14 Backyard Decor Items That Will Turn Your House into Summer HQ

Guess what? Your favorite room of the house is now outside

Updated 05/31/18

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It's almost summer and that means, among many other things, outdoor lounging. Like everyone else, we can't wait to get outside when the weather turns nice, and if you're lucky enough to have a backyard space (or even the smallest of porches or patios), chances are you're going to want to spend most of the summer out there with as many friends as you can gather. The key to having a backyard that your friends will love (and a spot where you can really kick back and relax after a long day) is to make it as cozy and as comfortable as your indoor living space. New technological developments in outdoor fabrics means that the rugs, pillows, and poufs that go in your outdoor room can look nice enough to put inside—which means no more rough, unpleasant textures or weird plastic smells. In fact, when it comes to textiles it can be a good idea in general to put outdoor rugs or pillows in high traffic areas (especially if you have kids or pets), because they're built to withstand the elements. That being said, it's also nice to have dedicated accessories for the outdoors so you don't have to worry about them getting dirty or caught in the rain.

You're going to want to stay a while, so make sure there are tons of comfy elements like pillows and throws to soften up the atmosphere (and keep guests snug after the sun goes down). Lighting is also clutch—make sure to swap out that ugly overhead one with some well-placed candles in lanterns and strings of cafe lights. It's all about creating a mood that's conducive to hanging out and relaxing. Here, some of our fave products to make the outdoor room of your dreams.

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Jasmine Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug

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The first thing you need in your outdoor space is a good rug—it's going to define the space and add both color and texture to the area. Go with a bright tone like this poppy patterned one if the rest of the pieces you have in the mix are more on the neutral side.

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Black-and-Ivory Striped Indoor/Outdoor Rug

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If you've got a lot of colorful pillows or furniture going on in your setup, try a graphic black-and-white print as a neutral base to help pull everything together.

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Stargazer Globe Lights

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Strings of twinkling lights really set the tone and look so magical and inviting in an outdoor space.

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Latigo Wicker Outdoor Patio Set

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Instead of bulky, expensive sofa pieces, go with a mix of eclectic chairs, poufs, and stools that can be moved around depending on the mood. This modern set is woven out of weather-resistant wicker and includes two chairs and a matching table.

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Keena Lumbar Pillow

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These affordable accent pillows are reminiscent of traditional Moroccan cactus silk pillows, but these are UV-treated and durable enough to be used outside.

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Dolce Vita Outdoor Bar Cart

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The command center of your outdoor party is definitely going to be the bar cart. This one is made of powder-coated steel, so it's safe to roll outside with all your drinks, mixers, and glassware.

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Fringed Macramé Hammock

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Woven out of cotton with gold metallic accents, this lounger is guaranteed to be your new favorite spot for the summer.

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Copper Table Fire Pit

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This gorgeous piece does it all. It's a fire pit and a grill to gather around with friends (can anyone say s'mores?). In the daytime when it's not in use for cooking or hand warming, simply slide the copper tray cover over the table and it turns into a chic coffee table.

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Bungalow Rose Hajek Bamboo and Glass Lantern

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The exterior of this lantern is woven out of natural bamboo, which gives off a lovely, flickering pattern of candlelight (use a citronella one to keep away bugs!). The glass canister inside helps keep the flame safe and contained.

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Audio Pro Addon T5 Bluetooth Speaker

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Stream all your favorite tunes through this compact speaker, which gives off a big sound despite its petite size.

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Woven Tahiti Indoor/Outdoor Side Table

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Use this patterned stool for setting down drinks and appetizer plates, or as extra seating when more guests arrive.

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Corrigan Studio Volturno Pouf

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This cushion is woven of natural jute and cotton, making it the perfect neutral accent for guests to lounge on while sipping cocktails.

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Pod Hanging Chair with Cushion

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This suspended chair (which feels as cool as it looks) is ideal for lazy summer afternoons with a good book and a tall glass of iced tea.

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Safavieh Outdoor Umbrella

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Channel the beaches of the French Riviera with this chic scalloped umbrella, which is perfect for creating a shady nook in your outdoor lounge.

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