Creating an Urban Oasis with Cost Plus World Market

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When we moved to a bigger home two years ago I wasn’t sure how to decorate our front balcony, but Charles had a pretty clear idea. He wanted a two-person hammock, and although I wasn’t immediately sold on the idea, I was willing to give it a go for a year. And of course, I spent hours in that hammock last year – writing, napping, reading, sipping on wine. It turns out that having a hammock in a spot with a solid WiFi connect is a glorious thing.

We purchased the hammock and its stand from Cost Plus World Market. It’s the first place I shop for furniture and home décor. I bought our side table and dining room table from World Market, in addition to plates, glasses, and props for photography. Their products are both affordable but high quality. This year, knowing that the hammock was on the balcony for good, I wanted to see how I could transform the somewhat cold and unwelcoming space into an Urban Oasis. I turned to my friends at Cost Plus World Market we teamed up to make my urban oasis balcony dream come true.

World Market Urban Oasis Before and After

The first order of business was to add some lighting. Even though the balcony has to lantern lamps, it was too dark to hang out there after the sun set. I chose to hang two strands of Clear Bulb String Lights from the roof of the balcony, and then I hung Multicolor Rattan Orb Lights around the doorway. The lighting adds personality, romance, and a little pop of color to the space.

Next I needed to do something about the concrete floor. Not only was it always cold, it wasn’t very attractive either. The solution was easy, I purchased the Yellow Citron Gabriella Reversible Floor Mat. Several different designs are available in different sizes and it completely transformed the space. The floor mat is made of a material that won’t get wet, and can handle unpredictable weather, so I can leave it out on the balcony all summer without needing to worry about it.

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Then I needed to give some life to the space by adding flowers. I chose Small Green Geometric Planters that are light so they can easily be moved inside. When you live in Chicago, this is very important since it can literally be 65 and sunny one day and snowing the next. When the temperatures do drop I just move the plants indoors so they don’t succumb to the cold.

The last step was to hang the hammock. It easily rolls up so it can be stored inside during colder months, and it can be put away on rainy days too. The hammock hangs up easily; it’s a one-person task and it takes about 30 seconds.

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Now I am loving the bright colorful space. While it once felt lifeless and unwelcoming now it feels cozy and inviting. The balcony is ready for summer… and I am very eagerly awaiting some warmer temperatures. There is absolutely nothing better than taking a hammock nap on a warm sunny day, and the Chicago wind has a way of swaying the hammock perfectly.

Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post, and for understanding when I needed to push back the deadline when it decided to snow in April in Chicago.

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  • This turned about amazing! And ANY TIME you need a cocktail taste tester on a gorgeous summer day, I’d be happy to help you out while hangin on this hammock 😉
    PS. Your photog skills are on LSL today! You’re the best!
    xoxo,
    Lauren | http://www.lakeshorelady.com/

    • Thank you!!! And I love the Santa Monica post over on your site today!

  • So cute!! Can’t wait to come hang out here!!

  • omg, KIT! This looks incredible! Loveeeee World Market!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

    • I am obsessed with World Market! Lots of our furniture is from there.

  • CharminglyStyled

    We’re gonna hang out there ALL summer long! Love this! <3

  • Kelly Gellner

    Love this! I’m kind of obsessed with World Market 🙂

    • It’s the best! Isn’t it? Everyone assumes our dining room table was super expensive, but it’s World Market and I LOVE it!

  • Ummm totally obsessed with Cost World Market! This is perfect for the warm weather!

    • thekittchen

      Thanks Jenn! I know, World Market is the best!

  • That is a huge balcony!! Love it. I really like the carpet idea outside, will have to give that a try at our next place.

    • thekittchen

      I am loving the carpet outside. It makes a big difference, and it was so affordable!

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