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Green Rooms in a Box Series: Colorful Patio Under $2000

Green Rooms in a Box Series: Colorful Patio Under $2000

Readers voted to see this patio weeks ago, and it is long overdue. I know we’re almost completely past the outdoor living season, but that makes it a great time to shop for next year, since furniture, umbrellas and other patio furnishings will be marked down, sometimes drastically. The table and chairs set in this room was marked down more than $100. This helped me stay within budget while still creating a versatile space with dining space for 4 and a lounge area.

Today’s Room: This space is vibrant and fun, and clearly not afraid of color. The key to using several colors in a room without losing focus is to repeat accent colors throughout, and to use at least one neutral color, in this case brown, to anchor the space. See something you love? Find out where to get it below:

  1. Colorful Solar Lanterns from Brookstone | $19.95/ea.; $59.85 for 3 | Use solar-powered LED lights
  2. Indoor Outdoor Aqua Pillow from etsy seller mustlovehomedecor | $21/ea.; $63 for 3 | Handmade from repurposed non-vinyl indoor/outdoor fabric tablecloths
  3. Teal Recycled Glass Beverage Set from Viva Terra | $39, includes pitcher & six tumblers | Made of recycled glass
  4. Arbor Chaise & Side Table by Crate & Barrel | $549, Chaise; $100, Side Table | Made of FSC-certified, plantation-grown eucalyptus and finished with mineral oil
  5. Buddha Plaque from Viva Terra | $49 | Made of terra cotta (aff)
  6. Arbor Round Dining Group from Crate & Barrel | $999, includes round table & 4 chairs | Made of FSC-certified, plantation-grown eucalyptus and finished with mineral oil
  7. Rice Husk Planters | $6.50/ea.; $39 for 6 | Made of rice husks, a natural byproduct of renewable, sustainable crops, contain no harmful chemical or petroleum ingredients and deplete no natural resources and are biodegradable and compostable


TOTAL: $1797.85 | There’s plenty of room left in the budget for an umbrella or some other type of shade system if you don’t already have a covered patio.


Sol Dinnerware with Turquoise Bowls from Viva Terra | $198 | Made of recycled glass (aff) | Who says you can’t take fancy dinnerware outside? This set is made of recycled glass, and though the decor could be complete without this dinnerware, it perfectly complements the other colors in this palette. They are also a replacement for disposable dinnerware, which wastes resources and ends up in the landfill.


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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Linda Pare
    October 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much for including my pillows in your patio series. I just love the way all the items work together and don’t break the bank.

    Linda Pares last blog post..Travel Pillow – Uptown Brown and Green

  • ZAJA Natural
    October 10, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Very colorful! I can’t wait to own my own home so that I can go to town painting and decorating.

  • jennae
    October 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    @ Linda No need to thank me. Your pillows are beautiful! They are, in large part, what inspired the color palette.

    @ ZAJA Natural Who are you telling? I can’t wait to be a homeowner!

  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland
    October 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I love the color. Usually we just have drab colors outside. black, brown, etc. This is a nice change!

  • Sherry
    October 12, 2008 at 5:41 am

    I love this.


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