How to Create a Romantic Botanical Summer Apartment Balcony


Are you searching for creative summer ideas for your apartment/condo balcony? Maybe you have a small patio/deck at your house and you are trying to figure out how to decorate such a small space for you, and your significant other? Heck, maybe you just want to see what Red (that’s me) did to her new apartment balcony to be making such a big deal about it on her Redhead Can Decorate Facebook page? If you said, “Yes!” to any of the above, I hope you are inspired by my latest makeover: “How to Create a Romantic Botanical Summer Apartment Balcony”. Check out the before photo of the balcony below, and view the full line-up of after photos, including romantic nighttime images with all of my shopping sources located below each photo to make it easy for you to find ☀️.

How to Create a Romantic Botanical  Summer Apartment Balcony so that it also appears larger.

Clearing the Balcony of Decor We No Longer Want

The very first priority I had when decorating our cute balcony located right outside our living room, was clearing the balcony of decor we no longer want. Life is way too short to feel obligated to keep chairs that are uncomfortable-especially as we age. I actually listed this small dining set on Facebook Marketplace for “porch pick-up” (here’s how I list things for free), but then I thought better of it. Instead, I decided to recycle the set for an upcoming balcony re-do I am designing next month at someone else’s apartment 😉! Sign up for the reveal HERE because it is going to be incredibly youthful, colorful, and fun.

Romantic Botanical Summer Apartment Balcony from the Inside

Before we step out onto the balcony, I wanted to mention how important it is to pay attention to all angles far and near. For example, the night we hung the new darling wood beaded plug-in chandelier, I noticed how beautiful it glowed from the inside of our apartment. I decided to take full advantage of that two-for-one “ambiance” and was very careful to hang the chandelier so it could be seen from inside, too. I noticed tonight when we had the hanging chandelier on, it actually makes the living room look longer 😲.

Romantic Botanical Summer Apartment Balcony Tour with Sources

Okay, come on out into our new little romantic summer apartment balcony hide-out…

What catches your eye the most? Maybe the mosquito catcher sheer black curtains 😊? I would love to tell you that hanging the curtains was easy, but in all honesty, our apartment is up pretty high, so we had to really think this through. We were okay with getting on our step ladder at the ends where there is a partial wall, but I wasn’t willing to have my husband stand on it in the middle. So, we managed to hang the curtain rod just by the ends, and putting the curtain panels on first before we placed it up in each corner. The little glass balls you see hanging I put up with a broom and hooked them on to the rod with a hook.

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How to Create a Romantic Botanical  Summer Apartment Balcony so that it also appears larger.

I must say, I adore the curtains hanging down for the privacy factor, but they also create such a cozy, romantic atmosphere (they also help keep the bugs out). If interested…I used 4 curtain panels and this gorgeous curtain rod with gold crackle finials. I also tie them back with a little leather twine wrapped around the iron balcony because otherwise the curtains blow all over if it’s windy. See my Instagram video HERE of the curtains flowing in the wind and the deck all set up.

Hey, did you happen to catch that beautiful “Sunlight in Forest” canvas hanging as my “back drop”? I chose this particular canvas from my friends at Desenio because it reminded me of our old back yard at the house with the sun shining through the tall trees. It also gives the optical illusion that the balcony is larger than it appears. If interested in shopping gorgeous canvases, or posters I have a special coupon for my readers to use. Use my code JULIE35 for 35% off prints at Desenio, excluding personalized prints or poster packs. Valid until midnight on May  25th.

How to Create a Romantic Botanical  Summer Apartment Balcony so that it also appears larger.

Adding the Romance to Your Summer Balcony

To add more of an indoor romantic feel I added the plug-in wood beaded chandelier (see the cord hanging in the back ground?), and tons of real/faux plants. You may have noticed the gorgeous large Majesty palms (they need tons of indirect light) we used to ground the entire balcony and help create that botanical feel. Fresh Palms are my go-to indoor and outdoor plant, along with fresh Ferns which I talk in great depth about how to care for HERE. By the way, I found the tall basket planters, and the faux greens on the table at Big Lots. The brass candle, rug, and black ottoman are from HomeGoods.

Ooooo…now we’re talking. As soon as the sun starts to go down (we call it the golden hour) it gets so romantic out here. We haven’t had the chance to have dinner out here yet because it’s been quite chilly, but soon. We were joking about how all we need is room service. At least we will be able to watch our delivery person pull up 😆. I’m telling ya, we are having so much fun in this apartment. We feel like kids again. Who wants pizza?

How to Create a Romantic Botanical  Summer Apartment Balcony so that it also appears larger.

Our Cozy Bohemian Summer Deck

How to Create a Romantic Botanical  Summer Apartment Balcony so that it also appears larger.

Our Cozy Kitchen Lounge

How to Create a Romantic Botanical  Summer Apartment Balcony so that it also appears larger.

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23 Responses

  1. Emma Johnson says:

    Loved all your suggestions would love to give it a try!!

  2. Julie! It is just stunning! All the greenery and the curtains really make it so cozy and romantic! Love the chandelier!

    • Julie says:

      Michelle, my apartment sister! Thank you so much. It took me a bit to get this done- it’s been so cold!!

  3. Diane Pandolfi says:


    I cannot tell you how much Iook forward to and enjoy all of your projects. I live vicariously through all of the steps and challenges. You are talented, passionate and genuine and it all shines through. Have a wonderful time, knowing that you bless a lot of lives.


    • Julie says:

      Diane, that is probably the sweetest comment I’ve ever received. Thank you for this! And you have my sister, Diane’s name 😊😊😊

  4. Pat says:

    Stunning! I love everything you’ve done and I always love that you use black! I do too! 😊

    • Julie says:

      Pat… I can’t get away from black. I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message!

  5. Mona says:

    Its beautiful!! But I’m confused. You have a balcony and a deck?? Thanks!!

  6. Margaret says:

    You have transitioned so beauty to the apartment. We are trying to decide whether to sell our home in Florida and get an apartment in Charlotte where our daughters live. I know this was to be temporary for you but have you thought about making it permanent?

    • Julie says:

      We love the apartment, however apartment living isn’t for us indefinitely because we want a back yard and we don’t want noise from neighbors. We got lucky here so far, very quiet neighbors. But we never know who could move in/out meaning dogs, kids, etc. I have realized though that I don’t want a big house. Way too much work now. We hope to find a small home or detached condo.

  7. Christy says:

    Absolutely love this! Looks like a cozy, nice getaway even if it is right outside your apartment. Love the canvas.

  8. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    Just opened your email and thank you for that. I will answer you separately. Your balcony turned out so nice and yes I could see Joe & I having a glass of Vino. As another guest commented, you are so talented and have a flair for making something plain turn into a lovely picture. Thanks for being you!
    Hugs, Bette

  9. Lorri says:

    Julie the minute I saw that picture…I thought ..hey that looks like her backyard ..did she take a pic before she left and blow it up? You never know what ideas you have…lol!! Your balcony looks lovely..Cozy and very usable.. Enjoy your dinners that you and hubby will have.😍

  10. Nancy says:

    Hi Julie! I love this. Enjoying tiny space is part of our journey now too. A year and a half ago we bought a villa in The Village, FL as a winter escape from gray, cold NW Indiana. We love the ease of our small space, the fun of decorating it, and the endless activities The Villages offer. In fact as we headed home for summer this year I thought I wanted to make that move full time. However, now that we are back I realize I can’t do it. We already downsized somewhat 4 years ago but still have a 3 story (but not enormous) home. I dearly love my home and neighbors. Yes, I still love my “things” and do not want to part with those that represent generations of my family. So, until we can’t do it anymore we will enjoy both. It is fun to be young at heart playing in our FL world and full time family when back north.

    • Julie says:

      Nancy, you have the best of both worlds! Now we are looking at houses again, but small! Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy those activities, Nancy!!

  11. Maria says:

    Such a great look. Love the boho vibe:apartment living is great: I’m living in an apt as well:

  12. Kristine says:

    Your blog is an absolute dream! The lush greenery, twinkling lights, and cozy seating make it a perfect oasis. It’s a testament to the magic of summer evenings spent outdoors, and I’m inspired to transform my own balcony.

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