Stop separating the outside in your home from the inside of your house, try to think of your premises as all one place. Look at your outdoor space, look at your yard and take inventory of the items you have naturally because space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you possess some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point of the new outdoor living area such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a nice slope, or a beautiful view. In urban locations, your yard could be a barren rectangle, with nothing within it but some dirt and weeds, but there could possibly be other qualities you could start with, such as a lovely angle of morning sun, maybe a nice brick wall on one side creating a microclimate, or even an interesting urban view of some kind.