By adding a picnic-style table and a curtain for privacy, designer Christine Philp turns the bare balcony into a comfortable place for family.
Display plants on a cubby-style shelf. It can double as a buffet table during dinner parties.
Semi-opaque curtains make the balcony more private while letting in light. Outdoor curtains are
A chandelier made of Mason jars is a charming touch. To make your own, just fill jars with sand and place a tea candle in each.
Use benches instead of chairs. Benches provide plenty of room for people to sit without the clutter of individual chairs.
An indoor-outdoor rug comes in handy around children and pets. It’s easy to clean and resistant to mold, mildew, sun and water.
Philp, of Palindrome Design (202-361-9209, www.palindromedesign.net), is based in Alexandria.
Furniture: Cedarwood backless garden benches in white ($150 each, www.amazon.com); bench cubbie made from recycled materials by WaynesWoodworking ($160, www.etsy.com); stainless-steel patio table ($125, www.amazon.com).
Lighting: Antique lights Mason jar chandelier by TreasureAgain ($125, www.etsy.com).
Accessories: Outdoor curtain panels in orange and white (price varies according to size, www.improvementscatalog.com); indoor-outdoor Bimini terra cotta rug ($63 for 5-by-7-feet, www.overstock.com); Vallarta stripe table runner ($60, www.potterybarn.com); Room Essentials dining cushion set in orange ($25, www.target.com); Carlisle tablecloth ($33, www.instawares.com); Tropix shatterproof wine goblets ($16 for four) and Bird Brain Arani firepot ($38), both from www.amazon.com.