Everything You Need to Create a Cozy Backyard This Fall

You don't have to head indoors as the temperatures drop. Keep your outdoor space warm and cozy with these essentials, and enjoy watching the leaves change colors.

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August 21, 2023

Fall is the best time of year to soak up your outdoor space. The weather is just right and the colorful foliage couldn't provide better scenery. Create a cozy seating area, complete with a fire pit (and all its essentials), comfortable chairs and layers of warm textiles. Have plates and cups on hand for last-minute snacks and cocktails, and illuminate your outdoors with smart lighting that makes the most of early evenings.

Prep your porch, patio or deck for the changing season with these decor essentials that will let you enjoy those crisp temps from sunrise to sunset.

$189.99 $154.99
Amazon

No fall evening is complete without a comforting fireside spot to keep the chill at bay. Get the best of both worlds with a fire pit table that offers both warmth as well as an outdoor tabletop. The woven steel finish boasts a simple, yet striking design that welcomes everyone to sit, relax and chat.

$358.20 $199
Wayfair

This durable steel fire pit has a mesh screen to keep embers safely at bay. The deep bowl design has plenty of room for firewood and is easy to tend to and clean. When you're ready to roast marshmallows or hotdogs, simply remove the spark screen with the included poker.

From $24.50
Pottery Barn

Infuse the stars of the season into your outdoor space with these faux pumpkins and gourds. The hand-painted decorations provide quintessential autumn colors and textures that are sure to shine on those chilly days.

$23
Amazon

There's nothing quite like heading out to your cozy fire with a steaming cup of your favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The drink-through lid prevents any spills, and the double-wall vacuum insulation will keep your drink toasty for almost two hours.

From $6.81
Etsy | ForestLion

Make your life a little easier (and cuter) with these pinecone fire starters. Instead of building the perfect teepee with twigs and paper, throw one of these wax-and-pinecone combinations into your fire pit for a quick-starting flame.

$17.96 (Pack of 12)
Amazon

Transform a normal evening into something completely magical with these color-changing packets that turn your fire into a rainbow of hues. A single packet burns for an hour — perfect for delighting adults and kids alike.

$199
Pottery Barn

Keep your firewood stacked neatly and stylishly. Ready for your next fireside chat, this design has a gunmetal finish, holds your logs in tidy stacks and has a sling for your kindling.

$9.99 (Pack of 5)
Amazon

To get the perfect roast on your marshmallow or hot dog, grab these telescopic forks. They keep you and your kiddos a safe distance from the fire, and each stick has a different color so everyone can keep track of their own.

$169.99 $135.99
Amazon

Comfortable seating is a must for gathering around the fire pit. These classic Adirondack chairs come in a myriad of colors and even fold up so that they can be easily stored away when you don't need extras outside.

$29.98
Amazon

Set the mood with string lights. Waterproof and shatterproof, the bulbs are made of plastic so they're safer and more durable than traditional glass. With night falling early, these beautiful lights will let you enjoy your backyard at any time.

$60
Target

Add softness and pattern underfoot with this Aztec-themed outdoor area rug. Made with an anti-slip backing, the flat-pile rug keeps everyone on firm feet, even when wet. Made from polypropylene and polyester, the rug is hard-wearing and water-resistant.

$40 $22.99
Amazon

A basket full of blankets by your back door or on your deck make them easy to grab when the temperature drops. We love these classic handwoven throws to wrap around you and your guests.

$79.99 (Set of 2)
Amazon

Flank your back door with a pair of lanterns, or set one on a tabletop to add cozy charm to your outdoor decorations to create an enchanted display. This weatherproof set comes complete with battery-operated candles that will illuminate your space once the sun goes down.

$25
Target

Welcome the harvest season with this embroidered pumpkin throw pillow. With a cotton-linen exterior and super soft filling, the cuddly accessory is an adorable addition to your outdoor living space.

From $29.50
Pottery Barn

What a fun way to add your pumpkin love to your backyard! Covered in teddy bear-style fabric, these festive pillows are nubby and cushy, adding plush texture and a classic fall silhouette to your space.

$59
Urban Outfitters

Have floor cushions on hand for extra seating and to keep bums off the cold ground. These earth-toned pillows add rich hues and depth to your outdoor space. Store them in a covered bin or right inside the door to keep them weather-safe.

$64 (Set of 4)
Food52

Serve up tasty appetizers and treats on this set of melamine plates. The gorgeous terra-cotta plates evoke instant warmth and bring fall-like hues to your outdoor setting.

$109.99 $99.99
Amazon

Create the perfect ambiance with smooth tunes. The portable and waterproof speaker offers 24 hours of playback time with customizable settings straight from your phone.

$20.95
Williams Sonoma

Because copper mugs seem like they're made for fall drinking, adapt your summer Moscow mule recipe to include cranberries. These hammered copper mugs will house any mule adaptions you want to throw in them and best of all, they're personalizable.

$80
Uncommon Goods

Have a fun game you can revel in while wrapped up in snuggly blankets and sitting by the warm fire. This oversized set of dominos is handmade from solid pine wood and won't have you running around the yard in the cold to play.

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