Crafty Tuesday: Balcony update and PRV Challenge


Even though the weather is far from appropriate my balcony project is finished and everything is ready. Now we only need the sun and warmth to enjoy our improved balcony. You remember, this was my first post about my plan of action.

Now our balcony looks like this – and I just can’t wait for summer to arrive.

Table and chairs

Sitting area

Triangle pillow

I LOVE my new triangle pillow from which my view is like this:

View - if you are lucky

Pretty neat, eh?

As I am now in the home decor mood I decided to turn this into a long term project and joined the Post Road Vintage Challenge. I am planning to improve some part of our home every month. The balcony is only the beginning. If you are looking for some inspiration for home decor and a lovely style for the home, check out Heather’s website, it is awesome.

Have you done anything crafty lately? Let me know, I am always looking for inspiration.

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Crafty Tuesday: Busy with balcony transformation


Nothing too crafty today but rather a home decor project. As I have already done some very basic sewing for our balcony in 2011 I feel I can sort it under Crafty Tuesday.

Curtain shelfCurtain table

We are living in a flat and the balcony faces the soccer pitch of a small local club – which makes for some loud and amusing entertainment on weekends. About two weeks ago I decided that its current looks is not very inducive to relaxation so I am in the process of transforming it into a wellness heaven (well, sort of).

This is its state during a preliminary cleaning (with a little helper):

Balcony cleaning

My plan of action (already set in motion):

  • Buy plants and pots at the garden center
  • Order a bamboo rug for the stone floor on ebay
  • Buy a couple more cushions for the chairs at IKEA
  • Find a triangle pillow for the floor to lounge and read on
  • Buy large pillows for the floor at IKEA
  • Get prayer flags as decoration on ebay
  • At my swap site I discovered a couple of cute bottle holders that you can loop around the railing.

I will keep you posted over the next few weeks. Once everything gets here my balcony will be ready for summer. Can’t wait!

Do you have a balcony, patio or garden? Show me some pictures, please!


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The perfectly imperfect home by Deborah Needleman

perfectly_imperfect_homeStyle is a luxury, and luxury is simply what makes you happy.
Over the years, design expert Deborah Needleman has seen all kinds of rooms, with all kinds of furnishings. Her conclusion: It’s not hard to create a relaxed, stylish, and comfortable home. Just a few well-considered items can completely change the feel of your space, and The Perfectly Imperfect Home reveals them all.





In a nutshell:

I liked it:  Yes    

For people who like: Interior design, home decor, home makeovers

My thoughts: 

This is a great book if you would like to know more about how to decorate your home in a livable way. The book is divided into chapters like for example

  • Nice lighting
  • Places for chatting
  • Cozifications
  • Bath as a room
  • Delicious scent which deal with one aspect of living in various sub-chapters. 

All topics are accompanied by very nice  illustrations. Those images give you an idea of how to do it but don’t force you to think you have to re-create a specific setting like you do when you see a photograph.

Each chapter gives you additional historical information (for example about what entries were used for in the 18th century) or explanations to the various types of sofas, lampshades or tables. Did you know, for example, what a Bridgewater sofa looks like? Well, I didn’t.

Interspersed there are quotes about living and little side notes with how-tos, style tips, nice to know tidbits and so on. 

It is a fabulous book to either look through whenever you feel like getting some inspiration, when you need a solution for a specific design problem or when you just want to get some new ideas how you could improve your space of living.

Product info and buy link :

Title The perfectly imperfect home
Author Deborah Needleman
Publisher Clarkson Potter
ISBN 978-0307720139
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy The Perfectly Imperfect Home


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.