How to Turn Your Balcony Into a Private Sanctuary


The 21st century city girl works hard and plays hard. Because of this, she needs a spot to unwind, relax and gather her thoughts at the end of the daily grind. What better place to do that than the balcony of her urban apartment. A little decor and a few necessities can turn any balcony into a sanctuary fit for a queen.

How to Turn Your Balcony Into a Private Sanctuary

What I did with my balcony. You can do it too – it’s easy!

Here’s a step-by-step account (with photos and links) of how, in one weekend, I transformed the ugliest room in my apartment into the my favorite place to hang out:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. It can be hard to find some privacy if you live in the city. I really like your tip about using lots of green on your balcony like faux ivy screens. It can be really nice to have a space to unwind after work. I’ll have to remember your tips if I ever move to the city and have a balcony. Thanks.

  2. Are you doing this as a side job?? You can definitely do my balcony! 😀

  3. Love the new balcony decor…it’s super creative to take an urban space and transform it into your own mini outdoor oasis. When I get my first apartment, I’ll definitely keep this in mind. (And share with my NYC friends!)

  4. Christine Muchoe

    I’m so jealous! It looks amazing, especially with the lights. I wish I had a balcony to do this with!

  5. …or you could just move to LA and have a backyard for the same $$. Just sayin’, honey. 😉

    • Gabrielle Williams

      Who wouldn’t want to have that option open? 🙂

  6. wow, that’s so cool! i never pictured a balcony in NYC with so much greenery. Low maintenance too. I may have to find someone on taskrabbit to hook that up. Summer party, here we come!

  7. Gorgeous! Please publish more DIY articles. I love how you link to where we can buy each thing you used, too. Makes it so much easier!

  8. OMG you are so talented! I love the before and after – such a difference! I’m going to share this with my friends who have balconies and order some new cushions for my patio furniture ASAP. (Love the fabric you chose and those cushions look super high-end).

  9. Gabrielle Williams

    Fantastic transformation, Hilary! Thank you very much for sharing your ideas!

    There are also some areas in my house that I would like to change or improve but most of the time, I’m having a hard time, I don’t know where and how to start.

  10. This is amazing, Hilary! You make it sound so easy as well. I’m certain we won’t have a difficult time doing this DIY project. I have some areas around the house I want to improve as well. Thanks for the ideas 😀

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