Emily Henderson's top 5 patio makeover tips
Los Angeles-based interior designer Emily Henderson, winner of HGTV’s "DesignStar" in 2010 and star of the network's "Secrets From A Stylist," was recently named Target's new home style expert. We asked Emily to share her top tips for updating your patio this season, along with some of her favorite outdoor-ready Target goodies.
Create an outdoor living room
"By simply clustering a wicker loveseat and chairs around a coffee table on a colorful patio rug, like this navy chevron pattern one, you’ve defined a space that’s primed for a little R&R," says Emily. "I love the Threshold Heatherstone Wicker Patio Conversation Furniture Collection—it looks super comfortable and sophisticated, but simple enough that it can easily transition into different styles with just the changing of accessories."
Pictured:Threshold Heatherstone Wicker Four-Piece Patio Conversation Furniture Set, $956, target.com
Create a garden on your deck
"I can’t tell you how to keep plants alive, but I sure know how to style them up," says Emily. "Fill pots in different sizes and colors with beautiful blooms and group them in threes or fives. These colorful planters come in lots of sizes and are inexpensive so you can turn your deck or patio into a garden, no yard required."
Pictured: Threshold Stoneware Planters, $12.99, target.com
Let there be light
"Everyone loves warm summer nights, but good lighting is important," says Emily. "Cluster a few of these lanterns together or scatter them around the deck. They’re rust-resistant and can sit outside in any weather. And don’t be afraid to repurpose your string lights! I love adding s1light to trees, or stringing them across a space to add a little pizzazz."
Pictured: Room Essentials Frosted Globe Lights, $14.99, target.com
Add color and comfort
"Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to liven up any space, especially outdoors," says Emily. "Mix shapes, sizes and colors for a fun and eclectic look. Be sure to choose outdoor pillows that are weather-resistant and won’t fade in the sun."
Pictured:Threshold Two-Piece Square Outdoor Toss Pillow Set in Turquoise Circles, $24, target.com
Add extra seating
"When you entertain a crowd, there are never enough seats and it's not like you want five sofas outside," says Emily. "I love using outdoor fabric poufs as an inexpensive and versatile option. They’re light enough to move around but comfy enough that guests will love to plop down on one and sip on a margarita."
Pictured: Threshold Outdoor Fabric Pouf in Navy Stripes, from $31.99, target.com