, a few of my favorites from the First Editions® collection include Linebacker, Vintage Jade, and Coppertone. But with 125+ plant varieties in the First Editions® collection, there are plenty of additional options to choose from so you find exactly what you’re looking for. I was so tempted to pick up some Double Mint gardenias when I was out shopping for plants. They smell SO good!

Still need a little guidance? Learn how to create, grow, and maintain a beautiful garden with tips from First Editions® here. There are some great tips on plant pairings in there too, based on the needs of your space. And to quickly find all of the locations in your area that carry the First Editions® Plants, use this online toolThen, when you’re out shopping, just look out for the purple pot!

A balcony makeover perfect for summer entertaining or just reading a book. Click through for the full reveal and learn how to add privacy outdoors on a budget. #summer #outdoorspace #modernoutdoorspace

A balcony makeover perfect for summer entertaining or just reading a book. Click through for the full reveal and learn how to add privacy outdoors on a budget. #summer #outdoorspace #modernoutdoorspace

A balcony makeover perfect for summer entertaining or just reading a book. Click through for the full reveal and learn how to add privacy outdoors on a budget. #summer #outdoorspace #modernoutdoorspace

Photography by Amelia Lawrence

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48 comments | Click here to reply

I could use these for my deck. Looks so nice

Elena

Yes some new throw pillows for our outdoor furniture and a storage box for pool items and toys.

Ali

I am so in need of some fresh plants for the season. I could also use some plants for privacy in one area. I loved the pictures that you posted in this post.

heather

I think i’ts a beautiful place.I love this decor.They do great guys
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We could use some new plants in the front deck. I am thinking blue salvia and cypress.
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Jessie C.

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Thanks so much.

Margaret Smith

We have a deck that is pretty secluded. I love putting plants all around our deck, especially flowers.

Margaret Smith

I could really use these for my deck.

Mita

Our hot tub (which is currently broken) could use some privacy.

Will G

Would love these for my deck, a lot of exposure to my neighbors on it!

meghan

This post comes at the perfect time for me – In two weeks I am moving to a new apartment and have been scouring Pinterest and blogs (like yours!) for patio inspiration. There’s a large tree in front of the patio, so privacy shouldn’t be an issue, but getting some plants from First Editions Plants would be ideal. Thanks so much for all of your recommendations on the different plant varieties!

Maddie

So simple, yet so chic. I love it!!

My outdoor space only gets morning sun, but it is very private. Only the upstairs neighbors can see me. However, I don’t find myself wanting to hang out in the evening because there’s no sun! So I think with some lighting and other small decorations it might really liven it up more and make it cozy.

Rachel

This is so timely! I have a very tiny balcony that directly overlooks my neighbor’s kitchen windows, not much privacy there at all! I love the idea of a plant screen. Your balcony looks so welcoming now!

Laurie

You turned that balcony into such a beautiful space, I would love to relax there for a bit!
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Michelle

These rooms look awesome!!! Love the lounge chairs.
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Courtney
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