Take It Outdoors! Everything You Need for an Alfresco Living Room

Take It Outdoors! Everything You Need for an Alfresco Living Room

Create a space so warm and inviting your friends will never want to leave. 

By Courtney Thompson

Whether you live in a region that offers a balmy climate year-round or a locale where summer really is the only time to relax in the open air (hello, New Jersey!), this is true: when the weather is beautiful, we all want to be outside. But if your patio resembles that of a frat house—comprised of mismatched, rickety chairs, a peeling table and a broken umbrella—well, no one’s going to want to join you out there. (Unless, of course, you have a son in a fraternity, in which case he’ll feel right at home!)

Enter: the outdoor living room. Here, the idea is that your indoor and outdoor living spaces are seamless in the comfort they give off—overstuffed couches? Check. Ample seating? Check. Plenty of counter and tabletop space for entertaining? Check!

If you’re working with a patio, deck or backyard, you want the space to be relaxing and inviting. Below we’ve curated the 15 items that will get you there. From a space-saving dining set and a bar cart on wheels to a folding end table and pretty-as-can-be bench (with storage!), these are the items that will make your next barbecue go off without a hitch. 

 

THE DINING TABLE

 

Oval Wood Lira 7 Piece Folding Dining Set

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, SALE $959 (Regularly $1,199, TK% Off!)

 

THE COUCH

 

Mercury Row Fennia 5 Piece Seating Group with Cushion

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $702 (Regularly $1,340, 48% Off!)

 

THE OUTDOOR CARPET

 

5'X8' Green Peacock Feather Woven Indoor Outdoor Rug

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, SALE $64.99 (Regularly $129.99, TK% Off!)

 

THE BAR CART

 

Mercury Row Cervinus Bar Serving Cart

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $184.99 (Regularly $289.99, 36% Off!)

 

THE LANTERN

 

Dublin Lantern

BUY FROM: Grandin Road, SALE $39.97-$55.97 (Regularly $49-$69, TK% Off!)

 

THE END TABLE

 

Farrah Outdoor Folding Table

BUY FROM: Grandin Road, $80-$109

 

THE FIRE PIT

 

Outland Living Fire Table

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $499 (Regularly $599, 17% Off!)

 

THE HANGING CHAIR

 

Swingasan Gray Hanging Chair

BUY FROM: Pier1, SALE $249.95 (Regularly $299, TK% Off!)

 

THE EXTRA SEATING

 

Three Posts Northridge Folding Chair Set of 6 With Cart

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $206.99 (Regularly $219, 6% Off!)

 

THE OTTOMAN

 

Plow & Hearth Ottoman

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $89.95

 

THE STORAGE BENCH

 

Keter Eden 70 Gal All Weather Outdoor Patio Storage Bench Deck Box

BUY FROM: Amazon, $105.99

 

THE COCKTAIL TABLE (& COOLER!)

 

Keter 7.5-Gal Cool Bar Rattan Style Outdoor Patio Pool Cooler Table

BUY FROM: Amazon, $62.97

 

THE LIGHTING

 

Smart Solar String Light Amalia Black

BUY FROM: Target, SALE $31.49 (Regularly $41.99, TK% Off!)

 

THE UMBRELLA

 

Treasure Garden 9- Foot Tilt Patio Umbrella

BUY FROM: Hayneedle, $189

 

THE HAMMOCK

 

Grandin Road Tufted Hammock

BUY FROM: Grandin Road, $469

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