As spring turns into summer and the days get warmer, it’s the ideal time to transform your patio, deck, garden, or even your entire yard into a serene lounge space. Think about setting up your outdoor living space much like you would when planning your interiors. These days, we’re spending a great deal of time at home: Not only are we working from home and relaxing there in the evenings, too, we’re also hosting small, distanced gatherings in our outdoor spaces and planning staycations. Here are four key ideas to keep in mind when creating your at-home retreat.


1.Design an alfresco dining spot.

Take dinner (and breakfast, lunch, and happy hour) outdoors. Create a fresh-air dining space you’ll use all season long!

Above: Raise the bar on outdoor living with this bar stool set. Crafted for style and durability, this outdoor bar stool set caters with sturdy armrests, an ample footrest, high shell back and waterfall wrapped seat for curvaceous comfort. Adding to its appeal: a standout two-tone finish that pairs a light driftwood and black for twice the interest and a slatted design to easily shed rainwater.  


2. Add an outdoor rug.

Just as you would indoors, define your outdoor living “room” with a rug—a sustainably crafted and easy-to-clean indoor-outdoor one, made from recycled polyester (PET) for long-lasting use. 


3. Bring the indoors out.

A comfortable, good-looking sofa, designed for outdoors: Sturdy, timeless, and built for year-round living, the Peninsula Sofa features an open-weave, light and airy design. Finished in an ultra-realistic Raffia resin wicker, the Peninsula Sofa features a high back and cushioned seating for ultimate comfort in your outdoor living room.


4. Create the perfect plant oasis & garden.

Pots and planters can be moved according to sun and temperature conditions; you can control the soil and nutrients within them; and they’re gentler on the gardener’s back. Plus, you can use them to soften the edges of a patio or terrace, add privacy, and create the feeling of verdant rooms.