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