Suns out, guns out. Spring has sprung, so it's time to wake from hibernation and crawl outside. What this really means is we're no longer confined to our homes, working from the dining room table no more. Hello garden(!).
Those with outside space will cherish the idea of getting fresh air, but, not everyone has a garden or any outside space at all. Let's spare a moment's thought for those unlucky folk.
For city dwellers living in apartments, it's now the perfect time to spruce up your balcony. We pulled together a very quick step-by-step guide in how to turn the outside into a beautiful, calm working environment which doubles up as a relaxation station. In short: Add plants and lighting.
Step 1: Make sure you have the absolute essentials; compost, plant pots, trowel, gloves, plant food. You can source these items from any garden centre. Try to choose terracotta pots as they keep in the humidity which allow the roots to breathe.
Step 2: Choose plants that look after themselves; bunch a few perennial plants together with a creative combination of colours. Adding a touch of colour will brighten your outside space and make it that much easier for work and relaxation.
Step 3: Where will your plants sit? Create a couple arrangements on the floor with differing sized pots and plants. Add hanging baskets to the walls with Bacopa or Petunias. Get creative with your pots - use jam jars, watering cans, old food tins, empty wine bottles. Don't hold back.
Step 4: Depending on the size of the space and the amount of plants you are going to put there, it might be worthwhile opting for a shelf or may be vintage flower pot stand.
Step 5: Lighting. Lighting is key, it can add atmosphere, romance, a magical glow for the late summer evenings. Lights come in many forms; from fairy lights to candles, lanterns to floor lamps.
Go forth and turn your balcony into a space you want to spend time in. Get it ready for Summer.
If you've turned your balcony into an oasis or in the process of doing so, we'd love to see what this looks like, so please tag us in your images on Instagram using our handle @swyft_home.