In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
Not every outdoor space is a big, lush, grassy backyard, which is why we asked interior designer and native Chicagoan, Alex Kaehler to join our Style Challenge and give her small outdoor space a fresh makeover! We love seeing the way she brought color and style to her small urban balcony.
Living in downtown Chicago, we treasure our outdoor space, but sadly, the little deck off our bedroom has always been ignored. We had a couple of chairs to sit out there and read, but no real attention had ever been paid to it. Enter The Home Depot. When we were given this beautiful outdoor lounge set, I knew exactly where it would go. It is the perfect spot to sit and read a book, or to have girl friends over for cocktails.
With two chairs, an ottoman and a love seat, the Fenton 4-Piece Seating Set provides us with tons of seating for entertaining and lounging. I love the colorful bohemian vibe we were able to create with the use of the rustic trays, white garden stool, and lush greenery.
Although it was still freezing outside when we did this patio makeover, we are so excited to use our new beautiful new deck this spring.
Even our dog loves the space (he refused to get out of the pictures).
With some trees, Christmas lights and champagne you might even forget you’re in the middle of downtown Chicago.
I love how in the dark, you feel like you’re on vacation!
Alex studied design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago and shortly after started her design firm Alexandra Kaehler Design. Alex married her high school boyfriend six months ago and is loving married life in Chicago. She says she has the best clients and job in the world and feels lucky to wake up every morning loving what she does! For more on Alex’s decorating ideas and tips visit her blog Things That Sparkle.
To style her urban balcony, Alex used the following Home Depot products:
- Hampton Bay Fenton 4-Piece Patio Seating Set
- Home Decorators Collection Rustic Wood Trays
- Home Decorators Collection Drum Stool. Note: While this product was discontinued, the Flower Drum Garden Cream Patio Stool could serve a similar purpose.