10 Genius Pieces to Brighten Your Balcony
Who needs a massive backyard to breathe in glorious spring weather? These hardworking finds make the most of every last inch of your outdoor space.
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Fade-proof white PVC cord is an outdoor lounger’s best friend. This seat’s modern fan pattern exudes south-of-the-border resort chic — and thanks to its all-weather durability, you won’t have to haul it indoors every time the skies darken. (Psst: If summer storms are especially nasty in your part of the world, spring for a fitted, Velcro-tabbed cover.)
BUY IT: CB2, $339
Hardwood Plant Stand
Consider this piece carte blanche to go crazy at the greenmarket this year — or to cultivate a wee herb garden for finishing touches to seasonal meals. It’s crafted of sustainably-harvested, ultra-resilient eucalyptus, and if you treat it with a bit of oil once a year, its gorgeous color will stay deep and rich.
BUY IT: Wayfair, $87
Glass hurricane lamps are awfully good-looking, but we wouldn’t recommend perching on one. Artkalia’s waterproof LED offering, on the other hand, can support up to 240 pounds, so it’s ready for triple duty as mood lighting (for 6-8 hours on a single charge), a side table and spare seating.
BUY IT: Lumens, $279
Plush Pillow Cover
When is a fabric accessory worth more than a Benjamin? When it’s made with Sunbrella’s high-tech, solution-dyed acrylic terry cloth, a powerhouse fabric that’s soft enough for a nursery and tough enough to resist whatever Mother Nature can throw at it. You’ll be curling up on this cushion for decades.
BUY IT: Restoration Hardware, $120 and up
Every good staycation begins with a tropics-worthy indoor/outdoor accent piece. When you’re planning your next proper getaway, why not bring the getaway vibe to you?
BUY IT: Pier 1, $50
Two-Tone Dining Chair
A Peruvian-inspired pattern meets sleek Scandinavian lines in this handcrafted seat, which pairs up beautifully around a bistro table but is equally suited to a solo spot. Woven of water-resistant and oh-so-smooth resin wicker, it’s an eye-catcher rather than a thigh-catcher (looking at you, mean old vintage wicker).
BUY IT: West Elm, $199
Portable Lantern and Speaker
Sexiest speaker ever? Cleverest table lamp ever? Call it both: This tech-packed little number streams tunes via Bluetooth connectivity and has touch-sensitive dimming and volume controls. It’d also be a pretty memorable purse at a pool party, if that’s how you roll.
BUY IT: YLighting, $479
Like the rain-or-shine pillow a few slides ago, Sunbrella’s textured chevron throw is a next-generation nap accessory: It’s luxurious enough to earn a spot in the family room, and sturdy enough that you can bring it outside to watch a meteor shower (and don’t have to worry about mildew or fading if it spends some quality time outdoors). Scratchy, plastic-backed picnic blankets, please try harder.
BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $229
This reversible polypropylene mat is built to stand the test of time (and the pitter-patter of raindrops and feet), and its updated-boho vibe suits both modern and vintage spaces.
BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $49 and up
Ombré Side Table
Stable cement construction means never having to say, "I’m so sorry I kicked the rickety bistro furniture and upended the craft cocktails you spent half an hour preparing!" (For example.)
BUY IT: Anthropologie, $198