How to Create an Outdoor Living Room

As summer approaches and evenings grow longer, flowers are in full bloom, and the vegetables are ripening, it's time to evolve the porch into an outdoor living room. Here are a few tips and tricks to make it feel like an extension of the house, which is exactly what we think a back porch should be.

Creating a space outdoors is very similar to creating a room indoors.

1. An outdoor rug, like the recycled one pictured from Gaiam, can set the stage, giving you a base to work from. Just as in a living room, anchor furniture around the rug.

2. Arrange with Conversation in Mind: Just because the space is outdoors doesn't mean it can't function just as a living room. Arrange outdoor furniture, like the reclaimed wine barrel chairs and table (Viva Terra), with conversation and relaxation in mind.

3. Don't Forget to Look Up! Hang a DIY outdoor chandelier from a tree branch or pergola lattice. These look gorgeous at any time, day or night, and kick up the class in your outdoor lounging area.

4. Bring in Some Fun Details: Potted plants, perhaps, or a set of servingware that suits your space—perfect for kicking back with fresh margaritas after a summer day spent in the garden.

Stay tuned—later this week we'll bring you photos of one of our favorite outdoor living rooms.

How do you create an outdoor living room?