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 you have naturally for the reason that space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you have some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point of your own new outdoor living room such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a great 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 can be other qualities you could potentially start with, such as a lovely angle of morning sun, maybe a nice brick wall on a single side creating a microclimate, or even an interesting urban view of some kind.