In this episode of Outdoor Upgrade, designer Riche Holmes Grant adds a tropical touch to a windy blank-slate balcony.
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Starting with a blank-slate balcony or patio can present a bit of a challenge, especially when you're trying to stay on a budget. On this episode of Outdoor Upgrade, designer Riche Holmes Grant tackles a balcony for Dia, who had a long wishlist for her 400-square-foot balcony. Dia was hoping to create spaces for entertaining and dining, plus get plenty of storage to hold her items during the winter. She was also hoping to include some no-maintenance greenery to give her some privacy and a bit of a tropical look.

Riche came up with a bold plan, which used multitasking items—like a deck box and storage coffee table—to provide space to hide away cushions and accessories when they aren't in use.

Faux greenery was installed over the partition walls and in planters so Dia won't have to worry about maintenance. She "planted" the plants in larger pots and weighted them down with stones to keep them in place.

To help ensure Dia's furnishings can survive whatever Mother Nature dishes out, Riche recommended she protect them with teak oil and metal sealants, and invest in furniture covers to shelter them when winter comes.

Watch the video above to see the full upgrade, then check out some of the products used to create this cozy and inviting outdoor space.

Lounge

outdoor teak sofa
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Outdoor Teak Sofa

$1,100; homethreads.com

A classic patio sofa with sturdy teak frame and white Sunproof cushions is the perfect blank slate—you can easily change up throw pillows and rugs to give it a different look.

Safavieh-Outdoor-Living-Vernon-Brown--Tan-Rocking-Chair
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Safavieh Outdoor Living Vernon Rocking Chair

$300; overstock.com

Looking for a perfect spot to cozy up outdoors? Gray outdoor-friendly cushions soften up a sleek eucalyptus wood rocking chair.

Villaggio Geometric Navy Beige Indoor Outdoor Area Rug
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Villaggio Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

$33; wayfair.com

A bold blue and beige rug draws from Ikats, Shibori, Chinese Batik, English Cotswold, and Japanese textiles to create the pattern.

Cantilever Solar LED Offset Outdoor Patio Umbrella
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Cantilever Solar LED Offset Outdoor Patio Umbrella

$500; homedepot.com

A cantilevered umbrella offers plenty of shade by day, and LED lighting to light up summer evenings.

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Hammered Metal Storage Patio Coffee Table

$270; target.com

This stylish outdoor coffee table has plenty of storage under the lid for your pillows,  blankets, and other accessories.

Nahua Indoor/Outdoor Rectangular Lumbar Pillow
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Nahua Indoor/Outdoor Rectangular Lumbar Pillow

$39; wayfair.com

Brighten up your accessory game with a bold-hued pillow—a pretty abstract pattern mellows the orange hue. 

Trixie 20" Ocher Outdoor Pillow
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Trixie 20" Ocher Outdoor Pillow

$46; crateandbarrel.com

A subtle check pattern adds interest to this ocher outdoor pillow.

Outdoor Woven Arches Pillow
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Outdoor Woven Arches Pillow

$90; westelm.com

You don't have to go crazy with color or patterns to make a bold style statement. The textured pattern on this throw pillow adds interest without overwhelming the other design statements.

dori indoor outdoor pouf

Dori Indoor/Outdoor Pouf

$150; westelm.com

This jute-inspired pouf is made of weather-resistant polypropylene, and makes for extra seating (or the perfect place to put up your feet).

Dining

Forest Gate Olive 6-Piece Outdoor Acacia Extendable Table Dining Set
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Forest Gate Olive 6-Piece Outdoor Acacia Extendable Table Dining Set

$1060; bedbathandbeyond.com

Consider extendable tables, like this acacia wood set, for your outdoor patio to maximize space for entertaining.

Outdoor Lantern Candle Holder
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Outdoor Lantern Candle Holder

$10; target.com

Lantern holders keep your candles lit—even in windy conditions.

MARINA - TRIBAL STRIPE AREA RUG
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Marina Tribal Stripe Area Rug

$160; rugs-direct.com

This pretty, tribal-stripe area rug gives the deck a pop of color.

outdoor storage box bench
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Keter Westwood 150 Gallon All Weather Outdoor Patio Storage Deck Box and Bench

$300; target.com

This wood-look resin deck box is an outdoor multitasker, offering ample storage space for cushions and other accessories, and a broad top that can become a bar, buffet, or additional seating.

Greenery

Assorted Foliage Landscape
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Assorted Foliage Landscape

$78; shopwildthings.com

If you don't have a green thumb, faux foliage can still give you that lush landscape—and this green wall helps give you privacy, too.

faux palm tree
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Faux Palm Tree

$75; amazon.com

Give your patio a tropical vibe with these lavish faux palm trees—add rocks into the base to windproof.

tall planters
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Tall Planters

$110; amazon.com

These stylish planters are great for your favorite greenery. Or you can use them as Riche did—anchoring in poles with cement to act as a base for stringing lights. 

Accessories

outdoor string lights
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Outdoor String Lights

$56; amazon.com

Strands of bulbs give your patio or outdoor space a romantic glow.

Bee & Willow™ Glaze Melamine Dinner Plate in Blue
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Glaze Melamine Dinner Plate in Blue

$4; bedbathandbeyond.com

Save your breakable dinnerware for indoors and opt for beautiful melamine plates instead.

Bee & Willow™ Glazed Melamine Small Bowl in Blue
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Glazed Melamine Small Bowl in Blue

$4; bedbathandbeyond.com

These bold blue melamine bowls are perfect for a summer salad.

Bee & Willow™ Home Rectangular Platter in Blue
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Home Rectangular Platter in Blue

$15; bedbathandbeyond.com

A generously sized serving platter lets you serve up barbecue, charcuterie boards, and other treats