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Great Ideas for Better Outdoor Living ~ No matter your budget, there are plenty of ways to make an outdoor space pretty, practical and even more enjoyable.

Add interest overhead and extend your outdoor space’s usable hours by hanging sconces over the dining table. Here, silver sconces in different shapes and hung at varying levels provide a fun focal point in this mostly white outdoor room.

There's nothing quite like taking a Sunday afternoon nap in your own backyard hammock. Don't worry if you don't have two perfectly spaced trees to hang one from. Attach the hammock to a pergola like these homeowners did, and still benefit from the shade the pergola provides. A hammock stand is another option.



Define your outdoor dining area with a pergola. Not only will it make your dining area cozier for your guests, but the overhead covering will provide welcome shade on hot, sunny days. Hang a few lights from the pergola for finished looked that will allow you to continue using the space after the sun sets.

One key to any successful outdoor space is privacy. Here, a wooden wall serves double duty -- offering privacy and providing an attractive backsplash for the outdoor kitchen. Lush plantings pick up the privacy where the wall leaves off.

Give your outdoor space a unique flair by choosing a bold color for your furniture. On a budget? It’s amazing what a can of spray paint will do for old, rusty furniture. The cheery orange used on this outdoor furniture is also found inside, helping connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

An outdoor heating element hung from the pergola extends the seasonality of this outdoor space. Soft furniture and colorful throw pillows make it an even cozier spot to relax. A few steps away, doors and windows featuring full-length glass connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

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