The Uplift: Our editors share their favorite outdoor furniture and decor picks for the summer

With warm weather making us all want to go live outdoors, has it ever been a better time to update your patio? Our editors share their favorite outdoor furniture and decor picks for the summer

A selection of items from The Uplift May
(Image credit: Anthropologie, West Elm, McGee & Co.)

The Uplift is a monthly series in which our Style Editor Nikhita Mahtani uncovers the best decor to bring joy to your home. She consults our experts and picks through thousands of pieces from the biggest designers and retailers to bring you the very best.

We’re all thinking about outdoor hosting and warm days in the sun now that the weather is finally turning a corner, and so, updating our outdoor spaces is currently top priority. If you’re looking for new options for your backyard, whether that’s the best outdoor furniture, some new planters, or simple items like pillows and throws, the editors at Homes & Gardens are here to help.

I’ve asked all of them to give me their current favorite outdoor decor buys, and they didn’t disappoint in the least bit. From bright, colorful decor options to furniture pieces that are durable and weatherproof, here’s everything the Homes & Gardens team is buying right now to update their outdoor spaces for the summer, so you can get some inspiration as you plan your own summer decor ideas. Now, if only the rain would stay away.

No matter whether your chosen outdoor activities involve hosting, bird-watching, eating, or just plain lazing, let our editors’ picks inspire you to update your backyard and patio this season. From the best outdoor rugs to some chic decor, there’s a pick for everyone on this list.

Nikhita Mahtani
Style Editor

Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.