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Easy, Affordable Makeovers in a Day

SLIDESHOW: Colorful cushions and accents
transform ho-hum into Wow!

BEFORE: A great porch makes a canvas for furniture, comfortable cushions and accessories. Put your feet up in our Summer Cottage Wicker Chair and Ottoman. Add comfortable cushions and you'll find a reason to spend an entire afternoon on your porch. Accent Pillows finish the look in Cabaret Floral, Cabaret Stripe and Kiwi Green. Cape Cod Planter The tripod stand of our Bird Nest Planter allows it to stand on a porch or in the garden. Self-watering Rim Planter in Goldenrod keeps thirsty plants hydrated. An elegant table setting. This front porch went from plain Jane to packing a powerful punch with cushions in striking patterns that boldly state your personal style. Add stately topiaries in containers and you’ll have a comfortable place to entertain guests and an impressive entryway to your home. In colors as luscious as tropical fruits, bold cushions transform your poolside patio into an inviting oasis. Take a quick dip to cool off and then sit back in comfort on our quick-drying cushions. Relax and enjoy a weekend getaway right in your own backyard! Wake up neutrals with bright accent pillows. Shown here are 16" and 19" Accent Pillows, along with Lumbar Pillows, in Red Dahlia and Red Dahlia Stripe patterns. Solar Punched Lanterns bring style to the party by day and a soft glow at night. Red Dahlia, Red Dahlia Stripe and Kiwi Green pillows The Rim Planter in Pumpkin makes a colorful and stable base for a side table. Our Brushed Stainless Steel Compost Pail keeps refreshments icy cold. Keep extra cushions on hand for guests. Red Dahlia Stripe, Red Dahlia and Kiwi pillows fill this basket. The Flying Pig makes a whimsical surprise near the patio. Solar Punched Lanterns bring style to the party by day and a soft glow at night. The porch before its metamorphosis. Vintage style meets modern comfort in this cozy retreat. Soft but weatherproof cushions in cooling colors are key to this simple porch's metamorphosis into an inviting retreat. Fresh flowers and flea-market finds add the finishing touches. Old-fashioned Oxalis regnelli finds a home among sweet lace doilies and silver trays. Create a tranquil spot to relax in our Lake House Reader's Armchair. The weatherproof Lake House Side Table is a handy addition to your porch or other outdoor space. Find vintage accessories in antique shops, tag sales, or the attic. Lutyens Bench in blue creates all-weather seating for porch or garden. This vintage bird cage provides a stage for a collection of small objects, such as these tiny terracotta pots. Keys found in an antique shop make a charming paperweight. This outdoor deck and surrounding, colorful walls invites spirited furnishings and accessories. Be prepared when friends drop by with comfortable cushions that create a welcoming space for sharing good food, good music and good times. Lively colors and patterns inspire your inner artist and provide the perfect backdrop for impromptu parties and quiet musings. Featured in this makeover are Standard 4' Bench Pads and Accent Pillows in Red Persimmon Garden, Red Persimmon Stripe and Kiwi Green. Mismatched dinnerware lends a casual attitude to this outdoor retreat. Use a container, such as this Rim Planter, as your table base, and top it with large tray for entertaining. The more the merrier. Create an exotic mood with flowers and candles.
Dramatic Interlude

Dramatic Interlude

Fresh Tropcial

Fresh Tropical

Vintage Floral

Vintage Floral

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Looking to breathe new life into your porch or patio? Watch our makeover slideshow, above, for ideas on how you can expand your outdoor living space, create a welcoming setting for summer entertaining and add curb appeal — without spending a fortune!

Start your makeover by mixing and matching colorful cushions to spruce up existing patio furniture. The fabrics you choose will begin to set the overall ambiance — for example, bold colors and patterns for drama, or soft pastels for a more romantic feel. Build on the look by adding functional accessories, such as extra seating and side tables. Then add the finishing touches with attic treasures and vintage-shop finds.

To help you get started, our photo team, Geoff Fosbrook and Lizzy Williams, traveled to four different patios and porches and made each one over in a distinctive style. View the slideshow and get inspired to transform your own patio or porch!

Four Makeovers, Four Different Looks

Dramatic Interlude

Make a grand entrance! This front porch went from stark to stunning with cushions in striking fabrics, creating an impressive entryway and a stylish place to entertain guests.

Fresh Tropical

In colors as luscious as tropical fruits, bold cushions transform this poolside patio into an oasis. Add a few simple accessories and it's ready for the perfect weekend getaway, right in the backyard.

Vintage Floral

Vintage style meets modern comfort in this cozy retreat. Comfortable cushions in cooling colors are key to this simple porch's metamorphosis into an inviting retreat.

Bohemian Rhapsody

This outdoor deck is now ready for welcoming family and friends, with plenty of cushions in lively colors and patterns that create the perfect space for sharing good food, good music and good times.

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