How to Create a Cozy and Inviting Outdoor Space

How to Create a Cozy and Inviting Outdoor Space
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Outdoor entertaining is definitely in—so Simply host Haley Cairo built a blueprint to make it easy for anyone to create the perfect outdoor living space for relaxing and hosting.

To help set her outdoor living room apart from the rest of her backyard, Haley chose a corner of her deck framed by a pergola. She invested in furniture in neutral hues and weather-resistant teak, so she can easily (and inexpensively!) change out the look with fresh pillows and accessories. Outdoor curtains and lighting help define the space and make it just as comfortable at night as it is during the day. For finishing touches, Haley picked planters and candle holders made of natural materials to give the area an earthy vibe.

Pro tip: Rather than fill big planters with heavy potting soil, Haley placed old cans and bottles in the bottom of each planter as a useful way to recycle. (The cans and bottles allow the soil to drain—and make the planters lighter so she can shift them around as needed.)

Willow Glen Sectional Sofa

Sturdy teak is the backbone of this sectional and coffee table set, which seats five comfortably. The creamy-white cushions are weather- and fade-resistant.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Genser Outdoor Chairs

This pair of armchairs shares the same natural vibe as the sectional (even if they aren't from the same manufacturer).

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Bluffdale Patio Side Table

This sleek patio side table is the perfect place to rest your lemonade and snacks.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

ATI Indoor/Outdoor Curtains

These indoor/outdoor curtains, made of mildew-resistant polyester, help filter and soften the light—and frame the outdoor lounge area.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Tension Rods

Tension rods make it easy to hang curtains outdoors without drilling or additional hardware.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

String Lights

Larger strings of bulbs illuminate the patio, so you can keep the party going into the night.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Curtain Hooks

For larger spaces, curtain hooks may be necessary to secure the outdoor curtain rod.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Screw In Hooks

These simple screw-in hooks are perfect for hanging strings of outdoor lights, small hanging baskets, and other accessories.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Lima Terrain Resin Planters

Lightweight, durable resin is given a weathered finish to add an earthy touch to your patio plantings.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Large Lantern

Slip a candle inside this sleek, modern lantern to add a soft glow to your nights on the patio.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Small Lantern

Pair this smaller lantern with the larger one to add atmosphere to your patio—and keep your candles lit, even on breezy evenings.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Striped Lumbar Pillow

Soft tan and cream stripes are a perfect match with the neutral patio furniture.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Natural Fiber Trim Pillow

Tan trim adds a little interest to these outdoor pillows—and each one is made with up to 15 bottles' worth of recycled plastic.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Natural Fiber Gusset Pillow

These faux natural fiber pillows are made from polyester fibers from recycled plastic bottles.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space

Zebra Pillows

Bold accent pillows, like these zebra-printed options, brighten up your backyard space.

Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space
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