Are you ready to create an outdoor room?

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You don’t need a pergola or covered canopy to create a cozy outdoor room. Many simply have an umbrella  and cozy lounge furniture. If you are not fortunate enough to have a gorgeous brick fireplace as a backdrop ( we are not that fortunate) you could use an exterior wall of your home as a backdrop.

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 Wicker furniture

A decorative trellis is a great idea for creating a beautiful backdrop in an outdoor room.

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  1. Oh so many beautiful inspiration photos, Jessica! I am DYING to get outside. We had our deck restored in the the fall – it’s been a total eyesore for the two summers we’ve lived here – and I can’t wait to make it pretty this year (and of course, sit out there on it with friends and a summer cocktail!!) I tell ya, if I see one more snowflake, Mother Nature and I are going to have a fistfight.

    1. Hey Lisa! I agree, the cold weather needs to go away. I thought we were headed for warmth until today!

  2. ValenzMom a/k/a Helen says:

    One inexpensive way to add a “ceiling” to the top of your pergola or screening to any outdoor room is with that mesh ground cover you can buy by the yard at Lowe’s or Home Depot. It comes in black, tan or green. It’s much cheaper and easier to use than actual metal screening (plus it comes in colors). Just measure it to length, add extra at the edges to wrap around some thin wood strips, then pull taut and nail into your frame. That’s how we screened in our porch and it lasted several years through rain storms and heavy winds in Texas. We used black and it really gave us lots of shade, too. It really helped keep most of the mosquitos out so we could eat dinner on the patio in the evenings all during the spring, summer and into the fall.

  3. Love this whole post! I have the perfect space to do this and I can’t wait until it warms up enough to start working on it! Totally pinning. 🙂

    Have a great Easter rock star!

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