Do you have a place where you pile all your junk, close the door, and pretend it's all disappeared? For me, that place
is was my balcony. Last month I looked at our balcony from the outside and thought The HOA could probably fine me for that mess. It was piled high with tools, littered with remnants from old spray painting projects, and topped with towels hung out to dry and then forgotten. The flowerpots had nothing growing in them but weeds, and the string lights were too far from the outlet to plug in. Classy!
A thorough cleaning, freshly planted petunias, hand-sewn bunting and chair cushions, and a splurge--a Safavieh rug--make a huge difference. I can't do anything about the air conditioning unit on the balcony, I'm afraid, and the varnish stains under the table are sadly permanent. But now when I drive home, I look forward to relaxing outside after work with a book and glass of wine. And I'm not dreading an assessment from the HOA anymore. I considered spray painting the chairs, but I couldn't commit to a color. What do you think?
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