This outdoor living room on a budget is a romantic spot for drinks by the fire. Cozy patio furniture and curtains complete the outdoor living space.
I finally got around to taking photos of my all-time favorite space: my outdoor living room, and I can’t wait to share them with you!
A few years ago we stayed at a resort in Mexico, and they had these gorgeous beach beds, complete with curtains. I was in love. And that’s what inspired my outdoor living room.
I realized how wonderful it would be to sit and read a book on a comfy cushioned something with a cold drink, the birds chirping, a slight breeze rumpling the curtains, and not a care in the world… except maybe the kids fighting in the sandbox.
So I went to work planning out my outdoor living space. Really the hard part was convincing Peter that I needed a gazebo. But as you can see, he eventually came around to the idea.
We tend to have rain/mud & mildew problems here in Seattle, so I was a little concerned about keeping white curtains white. I found these awesome extra-long shower curtains on Amazon. Who knew you could get 96″ long shower curtains? I honestly thought I would have to replace these all the time, but we’re on year three and they’re looking white and crisp as ever! Update: Here’s a quick tutorial to make and hang these ultra-easy DIY outdoor curtains! No signs of shredding either. Highly recommend. I bought two more (the normal length) for the kids’ playhouse too!
Last summer we added the fireplace. It isn’t perfect, and I did follow the advice of some reviewers and spray paint it with black high-heat paint before we used it to prevent rust. But after seeing the price point on stone outdoor fireplace kits, this was looking pretty good at around $160!
We love spending time out here on summer nights after the kids are in bed! Still working on finding a good natural mosquito repellent though! If you have one, please tell me about it in the comments!
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Do you have plans for an outdoor living space? I would love to hear about them! Tell me about them in the comments below.