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Big Box Scout: Summer Patio Basics

We decided to do some scouting to show you what is actually available in some of the most popular big box stores.

In all honesty, I was surprised to find items exhibiting similarly bright colors and designs. So, for furniture, I would say, let price drive your decision aside from the additional expense of some accent tables.  For pillows, here are a few options for you to try along with some other great finds at the following stores:

1) Cost Plus World Market

With solid, bigger pieces of furniture, just add some pillows.

How about this fun print for this fabric? It goes great with natural wood colors and bright ones too.

There are more fun patterns, full of color.

We found full color metal stools and/or side tables.

Here is this classic design in red, blue and brown.

We even found a picnic table!

My favorite find in this store was this wooden cooler; it definitely makes those ugly plastic cases a thing of the past.

2) Marshalls

You need luck and the patience to dig through merchandise at a place like Marshalls. I found limited outdoor pieces of furniture.

Here, I really liked this white bamboo chair.

3) Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 would be a place I strongly recommend if you are looking to furnish your outdoor patio or deck. But, do not expect the latest trends on fabrics for cushions and pillows.


4) T.J. Maxx

We had no luck finding anything apart from this piece that would look great in a small space. I would recommend finishing it with marine varnish so it resists the wear of outdoor weather conditions.

5) Target

In my opinion, Target understands what most people want: Style, quality, and good prices.

Prices are good; don’t overlook the clearance items.


We spotted a firebowl for $99.99.


6) Home Goods

Home Goods’ selection of planters is really good. You might get lucky and find some other interesting outdoor accessories like we did.

Finally, my strong suggestion is to look for pillows online. There, it will be easier to find truly contemporary items with more interesting fabrics. Also try smaller stores or interior design boutiques, which certainly have access to a larger variety of fabrics.

Other than that, you will find almost all you need in the big boxes.

Let us know how do in your outdoor design projects!

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Author:  Daniela Olmedo
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