Friday, February 10, 2012

[ rethinking our balcony ]

DO YOU ever come up with a plan and you try to make it work even though it really isn't? Well, that's what happened with our fatboy beanbag plan for the balcony {read about it here}. Even though they were comfortable and suitable for outdoors, I soon realized that they just weren't practical for us.


The thing about living in a desert is that every weekend, everything outside is completely covered with a layer of fine sand {similar to drywall dust that never seems to go away!} Which means that everything needs to be cleaned before you can park your butt down.

Not that big of a deal but cleaning the deck around these babies and getting the sand out of the beanbag crevices was just too annoying. We tried covers but then where do you put the dirty cover?

Time for a new plan!

I listed them on Dubizzle {Dubai's Craigslist} and within half an hour they were sold! And the money we got for them paid for these beauties...


Not bad, huh? Much more compact but still comfy with footstools for both of us, all-weather wicker which is easy to clean and outdoor cushions that can be washed {which will live indoors between uses anyway}.


Sitting side by side, now we both get a lovely view of the boats.



The set came with a side table that was a bit of a tight fit between the chairs so I moved it to the other end and bought a pretty new lantern for it {this balcony is dark at night!}


I love the detail of it with its white glass sides and the little tea light will give off just enough glow to provide a bit of light without putting us on display.


I'm happy with our new plan. Let's hope it works a lot better than the last one!

lisa

22 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh I love them (and still very much grooving on that floor). I have outdoor furniture envy :)

Razmataz said...

I think beanbags are comfy but they really use a lot of space. Great for a big house maybe. I think you balcony looks really lovely now. Much more practical. And that view is spectacular.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Looks so nice and makes a lot of sense! Love the lantern.....boy oh boy that view is so amazing! Happy Friday!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Dubizzle... love it! The new chairs and footstools fit the space perfectly. And man oh man, my butt would be parked in them all day with a view like that!

Leanne said...

I like that you will be able to change out the look of the cushions easily...'cause you're crafty that way...whip up new covers when you feel like it! :)
...snowing here xo

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

Best laid plans...but hey take two looks so fantastic! Hope you enjoy! We are heading into a deep freeze here this weekend...-25 plus a windchill. Enjoy those Dubai nights. Happy Weekend!

SuZeFashion said...

Love the transformation, those chairs are perfect for your balcony! That lamp is so romantic!

a happy little life said...

Looks great! Hoping to do something great with our balcony this spring. It hasn't been all we hoped it would be for quiet time in nice weather.
Your view is so very beautiful!
XO Tracie

tearinguphouses said...

glad i read this post. i'd been considering those for our place near the beach not too long ago... probably not so much anymore!

Meeling said...

I love the new look!! Sand can be a very annoying little visitor when it gets on everything...not fun!

What a view you have!!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Loving that view and your new seating! Looks like you will be able to enjoy that view better too! I just looked outside and I see snow. We are having the warmest Winter. Snow has been scarce. It will actually be nice to go out in it - plus I haven't been able to wear my new boots yet! Hope you have a great weekend!

{Adventuresindinner} said...

What a great view! After a major reno last summer I'm looking forward to soon being able to be outside and primp our yard again.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Perfection! My kids would love that fatboy in their play room :) Love the new look!

Robynne's Nest said...

G'day from Oz....love your new set up...and boy, that is some view! Enjoy! Robx

Marcus Design said...

Wow gorgeous new chairs and crazy amazing view!! Love it. And I love the name Dubizzle, that is too funny :)

Hugs to you, happy weekend,
Nancy xo

Vintage Home said...

Ahhhh...I feel restful just looking @ your new improved resting spot!
Great looking chairs& your lantern is soo pretty!
Have a nice weekend...love your view!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Lisa,
I love the new look! It suits the amazing view and your surroundings so! The lantern is the perfect finishing touch!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Lissa Pierce said...

Loving the change. I always seem to do the same thing when I decide on things.....only to figure out something else would have been better. Glad you were able to get it all worked out in the end!

SHERRY HART said...

I think I am on board with the chairs also. Who would want to miss that view!

adesigndiary said...

I think your balcony looks great Lisa...what a gorgeous view...must be fabulous at night!I totally appreciate the fine dust....it seems to really never disappear..indoors or out! You have found the best solution, furniture which can be washed down easily...enjoy your new space.

Meagan said...

Oh those are great chairs - I can imagine drinking a corona with the sun setting! I miss having a patio!
Meagan

Beach Coast Style said...

I like the new look! love that lantern!

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