These stylish additions help any outdoor space feel like a living room—one you’ll hang out in all season long.

By Stephanie Sisco
Updated April 30, 2018
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Whether your outdoor space is limited to a tiny patio or you have a huge backyard to get ready for the season, these 27 essentials will instantly turn the outdoor area into an extension of your home. From cozy throw pillows to the cutest gingham umbrella, these editor-approved picks will turn the backyard into your new favorite part of your house. Warning: with these finds furnishing your outdoor space, you'll never want to come back inside.

For Your Balcony or Patio

The vibrant pattern gives patio furniture a fresh feel. To buy: Two-Tone Peaks dining chair, $199; westelm.com.
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Image zoom Woven Seat

The vibrant pattern gives patio furniture a fresh feel.

To buy: Two-Tone Peaks dining chair, $199; westelm.com. westelm.com

Image zoom Hanging Chair

Set it up when you need a seat; tuck it away when you don’t.

To buy: Lanta hanging chair, $179; yellowleafhammocks.com. yellowleafhammocks.com

Image zoom Café Table

The perfect perch for a.m. coffee.

To buy: Watermark brass bistro table, $249; cb2.com. cb2.com

Image zoom String Lights

Give your terrace an inviting glow.

To buy: Edison-Style string lights, from $20; worldmarket.com. worldmarket.com

Image zoom DIY Decking

Easy-to-install wooden tiles instantly cover not-so-pretty flooring.

To buy: Runnen decking, $30 (9 sq. ft.); ikea.com. ikea.com

Image zoom Plant Ladder

A vertical garden keeps fresh herbs within reach.

To buy: Satsumas plant stand, $40; ikea.com. ikea.com

Image zoom Durable Runner

Add warmth to a bland balcony with a colorful jute rug.

To buy: Jute runner, $56; blueribbongeneralstore.com. blueribbongeneralstore.com

Image zoom Palm Platter

Serve your guests family-style on a melamine tray.

To buy: Palm Leaf melamine platter, $38; shopterrain.com. shopterrain.com

Image zoom Floor Pillow

An oversize raffia cushion provides a spare seat.

To buy: Harbour Island floor pillow, $208; serenaandlily.com. serenaandlily.com 1 of 9 Advertisement

For Your Front Porch

Set the tone for your outdoor decor with a painterly entry mat. To buy: Wildflower doormat, $20; potterybarn.com.
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Image zoom Whimsical Doormat

Set the tone for your outdoor decor with a painterly entry mat.

To buy: Wildflower doormat, $20; potterybarn.com. potterybarn.com

Image zoom Pastel Cushions

Woven throw pillows bring a touch of texture to your porch seating.

To buy: Outdoor ribbon stripe pillows, $19 each; westelm.com. westelm.com

Image zoom Cement Planters

Liven up a bare corner with a trio of planters in staggered heights.

To buy: Gesso planters, $125 for 3; zgallerie.com. zgallerie.com

Image zoom Mastholmen Love Seat

A modern take on traditional wicker.

To buy: Mastholmen love seat, $140; ikea.com. ikea.com

Image zoom Rain Chain

These pretty copper links act as a gutter, guiding rainwater from the roof.

To buy: Link rain chain, $76; wayfair.com. wayfair.com

Image zoom Lightweight Throw

It gets softer with every wash.

To buy: Tasseled linen throw, $98; shopterrain.com. shopterrain.com

Image zoom Curvy Lanterns

Add a gentle glow to your porch with candlelight from these bent-bamboo lanterns.

To buy: Bamboo and vegan-leather lanterns, $45 each; worldmarket.com. worldmarket.com

Image zoom Watering Can

A sleek tool you’ll want to store out in the open.

To buy: Haws solid-copper watering can, $98; shopterrain.com. shopterrain.com

Image zoom Garden Stool

Use it as a side table, spare seat, or plant stand.

To buy: White garden stool, $90; pier1.com. pier1.com 1 of 9 Advertisement

For Your Backyard

Make a statement in your green space. To buy: Poleng gingham umbrella shade with pole, $240; cb2.com.
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Image zoom Gingham Umbrella

Make a statement in your green space.

To buy: Poleng gingham umbrella shade with pole, $240; cb2.com. cb2.com

Image zoom Lawn Bowling

Entertain kids of all ages with this set of wooden pins.

To buy: Toy bowling set, $49; momastore.org. momastore.org

Image zoom Modern Swing

Choose from four rope shades for this beautiful and sturdy swing.

To buy: Lillagunga swing, $159; finnishdesignshop.com. finnishdesignshop.com

Image zoom Square Pouf

Situate a few of these waterproof ottomans near the pool.

To buy: Preppy stripe indoor/outdoor pouf, $206; shadesoflight.com. shadesoflight.com

Image zoom Fire Pit

S’mores not included.

To buy: Cast-iron wood-burning fire pit, $207; allmodern.com. allmodern.com

Image zoom Mobile Cooler

Retro-cool, and there’s a built-in bottle opener.

To buy: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia green-footed cooler, $140; target.com. target.com

Image zoom Hanging Light

Loop this cordless lamp over a tree branch—a full charge lasts up to 24 hours.

To buy: Bolleke lamp, $80; finnishdesignshop.com. finnishdesignshop.com

Image zoom Picnic Table With a steel base and a wooden top, this sturdy table is built to last.

To buy: Antique white Avignon outdoor dining collection, from $140; worldmarket.com. worldmarket.com

Image zoom Heat Lamp

Fend off the evening chill in style.

To buy: Lamar propane patio heater, $235; wayfair.com. worldmarket.com 1 of 9 Advertisement