Family Living Extended Into Outdoor Areas

Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn’t be. Plan space for your life style by incorporating ample seating, table surfaces, cushions, play areas, eating spots, and sunning areas. By carrying your design style outdoors, you can turn a patio, deck, or even a balcony into another room of the house. Many outdoor spaces have become quite elaborate, including seating areas, fireplaces and fire pits, full-size kitchens, and dining areas. If you have a pool, you may want to incorporate a cabana. Or you may create a basketball court or a spot for bocce ball or croquet. Even if your space isn’t that elaborate, you can still create a relaxing spot for lounging and entertaining.

Kerrie Kelly, Interior Designer & Author at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, shares her creative idea for a night of family fun outdoors!

Movie Night Outdoors

Your overall design should be able to accommodate your family’s favorite activities, from relaxation and casual gatherings to children’s games, barbecues, and entertaining. At the same time, it’s important that your outdoor space provide the same sense of privacy as interior rooms do.

Here, we have created movie night by layering on the pillows, popping some corn and using a white sheet as our screen to project movies all night long. If you prefer the high-tech route, simply bring our your iPad and download a couple flicks.

Chicago Interior Designer & TV Design Consultant, Erica Lugbill, shares with us how they transformed this beautiful pool area into an exquisite and comfortable outdoor living space.

A custom pergola creates the perfect shade solution for this outdoor living space.

By using indoor/outdoor fabrics and an area rug, this outdoor space transforms into a comfortable retreat.

How have you added living space to your home by sprucing up your outdoor areas?

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