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5 Simple Yet Relaxing Outdoor Areas

Discover easy tricks to spruce up your balcony or lanai

Photography: Mitch Mauricio and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photos)

We've seen over a hundred different outdoor nooks—from balconies with elaborate gardens to lush lanais and vibrant verandas. These spaces are often furnished with seating pieces and other accessories to make it extra cozy, but do remember that you don't always have to fill it with furniture to make it a snug spot.

To inspire you to work on a quick outdoor upgrade, here are five spaces that prove less is definitely more:

1. Pick colorful loungers.

In this Modern Filipiniana-inspired two-storey home owned by Paula Peralejo-Fernandez and her husband Charlie, a tiny nook in the garden features colorful loungers to showcase a seaside theme that Paula loves. Take inspiration from this setup by working with affordable yet quirky pieces to liven up even a small outdoor spot. Aside from wooden loungers, you can work with colorful Monobloc chairs paired with a sleek coffee table to hold drinks and books.

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2. Choose foldable must-haves.

In actress Lotlot de Leon's condo unit, the balcony offers a view of the city and the refreshing sight of a few plants. To keep up with the theme of the house, wooden furniture were added to create an inviting area. These pieces are also foldable and can be moved easily given the limited space.

For your own balcony, you may want to work with chairs and tables that you can easily keep and move so you can best maximize the available space. If you have a garden, you can simply fold the chairs when you need to water or repot your plants. At the same time, you can easily set the table when you're expecting guests.

READ: Expert Advice: 3 Furniture Space-Saving Tricks for Small Units

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3. Say bye bye to stress with a trusty hammock.

Those who have the luxury of a backyard or garden with trees can do away with the usual pieces by hanging a hammock—similar to what the Catilos did in their garden. Keep it inviting by adding a few fluffy pillows and a throw. Just remember to bring everything inside—especially when the weather is unpredictable.

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4. Work with old pieces of furniture.

More often than not, many homeowners still keep old pieces of furniture in the storage room—with plans of passing it down to the younger ones or restoring it for future use. If you have a couple of items lying around the house, gather them and see which ones can withstand harsh weather conditions. Work with a bench and a table to create an extra dining space or you can also have two chairs and a small table to achieve a cozy reading nook under a tree.

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5. Repurpose thrift store finds.

Those fond of visiting secondhand shops and garage sales can look for benches, a vintage table, and even a barstool. These finds do not cost much and would be enough to bring your balcony to life. Complete the space with succulents and two potted plants. You can also place a cabinet here where you can keep some of your belongings and shoes.

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PHOTOS: Dairy Darilag | Mitch Mauricio | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | Miguel Nacianceno | Rene Mejia.

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