Al Fresco in the East Village

In the East Village apartments at EVGB, outdoor space is creative space. Having your own private balcony adds another dimension to your home, and gives you an opportunity to explore the decorative possibilities of what will become your favorite place to unwind all spring and summer long.

Your balcony can be a place to enjoy being outside in complete privacy — somewhere to read, draw, think, meditate, do some yoga, or just soak in the sun. It can also be a place for entertaining friends, eating and drinking, or even working. And, of course, it can provide the perfect romantic setting for date night.

To make it elegant, head to Safavieh where you will find a selection of indoor/outdoor rugs that will create a feeling of interior coziness out in the fresh air. Pair the weather-resistant Bermuda Rug with pieces from the Ozark outdoor living set, which includes chairs, a loveseat, and a coffee table, with designs inspired by English outdoor furniture.

For a modernist touch, Design Within Reach features the Sculptura bench, an outdoor piece that truly lives up to its name by being both invitingly functional and a work of art. Having a piece like this is the first step toward taking your balcony space beyond comfort, and making it a creative expression of your design sense, as well as your ideal place to relax and play. You can create a balcony garden with plants from the Artisan Touch collection at EVFlorist and cultivate your own private patch of green. These pre-arranged pottings of succulents, cactuses, and other hardy plants will transform your balcony space into a place to commune with nature and bring the verdancy of the warmer seasons into your East Village apartment.

Nothing says East Village like vintage chic, especially when it comes to creating an outdoor space with a playful atmosphere that is perfect for entertaining. At Odd Eye, you can find unusual pieces like a set of Giotto Stoppino red nesting tables that can be unstacked to accommodate a growing number of guests at an impromptu dinner party, or left stacked to make room for everything you need — including a refreshing Aperol Spritz — during an afternoon of reading and listening to music in the summer sun.

At Lancelotti Housewares you will find a selection of lighting perfect for keeping the summertime fun going after dark. For the perfect midsummer mood, set the night aglow with their selection of Votivo Candles, so that your sanctuary in the city will be complete.