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