10 Outdoor Home Items That Might Actually Look Even Better *Inside* Your Home

updated Oct 12, 2020
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Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to bring in the patio furniture, light a few candles, and curl yourself up in your coziest blanket for the foreseeable future. Personally, I love fall for a lot of reasons: flannel sheets! Halloween! Pumpkin spice lattes! That said, limiting outside time because it’s getting colder feels like a bit of a bummer right now.

But just because the temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean you can’t bring a slice of the great outdoors into your home. Beyond houseplants and indoor trees, plenty of outdoor pieces can look just as good inside as they do in the backyard. Even better, certain items may even make you feel like you’re outside when you’re not. So whether you’re looking to find a second life for your patio furniture or you just want to live that indoor/outdoor lifestyle without a fancy retractable glass door or an expensive space heater, this selection below will offer endless design inspiration on a budget.

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1. Safavieh Salcha Indoor-Outdoor French Bistro

A bistro table and matching chairs can transform your backyard into a European café, so why night bring that spirit into your home year-round? Between the gray and white wicker design and an aluminum and faux bamboo frame, this adorable set from Safavieh will anchor any small dining nook in a stylish, space-efficient way. For fall appeal, swap out a bud vase for your favorite autumnal candle.

Buy: Safavieh Salcha Indoor-Outdoor French Bistro, $314.99 from Overstock

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2. Article Loa Graphite Lounge Chair

In case you didn’t get the memo, wicker and rattan are having a huge moment in home decor, so this outdoor lounge chair from Article will be a subtle but on-trend addition to your space. To give this airy chair a warm, cozy feel for fall, drape a faux fur throw over its back or add a few nubby knit pillows.

Buy: Article Loa Graphite Lounge Chair, $279.00 from Article

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3. West Elm Simple String Lights

Very few things can cramp your design style like bad lighting. If you want to give your home a warm, atmospheric feel with layered lighting, but don’t want to splurge on a new table lamp, repurpose your bistro string lights from outside. Need a new set? With brass accents and frosted bulbs, this style from West Elm is a handsome, slightly more substantial alternative to fairy lights that will certainly brighten up your bedroom or living area.

Buy: West Elm Simple String Lights, $49.00 $39.20 from West Elm

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4. Pepper Palm XL Pots

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still flex your green thumb! If you want to give your space a lush, jungle-like feel, bring your plants and planters indoors. These groovy, handcrafted pots from Pepper Palm will look just as good inside as they do outdoors. (Psst… if your plants don’t make it through the winter, you can always repurpose these pots and fill them with toys, tchotchkes, or towels. I won’t tell!)

Buy: Pepper Palm XL Pots, Starting at $55.00 from Etsy

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5. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Faux Eucalyptus with Seeds Wreath

Speaking of plants, why not add a wreath to your interior? Sure, decorative wreaths are typically something you see hung on your front door, but they’re an easy and virtually effortless way to add some texture to your walls. I love this eucalyptus style because it can transition nicely from season to season. Since this option is made with faux leaves, you’ll definitely be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Buy: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia 20″ Faux Eucalyptus with Seeds Wreath, $34.99 from Target

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6. Bay Isle Home Jackie Outdoor Reclining Chaise Lounge

OK, adding an outdoor chaise lounge to your living room might not be your first interiors instinct but hear me out. This versatile option from Bay Isle folds entirely flat, so it could double as a daybed or a large bench.

Buy: Bay Isle Home Jackie Outdoor Reclining Chaise Lounge, $279.99 from Wayfair

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7. Pottery Barn Sunbrella Keval Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

You can never have enough throw pillows in your home, right? If you’ve already added a few all-weather cushions to your outdoor space, you’ll be happy to hear that they’ll look just as good indoors. This indigo style from Pottery Barn is made with Sunbrella fabric, which is water-, mold-, and fade-resistant—not to mention it can also block damaging UV rays. It’ll stay in tip-top shape year-round, even if you place it near a sunny window or have young kids and pets.

Buy: Pottery Barn Sunbrella Keval Indoor/Outdoor Pillow, $79.50 from Pottery Barn

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8. World Market Round Gold Metal Laila Outdoor Occasional Coffee Table

A coffee table is a living room staple for good reason. Where else can you expect to place your laptop, cup of coffee, and a carefully-curated stack of art books? This versatile option features a weather-resistant, powder-coated finish, making it perfect for heavy outdoor and indoor use. Even better, its frame is leggy and its tabletop is frosted glass, so it’ll be an airy addition to any small space.

Buy: World Market Round Gold Metal Laila Outdoor Occasional Coffee Table, $219.99 from World Market

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9. Fresh American Braided Natural Ottoman

Looking for some extra seating or a convenient place to kick up your feet? Consider adding an outdoor ottoman to your space like this one from Fresh American. Not only will the braided style give your space a cool coastal vibe, but it’s also made with durable, eco-friendly recycled plastic. Translation: This ottoman definitely has Mother Nature’s seal of approval.

Buy: Fresh American Braided Natural Ottoman, $260.00 from Wayfair

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10. Rugs USA Beige Indoor/Outdoor Tribal Striped Tassels Area Rug

An outdoor rug can be a great way to bring your interior design style to your backyard, so why can’t it work both ways? Decked out with small tassels, this option from Rugs USA can seamlessly transition from outdoors to indoors. Plus, between the neutral color palette and globally-inspired patterns, this area rug will look good in a range of different style spaces.

Buy: Beige Indoor/Outdoor Tribal Striped Tassels Area Rug, Starting at $183.29 $86.90 for a 5-foot by 8-foot rug from Rugs USA