Friday,20 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1164, (12 - 18 September 2013)
Friday,20 October, 2017
Issue 1164, (12 - 18 September 2013)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Your own little haven

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.

amoneim@ahram.org.eg

When it’s hot and sweaty outside, you may opt to go back home, make yourself a drink and head to the garden where you collapse in a comfortable chair in the shadow of a tree to spend the afternoon. Just as the blue reflections of the swimming pool tickle your eyes, you wake up from your dream in your small apartment with the tiny balcony. Don’t despair yet. Even if you’re living in a small apartment in the heart of the city, with the right planning, you can create your refreshing retreat from the summer heat. At least you’ll have a cool spot to drink your coffee or read a book on a very tight budget.

Here are some tips for turning your terrace into your own private oasis:

Go vertical:
Mount your flowerpots on the walls or hang them on the railings, so that they leave the floor free. Hanging baskets, shelves and vertical flowerpot racks make space for your plants without taking up much surface space in your balcony. This will free up deck space to accommodate outdoor furniture.

Plant edibles:
Instead of planting flowers on your balcony, choose herbs or vegetable plants. They can be just as beautiful as flowers and have a built-in bonus your flowers don’t.

Show some respect:
Don’t treat your balcony like a junkyard.

Unfold to relax:
Foldable tables and chairs and a removable drying rack help in making more room for gardening.

Bring the indoors outside:
Your outdoor space should be an extension of your home, so make sure to choose furniture, accessories and a colour palette that compliments your indoor décor.

 

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