If you live in the Northeastern United States, then you know that this time of year is pretty glorious. It's when you move the long-underwear and wool hats to the far, far back of the closet and ... set up your outdoor living room! If you haven't had one before, treat yourself right and create one. Outdoor rooms mean drinks in the garden with friends, zen escapes, and lazy living — or anything else that makes you happy.
For me, a backyard room's a unique space with a little privacy that brings indoor comforts out. To start decorating, find accessories typically used inside (rugs, picture frames, pillows) and arrange them in a space that's defined (or use them to define the space). Choose pieces that are weather-friendly (ie. outdoor rugs) or that you don't mind seeing acquire that special been-outdoors-all-summer patina.
Here are three takes on the backyard room that might inspire you:
2. Room with salad.
Upcycle wood pallets to build an outdoor room complete with a garden on the ground AND on the wall! Paint the pallets any color you like. Red isn't for everyone. This plan is cool for either a rural or an urban setting.