10 ways to freshen up the patio — all for under $100

With the seemingly never-ending snow storms, patios and decks have taken a lot over the last six months. As the weather turns a corner for the better (finally), freshen up that outdoor space with these 10 items, each priced at under $100.

String lights


Though perfectly adorable anywhere, try weaving these chic string lights in trees or trellises (Industrial String Lights, $49, West Elm).

Serving tray


The wave pattern on this large serving tray will instantly perk up a plain table. Made from durable recycled plastic, it’s also environmentally friendly (Wave Serving Tray, $59, Starboard Collection).



Who says one of the hardest-working outdoor pieces has to be boring? Not this gorgeous umbrella canopy, which features eye-popping colors and an exotic pattern (Umbrella Canopy, $44.99, Cost Plus World Market).

Outdoor rug


Add a preppy touch to the patio with this sunny striped outdoor rug. Soft underfoot, this 100% polyester rug is also ultra durable—just hose it off to clean (Capri Rug, from $99.95, Z Gallerie).



Go nautical on the porch with an assortment of pretty candle lanterns topped with rope handles (Hyannis Lanterns, $19-$55, Pottery Barn).

Fire pit


A must for anyone who entertains outside, this affordable fire pit table gives all the fun of a beach bonfire without the mess (Square Slate Fire Pit Table, $69, Walmart).

Mini planters


Create an instant garden party vibe with these two-tone planters. Line them for an extra blast of color (Carnivale Mini Planters, $5.95 each, Crate & Barrel).



By this point in the year, anything green catches our eye, but this pretty table is worthy of second glance. Clean lines and a striking color make it ideal for a casual outdoor meal or even a plant stand (Roxo Table, $29, IKEA).

LED candles


As the sun sets, keep porches, patios and pool areas well lit—without the burn risk—with an assortment of colorful LED candles (Outdoor LED Candles, from $13.95, Pier 1 Imports).



Nothing beats lazing away a warm day in a hammock. This chevron one from Hayneedle is quilted for extra comfort (Island Bay Quilted Hammock, $99.99, Hayneedle).

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.