Stop separating the outside of your home from the inside of your house, try to think of your home as all one place. Look at your outdoor space, look at your yard and take inventory of the items you have naturally in the 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 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 in it but some dirt and weeds, but there could 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.