Stop separating the outside of your dwelling 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 products you have naturally in this 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 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 inside it but some dirt and weeds, but there could possibly be other qualities you could potentially 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.