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Outdoor Living Room Reveal!

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.

Image of gazebo covered outdoor living room with fireplace, cozy modern furniture, an outdoor rug, outdoor curtains

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.

beach bed with curtains

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.

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

The Gazebo

We chose the Yardistry Gazebo kit from Costco (it’s the one they have set up in-store). You can read my review of the Costco gazebo here.

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.
This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

Curtains

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!

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

A. Laguna Outdoor Sofa by Serta

B. Steel Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplace

C. Extra-Long Shower Curtains

E. Dark Blue Outdoor Papasan Cushion

F. Outdoor Rug

G. Weathered Wood End Table

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.
This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.
This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.
This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

Outdoor Fireplace

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

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!

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

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!

This covered outdoor living room on a budget is the perfect backyard Summer spot to relax! It's got a fireplace to roast marshmallows, cozy modern furniture, and an outdoor rug.

More Outdoor Living Ideas…

18 Outdoor Rugs Under $150

Easy DIY String Light Poles

Backyard Lighting Ideas

One-Weekend Patio Makeover

Do you have plans for an outdoor living space? I would love to hear about them! Tell me about them in the comments below.

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31 Comments

  1. I wanna have an outdoor living room like this too! The design is so nice! I can definitely stay there for hours! I just wish we had a huge space to have this setup haha

  2. This place is so beautiful. I would love to be there with my family. It is such a nice place for relaxation and for a night date with my husband.

  3. OMG! your living room is a winner. This is something that I really want. Perfect since I am planning to a quick living room upgrade.

  4. I love the idea of an outdoor living room! You did an outstanding job and it looks really gorgeous. Well done you!

    1. Thank you! I just nailed them up. I think I used push pins and a rubber mallet the first year, but I had to keep reattaching them.

  5. Amazing. I am going to be a copycat and steal your ideas. Hope you are ok with it. It’s beautiful.

    1. Thanks Sarah! I got them from Pier 1 a few years ago. Unfortunately I believe they went out of business. But I’m pretty sure you can still find outdoor papasans from other places.

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