Here's a breakdown of the staples of my porch:
1. My chairs and settee: were given to us by a friend who wasn't using them anymore, a little spray paint and they were as good as new!
2. My patio cushions: I always get at At Home- they have the most inexpensive cushions and the best variety of colors and sizes!
3. All my side tables are thrifted/vintage. They aren't necessarily outdoor tables but they look fine when they get a little weathered. The coffee table is my favorite, which is made from an old chicken coop we got at a garage sale and I just added furniture legs to it (get all the details on that later in this post).
4. Outdoor rug: Target is my go-to for outdoor rugs, they have great patterns and they are super durable.
5. Makeshift bar: Every patio needs a little serving space! I used an old metal table (bought at a garage sale for $10) as a sideboard for serving snacks/drinks. All the accessories on it are vintage or from Homegoods.
6. Wall art: Having something on your patio walls makes the space feel more like a cozy living space. This old tobacco basket (bought at a garage sale) is a perfect option because it can hold up to the outdoor elements while adding interest to the blank walls.
7. Planters: I love having an eclectic mix of planters. I have tons of vintage brass planters (mostly found at garage sales) but also like mixing in new planters like these gold-dipped ones from Target. I also love the texture that these vintage hanging macrame planters from Street Scene Vintage add to the space. I get most of my plants from Lowe's or local greenhouse, Pemberton's. For me, plants are a must for a porch and I would choose this to splurge on above anything else. These are really going to make your porch feel perfectly styled, bright, and like a space straight out of a magazine.
8. Pillows: I must confess, not all my pillows are outdoor, but this space is covered so they really never get wet. I'm so pillow-obsessed that I keep a stockpile of "extra" pillows in one of our closets that I'm constantly pulling from to switch pillows out all around the house; so I can afford to use a few on the patio too for some extra pattern and color. My favorite places to get outdoor pillows are Pier 1 and Target.
Those are the basic items that I build my patio off of every year. Finding a majority of my furniture from thrift stores and garage sales allows me to save money for newer items like my rug, pillows, and plants. I've added more details of where I purchase all my accessories and porch decor throughout the post below.