the summer balcony

Apart from going to the beach or having a grill party in one of Oslo’s many parks, an easy way to escape the uncomfortably warm confines of your living room is airing it out at your apartment’s balcony, where on your lucky hour of the day, you can get some sun, cooled off by the wind blowing against your slowly baking skin.

We decided to prep up our balcony with a table set in refreshingly cool lime. It’s actually a take-off from the color of our living room’s accents – that translucent green orb lamp for the dining table, or those throw pillow cases in green with curlicue prints in black, or that solitary lime candle sitting on the side table.


The table and the lantern have a rustic look, evoking images of a cozy countryside cabin.


We also bought two new pots (for third of the price from the flowershop where I work at) in grey, where I planted these beautiful asters in purple. I got them for 200 kroner (25 Euros = 17 GBP = 33 USD) for 10 pots, quite a discount considering that some potted flowers are priced 60 kroner each.

I think our little project turned out well, and we’re looking forward to spending languid afternoons or weekend breakfasts in it this summer.

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3 Responses to “the summer balcony”


  1. 1 Chase June 11, 2007 at 11:26 am

    That looks nice. It has this shabby chic feeling to it!

  2. 2 Dazed and Confused June 11, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Reading your post reminded me of the summers I spent in Europe. In Amsterdam, when the sun was up, we’d automatically drive to Zandvoort and join the crowds as they sunbathed. Or in Barcelona, we’d go to the cafe outside my Tita’s house and just spend the afternoon there.

    Gosh, I miss the European summers. And i’m glad to see you’re enjoying your first Scandinavian summer.

  3. 3 Mark June 14, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks, Chase! How’s your own home-decorating going? :)

    Ah, those summers you spent in Europe seemed postcard-perfect and lovely. Thanks for visiting, Les! This is actually my second summer spent here in Norway. I came here in the summertime last year. :)


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