How to decorate a small balcony

In this episode, see how to decorate a small balcony to add livable square footage to your apartment by installing a reed fence, and making a bench out of a few plastic storage containers and plywood. There’s even room to include a balcony garden with a raised planter. These balcony decorating ideas can also be used for small patios and decks and will inspire you to create your very own outdoor oasis.

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  1. What a beautiful transformation!

    I’d love to know the latin name of the vine you used there. An ivy?

  2. renee

    I love the reed fencing! I have cement block walls, can you suggest a way to attach it?

  3. keith

    Hi! The deck is gorgeous! Does the vine attract OR repel insects?

    • Isabelle

      Thanks! I didn’t see any more or less insects on my balcony with the vine, but that’s probably due to the fact that it’s located on the 12th floor of a highrise in Manhattan…not much insect activity up there :)

  4. Nick

    I love your balcony! I want to install a reed fence on my balcony in LA, but my balcony is stucco. What do you think the best way to affix it is?

    • Isabelle

      Now that I’ve moved to LA, I have a similar issue with my balcony – I’m working on a solution so stay tuned!

  5. Mils

    This is awesome! any tips for a place like Toronto where we get snow? I live on the top floor and there’s no roof on my balcony, what suggestion can you give for balcony storage? Thanks!

  6. Taylor

    This is amazing! I’m absolutely in love with your website/ videos. You are amazing and so creative, you’ve defiantly helped me so much!

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