Ikea Hack: Balcony Herb Garden

When you live in a city, space is at a premium. I suppose Angelenos might have a little more space to move around than our Yankee friends, but we all have to work with what we’ve got, until we move to the valley and trade in our balconies and hip corner bars for patches of grass and dirty liquor stores.  Ahhh, The American Dream! So until I till my own land and tend to the rabbits, I cooked up this little Ikea hack and planted a luscious balcony garden! Say goodbye to herbs slowly rotting away in their produce bags. Yes, I am now the proud owner of a thriving herb and lime colony!  I’ve got herb-y salads and sauces on repeat around here. And it makes such a happy cocktail spot! Our lime tree has yet to produce a lime, but you bet your buttons that when it does I’m having you over for margaritas!

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This project will cost around $50 for the herb wall and around $100 if you want to spring for the dwarf citrus tree.  Here’s a shopping list!

Home Depot:

1. A handsome trellis ($15)

2. Plastic rectangular planter ($10)

3. Potting soil ($4)

4. Dwarf citrus tree. ($25)

Ikea:

1. condiment stand ($16.99)

2. flatware caddies ($6.99)

3. s-hooks for ($0.99) (If I was feeling more ambitious I would have sprayed the hooks black but I’ll leave that up to you!)

4. Plant pot ($19.99)

Trader Joe’s:

1. Potted herbs ($14) I used Dill, Basil, Lemon Verbena, Mint & Cilantro.

(Update:  I eaten and/or killed most of the plants featured in this post.)

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Snag The Look

If you saw last Friday’s post you might be wondering if I made a boo boo and posted the same thing. No! And, yes! I’ve had this entry swimming around in my head for days! (weeks? months?) It hails from The Meyerhoffer Residence in La Canada,CA and it is to die for! Such a beautiful use of materials and color. After muddling over how to have the same feeling in my own home, I couldn’t help but compile a Snag the Look! A couple liberties were taken for budget and feasibility sake, like swapping out wood paneling for grasscloth wallpaper, but other than that, I’d say it’s a dead ringer! Feel free to redecorate!

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Door Color: Benjamin Moore Outrageous Orange / Grass Cloth / Ceramic Floor Tiles / Ceiling Fixture / Brush Paint Art / Foo Dog / Brass Mushroom (Floor) Lamp / Teak Root Console / Silk Rug (great deal!)

If you are more of a DIYer and/ or are short on dough, here are some alternatives to pricier items listed above!

1. DIY Sputnik Chandelier on Little Green Notebook

2. DIY an abstract brush painting by purchasing a large canvas and grabbing yourself some black and white acrylic paints and a large brush!

3. Etsy Mushroom Lamps especially love this one!

4. Teak Root Side Table or Teak Root Cube. Maybe gate a couple and have a glass top made for them?