It’s my second year living full-time in Maine, and though my partner and I moved here in part for more outdoor space—and though our apartment has a generous wooden porch surrounded, in summer, by a canopy of green—somehow I let the first year go by without doing anything to it. By the time this spring rolled around, the porch was in rough shape: Winter had taken its toll, the few pots I’d left outside had cracked and broken in the cold (rookie mistake), and one corner had become storage for anything we didn’t want inside (disused chairs, bags of potting soil). A shame when you consider that the porch accounts for about one eighth of our entire apartment.
This month, I decided to make good on my plans to be outside as much as possible, but to do it, the porch needed some attention. With a furnishings budget of $550, hand-me-down and shopped-from-around-the-house finds, and a few details from favorite local gems, the porch is now where I have my coffee in the morning, work in the afternoons, and read with a glass of wine before the sun goes down. Plus, most everything’s easily packed up and moved when cold weather rolls around again.
The other new addition was the lounge furniture. I wanted a comfortable, thick-cushioned spot that was also lightweight, modular, and portable—a tricky combination to find on a budget. I ended up going with a Black Aluminum Outdoor Corner Seat and Black Aluminum Outdoor Ottoman, both sourced via Overstock. They’re sturdy but light—crucial for carrying down the two flights of stairs to the basement in cold weather. Total: $460. The cushions are from H&M Home.
For more small gardens and outdoor spots, see:
- Spring in Windsor Terrace: My Little Garden Wakes Up
- Small Space Gardening: 7 Tiny City Landscapes
- The Cult of the Courtyard: 10 Backyard Ideas for Small Spaces
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