This spring, we had big plans to give our porch and patio some TLC for spring and summer. Given that this weekend is Labor Day weekend and that basically the only update I’ve done is sweep, I’d say we pretty much missed the boat on that. Nevertheless, there is a silver lining in all of this. Our delay in tackling this project means that we’re just in time for end of summer sales and that we still have time to make updates and enjoy our outdoor space for some of the year’s most pleasant temperatures. Truth be told, I’d much rather spend time on our porch on a September evening that a hot and muggy July evening. We’ve also made it a priority to spend a bit more time outdoors this year even when the weather is a bit chillier than I prefer. To do this, we’re looking to add a few cozy elements to our porch as part of this update to help extend into colder weather. I often find outdoor furniture and accessories tricky. They can go both average and expensive fast, and it’s hard to find options from smaller companies. In general, I think comfort and craftsmanship go a long way and that investing in durable pieces on the front end is well worth it.
If you’re in the same boat as us and looking to make some outdoor enhancements just in time for fall, you’re in the right place. We’ve pulled together a few items perfect for that occasion. We’re looking forward to sitting down this weekend to finally pull the trigger on a few purchases and make the simple updates that have been on our to-do list for far too long. Below we’ve detailed the items pictured above and rounded up some great sales and sources:
Throw pillows: It’s hard to get comfortable without some good pillows. I love the fall hues in this striped pillow, the super low price on this mint pillow from Rejuvenation, and the softness of this neutral lumbar pillow. Pottery Barn is also having some great sales on their Sunbrella solid pillows.
Soft lighting: We have the perfect spot to hang string lights on our patio, and I think I’ve finally settled on this set that has great reviews and a nice vintage look. We also love bringing out a lantern for a nice low light to read, play games, and chat. We have this small one from Target, but I really love the sturdiness of this one pictured above.
Thermos for toasty beverages: We got this thermos as a gift a few years ago and haven’t really put it to great use. We’re looking forward to bringing it out for evenings for friends this fall and enjoying hot chocolate and cider.
Cozy blanket: It’s hard to go wrong with a ticking stripe, and I love the soft look of this Pendleton cotton blanket. It also comes in multiple sizes depending on the space you need to cover.
Fun book or game: One of our favorite things to do together is to find a book we both love and read it together, aloud outside. Recently, we’ve loved Calypso by David Sedaris. It’s both hilarious and profound. We also love that each chapter can stand on its own so that when friends are over, they can also listen in and enjoy a few chapters.
Simple fire pit and accessories: While I’m not sure if this will be on our list this year, I definitely see the appeal in a fire pit. The one pictured above has a nice simple look and sale price of only $90. I’m also a fan of this one by L.L. Bean. You can’t have a fire pit without some accessories like this popcorn popper or these roasting sticks.
Beautiful sofa: I’m not sure what it is, but I have a hard time finding outdoor sofas that I really love and don’t find generic without having a huge price tag. Outdoor furniture often all looks the same and can get pricey fast. I was immediately drawn to the shape and classic look of this wicker sofa by Aerin for Williams Sonoma.
Foot stool to kick your feet up: No outdoor piece of furniture is any good if you can’t put your feet up. I particularly love this bamboo foot stool and the many color options for the cushions (especially those options with piping).