So…You Want to Redecorate Your Patio, but Only Have $100

March 22, 2021 Off By Mary Frances Knapp

As we unthaw our spring personas, we’re ISO a change of scenery for our outdoor spaces. Meaning, everything from that one part of the fire escape that gets good afternoon light, to the corner of your (or your quar bud’s) patio, backyard, or roof that could use a bit of zhuzh.

Unfortunately, the 1968 French indoor-outdoor futurist habitat that’s currently popping off on 1stDibs is going to have to wait, as our stimmys can only be stretched so far beyond, well, paying rent (let alone 100k). But that doesn’t mean we have to settle for a stale ambiance or sense of optimism as we redecorate our outdoor spaces for spring. Yes, it’s certainly an exercise in positive thinking, but dreams of COVID-safe BBQs and epic dinner parties bring us hope as more and more folks line-up for their slurp of the Pfizer juice box. We may only have our (and our roomie’s) tuckuses to plop in the following chairs at the moment, but that’s a great place to start. So we’ve given ourselves the challenge of finding the best patio decor online for under $100.

Perhaps you’re in need of new planters (or just plants? Thisaway, PLS), or a stain-tolerant outdoor rug that brings a wavy optic energy to your solo hacky sack seshes. Maybe you want something minimalist and bright for your porch, or perhaps you’d like your backyard to have all the cursed horniness of a 1990s Olive Garden smoking patio. You bring the White Claw, and we’ll bring the string lights.

A graphic sling-back

Photo: Society6

We’re picturing this beaut’ on a bunch of flagstone tiles in a minimalist villa, beside an olive tree, under the Tuscan (or Atascadero!) sun. It’s doing the most without doing much, which we love. It’s technicallyyyy four dollars over our limit, but it’s mad on sale and every graphic stripe is worth it.

Minimalist Black And White Pattern Sling Chair, $149 $104 at Society6

Forever green

Faux Ivy
Photo: Wayfair

Cover up that crusty fence! This is very much the kitsch backyard patio, tiki bar-adjacent, mini-golf faux greenery fantasy we have been looking for. It’s a classic. Just think about how nice these plastique vines will look under the light of your camera’s flash, FR.

Faux Artificial Ivy Fencing, $49.99 at Wayfair

A solo-swinger

Photo: Etsy

It’s simple, really: All people who don’t want to talk to the other people crawl in the hammock because they can’t crawl back in the womb. All the people who want to take things even further crawl inside a solo-hammock. True egg-core. We also appreciate that this hammock is padded so your buns and back won’t hurt.

Padded Hammock Chair, $78 at Etsy

This UFO

Bloomscape plant holder
Photo: Bloomscape

A chic flying saucer for your pothos, cacti, and whatever else isn’t dead in the fourth quarter of quar (congrats, grad), we especially dig this as way to fill your area with more green (or candles, or Bratz Dolls, do you) without taking up more foot space.

Ecopots Hanging Saucer, $30 at Bloomscape

The stain-tolerant everywhere rug

Lubbers Outdoor Rug
Photo: Wayfair

Intended for indoor or outdoor use, this rug is by some company named Lubbers which makes us like it 20 percent more than the pre-existing one-hundred. What’s not to dig about a marbled floor situation? Spill all you want over this bad boy.

Lubbers Abstract Flatweave Red Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug, $60.99 at Wayfair

This is your beer commercial now

Edison Bulb Lights
Photo: Amazon

If a yard doesn’t have string lights, does it even exist? According to one of our writers who owns these, this weatherproof set can withstand a hurricane.

2 Pack 48 FT Outdoor String Lights w/ Edison Vintage Bulbs, $65.44 at Amazon

We will die on this lawn chair

Lawn Chair
Photo: Walmart

Happily. There is nothing that says, “I am chafing my thighs and throwing back Nathan’s without a care in the world” like these lawn chairs, which your family has made you drag into the car from a day at the lake/beach/sidewalk for years, and which you will now force you quar pod/vaxxed circle to drag in as well.

USA Folding Aluminum Webbing Chair, $64.99 at Walmart

You dabble in CBD products

Mountain Rug
Photo: L.L. Bean

Same. And as we return from a creek stroll with our bunny, Ms. Zsa Zsa, and the effects of our fave CBD hiking drink have begun to fade, we’ll be happy to kick off our clogs on this mountainous mat before waking up and crying ourselves to sleep again.

Everyspace Recycled Waterhog Doormat, Mountain Scene, $39.95 at L.L. Bean

You have rich East Coast grandparents

Lobster Rope Mat
Photo: Etsy

But you’re personally a Bernie Bro. This doormat is not only made out of recycled lobstah rope, and handwoven (or rather, claw-spun) in Maine by the lobsters as well.

Recycled Lobster Rope Doormat, Handwoven in Maine: Hey Ombre Yellow, $64 at Etsy

Hold my drink

Cost Plus World Market Coffee Table
Photo: Cost Plus World Market

There’s nothing more S T R E S S  than having an outdoor space with plenty of chairs, but no surfaces. It’s borderline culty, which we’re kind of into on the one hand, but at the end of the ten-thousand hour day we favor a charming wicker coffee table that can weather the seasons, and hold our coffee (and other gorgeous coffee accouterments). If you can swing a little more space and want something higher, go for this Eucalyptus Catania folding table.

All-Weather Wicker And Acacia Kandis Outdoor Coffee Table, $99.99 at Cost Plus World Market

Evolve thine terracotta tastes

Cost Plus World Market
Photo: Cost Plus World Market

While we love the classic Mr. McGregor terracotta pot, our eyes have been staring at the exact. Same. Ones. For many months now. This planter is of the same ilk, but a tad of swirlyness and a little bit more an “apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur” silhouette.

Red Clay Sienna Outdoor Planter, $69.99 at Cost Plus World Market

Because your biopic needs a floor-makeover scene

Acacia Wood Slats
Photo: Cost Plus World Market

The image of a Jovial Low-Key Hot Person tossing back their hair, and throwing down new tile is pivotal to the development of every home makeover movie, including yours. These wood slats will cover up the stain in the spot of the accident that happened that no one in your friend group is allowed to talk about.

Acacia Wood 6-Slat Interlocking Deck Tiles, 10-Count, $74.99 at Cost Plus World Market

Bring this to Fashion Week too

Metallic Retro Drink Cooler
Photo: Cost Plus World Market

Looking a little too swanky for its own good is this metallic drink cooler, which could be equally at home on your cousin-uncle-Bill’s boat and the FROW of Vetements, a show for which “18 cans or 12 bottles” of liquid would be…gr8.

Metallic Retro Drink Cooler, $79.99 at Cost Plus World Market

A warm mid-century chair

Aluminum Midcentury Chair
Photo: Etsy

Sometimes, mid-century furniture can just feel rickety and cold on our already rickety and cold bones. (Alas, it looks chic as hell.) This vintage find is an exception, however, bringing some warmth and color to the look with a level of nonchalant sophistication that says, “Yes, I keep my shoes in dust bags. You don’t?” Fuck you! We’re obsessed with you.

Mid-century Modern Chair, $75 at Etsy

Get Hobbitcore

Wooden Garden Bench
Photo: Etsy

In the 19th century, there was an actual profession in which folks were hired to live on a rich person’s estate as an “ornamental garden hermit.” Please see: The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome While we are not yet on that level, this gnome-worthy wooden bench is a homely place to start.

Wooden Garden Patio Bench With Etching, $88 at Etsy

Do your decorative research

Vintage Decorating with Candles All Year Round Coffee Table Book
Photo: 1stDibs

Because Nancy Meyers did not just pop out of a box one day, and know how to perfectly vibe out a garden for a mid-life crisis Meryl Streep dramedy. (It’s Complicated is solid; Fight me.) The cover of this book is so beautiful, that even post-read it will make for a great addition to a patio or coffee table. There’s also something sincerely tender and sensual about using candlelight as the building blocks for your space.

Vintage Decorating with Candles All Year Round Coffee Table Book, $35 at 1stDibs

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