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Outdoor Furniture Guide

Tips for buying, cleaning, and caring for backyard and patio pieces.

Outdoor Decorating

What’s Your Outdoor Entertaining Style?
Not all patios are created equal. Take our fun quiz to find out what kind of outdoor entertainer you are.

4 Great Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
Secrets for turning the backyard into your new favorite room.

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22 Outdoor Decor Ideas

From porches to patios, transform your outdoor space with smart decorating tricks.
Photo: Polly Wreford/Homes & Gardens/IPC+ Syndication

4 Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Keep your party out of the dark with one of these illuminating lighting options.
Photo:  Beatriz Da Costa

The Best Outdoor Chairs

Give your yard a lift with sophisticated pieces that promise splendor in the grass. (Indoors is so overrated.)
Photo: John Lawton

How to Clean Your Deck or Patio

An annual scrub-down will extend the life of a concrete patio, a wood deck, or a stone walkway—and will make your outdoor zone gleam.
Photo: Levi Brown
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Backyard lit with battery-powered lights
Alchemia Chair
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The Great Outdoors

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Patio Umbrellas
Escape the strong summer rays with picks that will add a pop to your outdoor space.

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7 Steps to a Spotless Porch

Give your outdoor space a deep clean in 10 minutes or less.

  • Minutes 1 and 2: Move everything from the porch into the yard: chairs, tables, potted plants, and anything else that isn’t nailed down. Drape rugs and mats over a fence or a rail to air them out.
  • Minute 4: Using an extendable duster, sweep cobwebs from high corners, overhangs, and shutters.

    Related: The Best Dusters

  • Minute 3: With a bucket of warm, soapy water and a large sponge, wipe down furniture, plant pots, and decorative objects.

    Related: 5 Tips for Cleaning Outdoor Furniture

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