Hey, friends! It’s no secret that I’ve not had great luck with plants, but this spring and summer, our outdoor plants have managed to survive me!! We’ve enjoyed so many spring mornings sipping coffee out on the patio, and we’ve spent most summer afternoons out here either splashing in the little pools or having a popsicle. Our evenings usually end up out here as well, and with all that frequent use, our little patio retreat needed a mid-season refresh…on a budget. 😉 I teamed up with Walmart to find some inexpensive pieces that are high on design and function! Here are 3 quick and easy steps for a patio refresh on a budget:
1 – The more twinkle, the better.
I may or may not have watched Parenthood one too many times, but it is my firm belief that all outdoor spaces should have some twinkle. 😉 It’s such an inexpensive way to add ambient lighting, and the string lights turn a regular summer night into a little festivity with your favorite people. Def recommend grabbing the heavy duty outdoor lights that are squirrel-proof…speaking from experience.
2 – Fresh Flowers + Pretty Planters
I know, I know…the irony that Farmer Erin is suggesting ADDING more plants that will require care and non-neglect ;), but it’s true! My three favorite outdoor plants are so easy to care for [see them HERE], and they’ve added such a homey, plant-y, happy vibe to our patio the past few months! I enjoyed them so much, we added more. I know, right?! Miracles happen, folks.
To refresh the space and add more places for pretty blooms, I grabbed these modern planters from Walmart bc I liked the mixture of the sharp lines with the flowing flowers and plants. They are quite large [HERE] and they come in sets of two, which was a great buy! Love the added color and texture on our refreshed patio.
3 – Fluff Up with Inexpensive Outdoor Pillows
Over the course of the last two years, some of our outdoor pillows have bit the dust, either due to our big ol’ pup Harvey or from forgetting them out in the rain. Oops! I replaced a few of the bedraggled pillows with some fresh ones from Walmart – the aqua ones were two for under $20! The girls lounge out here almost every day at some point, either to do their school work, play house or to take a break between splash sessions in the kiddie pools. My husband and I sit out here with our coffee in the mornings, and we eat dinner as a family on the patio many nights. Creating a comfy, cozy outdoor space is as simple as a few inexpensive pillows for a soft place to land.