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Spring is in full bloom (seriously, pass the antihistamine) and as the days grow longer, we’re starting to spend more time outdoors. Why not spruce up your backyard or balcony with stylish accessories and decor? Here we’ve rounded up 13 items that will make patio season more enjoyable for all.

1. Outdoor rug from Target, $149.99

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The Azure Text Diamond outdoor rug from Smith & Hawken is weather, stain and fade resistant. Use it to add color and texture to your patio, or bring it inside to protect spill-prone areas.

2. Mason Jar Firefly string lights from World Market, $24.99

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Are these the most adorable string lights EVER? We certainly think so. Each tiny mason jar is filled with five micro-LED lights that glow like fireflies.

3. The Go Plate set from Urban Outfitters, $16

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If you don’t have these for your next barbecue you may as well cancel it! These reusable BPA-free plastic plates are the greatest invention of the 21st century.

4. Plant pot with holder from IKEA, $29.99

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Transform an ordinary condo balcony into an urban jungle. Hang the flower box and plant pots from a balcony rail to green up your space.

5. Outdoor pillow from Bouclair, $19.99

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Designer Lisa Canning turned us on to the outdoor products offered by Bouclair. Their decorative pillows are available in a variety of colors and patterns, all priced under $23.

6. Trent windchime from CB2, $29.95

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This ain’t your grandma’s windchime! The white and black ceramic matte chimes look more like a piece of art than an outdoor accessory.

7. Outdoor lantern from One King’s Lane, $45.00

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This perforated metal lantern creates a scattered, soft diffusion of light that will add ambiance to your backyard or balcony.

8. Patio rolling cooler from Wayfair, $140.67

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Keep your drinks cold and your outdoor space looking fresh. This insulated rolling cooler is available in lime, orange, red and teal. It includes a bottle opener and cap catcher, which in our opinion, is a *very* important feature.

9. Striped bocce set from Waiting on Martha, $40

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Bocce ball is the curling of summer. While the game is typically played on natural soil or asphalt, your backyard will do just fine. This classic striped set is made of pine and easy to transport.

10. Marimekko for Target outdoor pouf, $49.99

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Marimekko’s bold, playful patterns are inspired by nature, so it’s no wonder the Finish brand integrated outdoor fabrics into their new Target line. This outdoor pouf is UV, water, weather and stain resistant with 3M Scotchgard™.

11. Seersucker stripe picnic throw from West Elm, $34

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A durable throw blanket is essential for all kinds of activities — like outdoor movies, picnics, beach trips and camping. This seersucker-inspired throw is currently on sale and features dip-dyed tassels for a whimsical look.

12. Patterned seat cushion from H&M Home, $12.99

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Upgrade tired patio furniture with colorful seat cushions. These cotton weave products from H&M are available in eight cheerful patterns.

13. Terrarium from Joss & Main, $13.95

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Add tealights or air plants to this glass paneled terrarium with a weathered frame. Use it to add character to an al fresco dining table.

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