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10 Easy Outdoor Updates for Under $100

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m jonesing for any excuse to leave the house right now. Seeing as I can’t go wander my local shops or hang with friends and family, it seems that I’m left to my own yard to get my vitamin D fix. There are far worse things. Right now, I have the time to give my outdoor space a little love and attention. In case you’re looking to follow suit, I’ve put together a list of 10 upgrades that can all be done for $100 or less. Future-you will appreciate the forethought.

  1. A front stoop (or back porch) planter is an opportunity to bring in a splash of color. If you can, I suggest finding a spot for your new planter where you can also appreciate your blooms from inside. Alternatively, go for a smaller planter in lightweight plastic that you can move indoors when the weather isn’t cooperating. Win-win!

  2. Everyone has one, but not everyone gives it a second thought. That’s right, a mailbox. Swap out your box for a more stylish version that shows off your personality.

  3. Likewise, your house numbers can be a playful way to bring some pizzazz to your front entrance. You can make yourself a hand-painted plaque or simply upgrade to a font that better fits your style.

  4. Build yourself a small edible garden. Not feeling confident in your green thumb? Start off with a small planter of herbs. They like dappled sun for the most part and need water every few days. Easy peasy!

  5. Get yourself a new door mat. There are so many cute options from sassy sayings to more traditional motifs. It’ll put a smile on your face every time you walk through your door.

  6. Create a cozy crash spot for yourself. Personally, I like an adirondack chair, but you could certainly go with a cafe patio set or a cozier arm chair to curl up in.

  7. Now that you have a spot to sit, what about a bird feeder?! Maybe you’re not much of a bird watcher, but take it from someone who’s been there. Once you have the feeder you’ll find yourself googling types of birds all the time. It’s a fun, relaxing way to pass the time.

  8. Put a wreath on it--your door, that is. Even if you’re apartment living, this is a fun way to bring a bit of the season into your space. I like a simple faux boxwood wreath that can easily be dressed up season to season as your tastes change. There are also some stunning fresh wreaths you can get if that’s more your speed.

  9. Paint your front door with a bright pop of color. This is a half-day project at best and makes a huge difference. Be sure to use paint meant for outdoor use.

  10. Style it out. If you’re working with a furnished patio space, then snag yourself an outdoor rug and a few throw pillows. I like to add in a couple candle lanterns for that summer evening glow.

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Hi there! My name is Erin and I'm the owner of Erin Davis Design, a virtual interior design firm founded in 2017. Here on my blog I serve up tips for creating a home that's functional, beautiful, and right on budget. I hope you'll cozy up on your sofa and stay awhile! 

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