Ryan Lange and Emily Belden were, by their own admission, “the weird, artsy kids” when they were growing up. Things haven’t changed so much judging from how they decorated their small apartment balcony.
Emily is a writer and doer of creative things. Her husband Ryan does creative things, too, often with a welding torch or a computer-controlled gizmo that cuts stuff. They pretty much earn their living just making very cool stuff. Check out Handmade America to see what we mean.
We wanted to find out what they could do to amp up the teeny-tiny balcony attached to their Chicago apartment. So we signed them up for our Patio Style Challenge. We sent them a patio set and a Home Depot gift card and got out of their way while they did their thing.
All we can say is, wow. We never would have thought of using a skate board deck as raw material for a patio makeover, or that we’d see an airplane motif in outdoor decor. That’s what you get with Ryan and Emily, though. And it’s awesome.
Here now, the coolest apartment balcony in Chicago…
When The Home Depot asked us to be a part of their Patio Style Challenge, we couldn’t believe it. Mostly because it forced us to imagine a time where there wouldn’t be snow on the ground. C’est la vie when living in Chicago, right?
So what exactly did the project include? A sturdy patio set (we selected the color) and some Home Depot gift cards. Other than that, there were no rules. So we went no-holds-barred.
We had one handicap: space. We weren’t outfitting a backyard deck or patio; we were working with our small city balcony.