Stuff We Love
The Best Patio and Outdoor Decor for Summer 2019
Outdoor decor can really warm up your patio space—without heavy lifting or a huge investment. Check out our favorite picks!
Glass Jar with Metal Lid
Our inner Joanna Gaines does a happy dance anytime we see an empty jar. Fill it with decorative wicker balls and place it on your outdoor side table, or stack up your favorite cookies and treat your outdoor party guests to a treat. Either way, you’ll continue to find fun uses for this glass jar ($14).
Black Striped Kitchen Towels
We are obsessed with these minimalist kitchen towels from World Market ($4). They’re timeless, they’re affordable and they’ll still look classy with a side of barbecue sauce. Hang them on the grill, the oven, or your collar and enjoy your favorite BBQ fixings.
This simple white runner ($73) will look great draped across your favorite outdoor table, whether it’s a small centerpiece that ties together your patio set, or a picnic table at your local park. It pops against most backgrounds, and—thankfully—it’s completely machine washable.
Has there ever been a successful outdoor party that didn’t have string lights? Probably, but we’re confident this set of Edison-style string lights ($20 and up) will brighten your next bash.
While your creative wheels are spinning, check out our fun tiki party ideas.
Metal Milk Jug
This decorative metal milk jug ($17) is great for those with green thumbs who could plant an elegant outdoor tree, and equally wonderful for those of us who struggle enough with keeping fake plants alive. Store plastic plants, decorative twigs or grill tools in this multi-use, rustic-chic metal jug.
No outdoor decor is complete without a set of stylish pillows. We love this style from Pier 1—these aqua Maui pillows ($30) are mold- and mildew-resistant, plus they come in cushions and large pillows in case you fall in love with the entire set (which, to be honest, we wouldn’t blame you).
Need more inspiration? Check out the best patio furniture you need in your backyard.
Ceramic Egg Planter
Could this color be any more gorgeous? We love this textured planter from Home Depot ($40), which we can already envision filling with herbs, tomatoes or sunflowers. Or, honestly, all three, since we’ll inevitably end up impulse buying three of these planters.
White Ceramic Jug
This white jug ($13) is an ideal centerpiece for your outdoor decor. It’s perfect for housing a fresh bunch of flowers from the garden, or a crisp handful of plucked plastic flowers from the store. Either way, it’s a gorgeous addition to any patio, and a must-have for the outdoor entertainer.
If you’re hosting an outdoor party that will extend past dusk, or you enjoy relaxing on your patio as the sun goes down, these metal lanterns from Pier 1 ($13 and up) are perfect. Arrange them on the table and enjoy their gentle glow as you listen to the crickets or conversation.
Round Wooden Decorative Bowl
Picture the possibilities you have with a decorative wooden bowl sitting in the center of your outdoor table! Fill it with air plants, citrus, stones or gourds—leave your unique imprint on this wooden bowl ($30) and your patio will thank you for it.
Pitchers are cool, and they belong on your porch—especially when they include terra cotta bases, iron handles and a painted white finish. Use this set ($60 and up) as an elegant centerpiece at your next backyard barbecue, or keep them on the porch as an eye-catching piece of decor.
Striped Cement Planter
Our dream patio would be lined with planters of all sizes and colors, filled to the brim with our favorite outdoor plants and vegetables. This small planter from Jo-Ann is only $6 on sale, and it’s perfect for your favorite herb or succulent that deserves lots of sun.
An elegant set of outdoor candles ($15 and up) can go a long way toward improving your summer nights. This set of LED candles is made from faux wax, so they look just like real candles, but without the fire hazard and limited life span.
Rugs always bring the room together, and your patio is no exception. Pick a large rug with a timeless pattern, like this handwoven rug ($203). Go for a pattern that matches your outdoor furniture—or, if you’re like us, and your cushions change with the season, pick a classic combo that will outlast the changes.
This wooden tray ($37) is ideal for displaying your favorite tabletop decor items, from candles to succulents to ceramic animals. The rustic wood look means it will match your wood or wicker furniture, while the smooth finish will make it a breeze to clean (or wipe down after rain).
Windmill Wall Hanging
This white metal rustic windmill ($50) is a perfect addition to any farmhouse-inspired patio. Nail it to your exterior wall and it will become one of your favorite conversation pieces as you entertain guests al fresco.
Fan of farmhouse decor? We’ve got you covered with our favorite farmhouse decor picks.
Fan of funky patterns? We are, too—we especially love loud and colorful patterns in the summer. This set of geo diamond print pillows from Target ($30) hit that bright and summery spot and we love every second of it.
Snuggle up on your favorite pair of outdoor pillows and enjoy an easy weeknight dinner on your beautifully decorated patio.
No outdoor sanctuary is complete with just one pillow. Mix up your outdoor cushions and invest in various shapes and sizes that will keep your guests comfy all evening. We love this lumbar pillow ($37), which comes in a fun rectangular shape, but provides much-needed TLC to our lower backs.
You’ve got word art in just about every room of your house—why should your patio be any different? We can already picture this fun planter ($5) holding a colorful summer flower (one that pops against the gray pot).
Woven materials are another great outdoor staple that pair well with most furniture, whether made from wood, wicker or metal. House one of your planters and herb gardens in this thrifty woven basket ($5), or use it to hold a collection of balls to toss around when kids come to visit.
Metal Planter Set
This elegant set of three planters ($109) doubles as a great way to grow your favorite plants and as a gorgeous centerpiece for your entire outdoor decor collection. Keep them together in a set of three, or spread them out in your space, tied together by their contents.
If you plant basil this season, consider these easy ways to use all that fresh basil from your crop.
The square shape and low profile of this concrete planter ($10) makes it ideal for planting succulents and bringing interest to your planter collection. What’s more, you can use an empty one (or two) for holding silverware or napkins at your next patio party.
Coral Outdoor Pillow
Every outdoor furniture set needs a star—and this set of two coral pillows ($100) may be the missing piece in your patio decor. The pop of color is enough to make any guest swoon, while the high-quality and comfortable materials will keep you happy all season.