A small urban balcony is decorated with the Fenton 4-piece Outdoor Set

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Not every outdoor space is a big, lush, grassy backyard, which is why we asked interior designer and native Chicagoan, Alex Kaehler to join our Style Challenge and give her small outdoor space a fresh makeover! We love seeing the way she brought color and style to her small urban balcony.

Living in downtown Chicago, we treasure our outdoor space, but sadly, the little deck off our bedroom has always been ignored. We had a couple chairs to sit out there and read, but no real attention had ever been paid to it. Enter The Home Depot. When we were given this beautiful outdoor lounge set I knew exactly where it would go. It is the perfect spot to sit and read a book, or have girl friends over for cocktails.

With two chairs, an ottoman and a love seat, the Fenton 4-Piece Seating Set provides us with tons of seating for entertaining and lounging. I love the colorful bohemiam vibe we were able to create with the use of the rustic trays, white garden stool, and lush greenery.



A small urban balcony in Chicago gets a lift with new patio furniture and colorful accents


Although it was still freezing outside when we did this patio makeover, we are so excited to use our new beautiful new deck this spring.


A small urban balcony is decorated with wicker patio furniture and colorful throw pillows, and a dog refuses to get out of the shot


Even our dog loves the space (he refused to get out of the pictures)


Wicker patio furniture and colorful pillows on a small urban balcony


With some trees, Christmas lights and champagne you might even forget you’re in the middle of downtown Chicago.


A small urban balcony is ready for entertaining with champagne and grapes ready to be enjoyed


I love how in the dark, you feel like you’re on vacation!


A small urban balcony in Chicago at night


Thank you to Home Depot for making our deck a space that we love! Follow me for more exterior (and interior) design at Things That Sparkle and Alexandra Kaehler Design.


Wicker patio furniture, colorful accents and palm plants dress up a small urban balcony in Chicago


Alex studied design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago and shortly after started her design firm  Alexandra Kaehler Design. Alex married her high school boyfriend six months ago and is loving married life in Chicago. She says she has the best clients and job in the world and feels lucky to wake up every morning loving what she does! For more on Alex’s decorating ideas and tips visit her blog  Things That Sparkle.

To style her urban balcony, Alex used the following Home Depot products:

For more outdoor decorating inspiration, see other Patio Style Challenges as well as our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Alex received the Fenton Seating Set from The Home Depot and a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Alex expressed are her own.


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  1. Eamon says:

    Do you find that the backs of the chairs / love seat are too low? In the pics on Home Depot’s site they appear to be.

    Any chance you have a measurement from your deck to the top of the cushion!?

    Great look btw!

  2. Nancy Ann says:

    Surrounded by ‘inner-cityscapes,’ I’ve found evenings spent on an elevated deck to seem like a bit of an escape from reality. There’s a cozier, more private and intimate feeling with darkness, when lights trail away across the ocean of a city.

    Alex, have you considered installing some sort of small wood-burning fireplace, fire pit or even a charcoal burner? It’s another simple, small-scale project that can be finished inexpensively using recycled, repurposed materials or with items purchased at Home Depot. A tiny, glowing fire creates a circle of light, produces warmth on cool evenings, as well as the aroma of woodsmoke—all reminiscent of friends sitting around a campfire out in the woods. The bonus? You’re set to grill a ribeye or brat and burn a marshmallow for dessert.

    Also wonder if you’ve thought about covering or disguising the metal deck rails for a natural appearance, a windbreak and added privacy. Bamboo or willow fencing is fairly cheap and can be quickly wired to the rails. Willow, grapevine or any flexible, durable material could easily be woven horizontally through the uprights, along with strings of miniature LED lights, of course.

    The fabric on the large sofa pillow is a great choice. It softens the whole look. I assume that was your own selection or creation and not part of the furniture set.

    Obviously your photo-bombing dog is firmly seated on his own turf and wondering what the commotion is all about. He looks positively indignant at the infringement upon his personal space! Good Boy…

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  5. I really need to find a outside Electric Grill with about 200-400 sq. ft. cooking area. I definily have a desire for the grill to have Lava Rock or Something that provides the OUTDOOR FLAVORING!!