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A Summer Tour of the Balcony Part One – Ξενάγηση του Μπαλκονιού  Πρώτο Μέρος

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I have been busy this past month cleaning out the balcony and DIYing all sorts of little projects to make it functional and beautiful. Finally I am ready to show  you what it all looks like put together. And so here is a tour of the balcony, part one.  Because it is way too big to show you in one sitting. 

To see Part Two of the Balcony tour simply click here. 

Ήμουν απασχολημένη τον προηγούμενο μήνα με τον καθαρισμό του μπαλκονιού  και εφτιαχνα  μικρά έργα ώστε να είναι λειτουργικό και όμορφο το μπαλκονι.  Επιτέλους,  είμαι έτοιμη να σας το δείξω.  Ξεκινάμε με την ξενάγηση του  μπαλκονιού,  πρώτο μέρος. Επειδή είναι πάρα πολύ μεγάλο για να σας το δείξω σε μία ανάρτηση.

fruits and flowers on the table. A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
In the past few years the balcony has gone through some changes.  We live in a house that is on a major street, so during the day there is a lot of noise and the houses are also pretty close to each other. In order to combat this we installed a piece of plywood  to act as a screen.  It blocks the view from across the street and cuts down on the noise.  You can see our first attempt below and the details here

Στη διάρκεια των τελευταίων ετών έχουν γίνει κάποιες αλλαγές στο μπαλκόνι. Ζούμε σε ένα σπίτι που βρίσκεται σε ένα μεγάλο δρόμο, υπάρχει ένα πολύς θόρυβος και τα σπίτια είναι πολύ κοντά το ένα με το άλλο. Προκειμένου να βρούμε λύση βάλαμε ένα κομμάτι κόντρα πλακέ. Μειώνει το θόρυβο και μας δίνει σκιά. Μπορείτε να δείτε την πρώτη  προσπάθεια μας παρακάτω και τις λεπτομέρειες εδώ.

The balcony one year ago, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
It was a good solution but we felt we needed more, because let’s face it that flimsy bamboo fence was not doing the trick. We added two more plywood pieces. I covered them with vinyl. They create an outdoor room. And I get to use them as a backdrop for photographing my projects.

Ήταν μια καλή λύση, αλλά χρειαζόμασταν περισσότερο, γιατί ας το παραδεχτούμε ο μπαμπού φράχτης δεν ηταν αρκετός. Προσθέσαμε δύο ακόμα κομμάτια κόντρα πλακέ. Τους καλύψαμε με βινύλιο.  Δημιουργούν έναν υπαίθριο χώρο. Και τα χρησιμοποιώ ως φόντο για να φωτογραφίζω τα έργα μου.

Adding two more screens, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
At one end of the balcony, we have some tall plants that will not die despite my best efforts.  I added an umbrella there to keep the sun and heat to a minimum. The repurposed milk crate as stool is in the front. To see what this corner looked like last year click here

Στη μία άκρη του μπαλκονιού, έχουμε κάποια ψηλά φυτά που δεν πεθαίνουν παρά τις προσπάθειές μου. Πρόσθεσα μια ομπρέλα εκεί για να κρατήσει τον ήλιο και τη θερμότητα στο ελάχιστο. Το κιβώτιο γάλατος που έγινε σκαμνί ειναι στο μπροστινό μέρος. Για να δείτε πώς έμοιαζε αυτή η γωνιά πέρυσι κάντε κλικ εδώ.

A corner of the balcony, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
I have placed my  repurposed nautical lantern on top of a planter. I killed off the plant so why not use it this way. And I carry over the idea of the rocks onto the other planter. The blue fabric you see behind is actually a shower curtain that I’ve  put there to cut down on that glaring sun. 

Έχω τοποθετήσει το  ναυτικό φανάρι μου πάνω σε μια γλάστρα. Σκότωσα το φυτό, οπότε γιατί να μην το χρησιμοποιήσω έτσι. Και κουβαλάω την ιδέα των πετρών στην άλλη γλάστρα. Η κουρτίνα ειναι εκεί για να μειώσει τη ζεστασιά του ήλιου.

Pots used to hold Nautical lantern, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Rocks in a planter, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Hanging from the umbrella is the versatile saucer that holds tealights, it was originally a grill part.

Κρέμεται από την ομπρέλα o δίσκος που κρατά ρεσώ, ήταν αρχικά ένα κομμάτι της σχάρας.

The hanging saucer for tealights, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
The white metal table has a set of chairs which I’ve covered in the same fabric as the balcony screen.

Το λευκό μεταλλικό τραπέζι έχει καρέκλες που έχω καλύψει με το ίδιο ύφασμα που  έβαλα στο κόντρα πλακέ.

Screen and matching chairs, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Dried flowers in a basket, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
A table and two chairs, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Basket with cans and jars, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Here you see the corner with the sun shining brightly.  The glass doors are pretty but not at all practical since they act like a hothouse in the summer. The  great thing about the balcony is that there is usually a breeze so that really helps us to stay cool.

Εδώ μπορείτε να δείτε τη γωνία, με τον ήλιο να λάμπει έντονα. Οι γυάλινες πόρτες είναι όμορφες, αλλά δεν είναι καθόλου πρακτικές αφού δρουν σαν ένα θερμοκήπιο το καλοκαίρι. Το καλό με το μπαλκόνι είναι ότι υπάρχει συνήθως ένα αεράκι.

The corner with the glass doors, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
This olive oil barrel which was redone last year serves as a side table. 

Το βαρέλι λαδιού που ανανεώθηκε πέρσι χρησιμεύει ως ένα βοηθητικό τραπεζάκι.

Olive oil Barrel as a side table, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
The daybed is actually a folding cot. I simply covered it with a duvet and secured one end on the window sill with a piece of wood folded under the fabric. 

Το κρεβάτι είναι στην πραγματικότητα ένα πτυσσόμενο κρεβατάκι. Το κάλυψα με παπλωματοθήκη.

A day bed, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Duvet cover and pillows, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Drift wood, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Of course we need to have lots of pretty colorful pillows to put us in the summer mood. 

Φυσικά πρέπει να έχουμε πολλά όμορφα πολύχρωμα μαξιλάρια για καλοκαιρινή διάθεση.

Closeup of pillows, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Looking down the length of the balcony you can see the bay and mountains on the other side. 

Κοιτάζοντας προς τα κάτω μέρος του μπαλκονιού μπορείτε να δείτε τον κόλπο και τα βουνά από την άλλη πλευρά.

The length of the balcony, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Who is going to notice my dead plants when I have a view like that?

Ποιος θα παρατηρήσετε τα νεκρά φυτά μου, όταν έχω τετοια θέα;

Dead plants and a view, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
Here is my  milkcrate table all dressed up for summer. 

Εδώ το τραπεζάκι από κιβώτια γάλατος ντυμένο για το καλοκαίρι.

A Milk crates used as a table, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
A lantern and a flower vase, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
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Knicknacks on the table, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
The cherry plums are from the farm and look really great next to the flowers.

Τα κορόμηλα είναι από το αγρόκτημα και φαίνονται υπέροχα δίπλα στα λουλούδια.

Cherry plums and flowers on the table, A Tour of the Balcony, Part 1
I was able to create a fun and pretty balcony with just things found in the basement. One thing that I did not mention is that my balcony wraps around three sides of the house.  Next  time I’ll show you the rest and some more spectacular views .  I hope that you have enjoyed the Summer tour of the balcony.  What was your favorite part?

To see Part Two of the Balcony tour simply click here. 

Δημιούργησα ένα διασκεδαστικό και όμορφο μπαλκόνι με απλά πράγματα που βρέθηκαν στο υπόγειο. Κάτι που δεν ανέφερα είναι ότι το μπαλκόνι συνεχίζεται στις τρεις πλευρές του σπιτιού. Την επόμενη φορά θα σας δείξω το υπόλοιπο με εκπληκτική θέα. Ελπίζω ότι έχετε απολαύσει τη ξενάγηση του μπαλκονιού. Ποιο ήταν το αγαπημένο σας κομμάτι;

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Saturday 15th of June 2019

Your patio looks so inviting. I love all of the little touches and the pops of color. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.


Saturday 29th of June 2019

Thank you Rhonda for hosting each week.


Sunday 3rd of July 2016

Hi Mary! Love your display with the plums! They look so good! Also like the way you are blocking the sun with that round umbrella. I can imagine the Greek sun is about as strong (or maybe stronger) than the summer sun in Alabama. Seems like it was dryer though, and not as miserable & humid as we get here. Anyway, back to your porch...I love the little white table. You are lucky to have such a big porch & have a water view too. Lovely! I think I'm like you about the plants. Used to have a green thumb, but now I don't care if they die or not!


Monday 4th of July 2016

Florence in this particular area it is a dry heat. But the sun is so bright that it is absolutely blinding. At least to these poor eyes. As for the green thumb! I have to agree with you. I throw some water at them and hope for the best.


Monday 4th of July 2016

This is so lovely and comfortable, it looks like the perfect place to have iced tea and a chat in the evenings. I have only been to Greece von Holiday, I always asked myself what it would be like to live there. I love how you show a slice of life. Do you enjoy those large windows in Winter though?


Monday 4th of July 2016

Thank you Dalia. We like to eat outdoors during the summe months. It is especially a pleasure in the morning and the evening. As for those windows and the winter, yes we do enjoy them to let the light in but I think that the architect should have put the living room facing the bay where the water is. Right now, all we see from the living room is the neighbors balcony across the street.

Lynn Spencer

Monday 4th of July 2016

Good Morning Mary...What a great porch! But I can only imagine the heat you have to deal with and I am in awe of your ingenuity to deal wit that problem. I do have to say that the photo with the cherry plums and the flowers is just really lovely...the colors are carried through so lovely. Enjoy your Grecian summer day! Hugs, Lynn


Monday 4th of July 2016

Thank you L ynn. I sit here typing to you with a bottle of water next to me trying to recover from this heat. Thank goodness we have a breeze up here. I hope you are also enjoying your vacation.

Jackie Smith

Monday 4th of July 2016

Great ideas, Mary. We are back in the Pacific Northwest and have turned our attention to our well-used, but somewhat neglected back deck. I am spray painting flower pots and covering pillows this week. . .you've inspired me to keep it up even if the forecast calls for cooler than normal temperatures and sprinkles!


Monday 4th of July 2016

There ya go Jackie. You cannot neglect your other home. A few strategic changes will lift your mood immediately. I amalso very happy with my colorful pillows.

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