Friday Fun: Who wants to read on the balcony?

Many of you have complained that reading outdoors has its downsides: creepy crawlies, hayfever, too much glare from the sun, the heat… So how about these balconies for a tolerable compromise? I should add that it’s a shame that not very many British homes have usable balconies, possibly because the weather is not that conducive to sitting outside to read and write… or else developers are trying to cut down on costs.

Not all balconies are strong enough to take large container plants, but when they do, the results are gorgeous. From shakemyblog.fr
Great to socialise, although I would demand plenty of quiet time for just me and my cat to read here, from Home Art Mania.
Some balconies are really an extra room, especially with such a dreamy view. From Home Art Mania.
Tropical look is what I adore, and this Brazilian designer is truly fantastic: IvaniKuboPaisagismo.br
It doesn’t have to be huge, as this inside/outside space in Paris demonstrates, from Gardenweb.com.
Even if there is no room to actually sit on the balcony, this charming flower arrangement is worth it. From Design Cafe.

Friday Fun: Just Sitting and Watching the World Go By

I admitted in my Inside and Out book tag that I don’t actually read all that much outdoors. However, if I had a beautiful porch, deck, terrace, balcony or whatever you choose to call it, that would be my favourite indoor/outdoor compromise for reading. (In fact, that’s exactly what I did back in the days when I visited family in Greece. Saved me having to listen to hours of gossip about people I didn’t know!) If you also add in a fabulous view… well, my inspiration might know no bounds.

A little read, a little chat, drinks at sunset. American mountain cabin, from weheartit.com

Modest balcony overlooking the St Croix river, Keller Architecture, George Heinrich photo.

Mountain lakes are my favourites to look at, not necessarily to swim in. From Georgiana Design on Tumblr.

A less basic seating experience, from Annahepfer.com

Coming back to Greece and my favourite island, Santorini. I really need to go back there soon, although probably not in such luxury, from Insider.com

Friday Fun: Balcony Railings

I know this may not seem like the most absorbing topic in the world, but if I were an architect, I could write a book about balcony railings. They never cease to fascinate me. Sadly, most of them nowadays are quite boring – in fact, there is a shortage of balconies in general!

Well, we all know the French are masters of the beautiful wrought iron balconies, from Instagram.
Very different style – the American wooden beach house balconies. From justcallmegrace.tumblr.com
American northern style is very different – and can tell a whole story, from Lez Get Ideas.
Rough-hewn rustic look – or an imitation thereof, from Mountain Laurel Handrails.
Small is beautiful, but check out the heads in the corner, from Musafir.
For those of you who have an excess of green fingers, from nurserylive.com
Gorgeous Art Nouveau villa and balcony in Torino, from Flickr.
Last but not least, my favourite balcony of them all, from the Chateau de Voltaire in Ferney. Perhaps not as decorative as the others, but newly renovated and now bright pink, Voltaire’s study and its balcony have an incredible view over Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc and the Alps.