Outdoor Living

These porches, decks and other outdoor spaces prove the best room in your house could be outside.

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6 Great Picks for Outdoor Lighting
Your patio, porch or deck will be glowing long after the sun sets with these bright ideas.
A Backyard Pool House With Fun Island Vibes
Key West, meet Midwest. In central Illinois, lifelong friends team up to create an island-inspired backyard retreat in a new pool house.
How to Turn Your Patio Into a Bright, Urban Oasis
The lingering nights of summer are months away, but the time to prep the patio is now. Let the inspiration games begin with this leafy urban oasis.
How a Chicago Chef Transformed Her Backyard into an Outdoor Kitchen
Chicago chef Stephanie Izard shares how she turned her urban backyard into a compact, can-do outdoor kitchen.
An Outdoor Retreat Full of Colors and Lights
To get into this hot Windy City hangout, you have to know the owners—a couple who turned their plain backyard into party central. There's even a house band.
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5 Tips for Avoiding Mosquitoes
Take back your yard from mosquitoes with smart landscaping and natural products. Our science-backed tips help scatter the swarm.
How To Create A Magical Patio for Entertaining
Gathering outside with friends and family on a Midwest summer evening is one of the season's many pleasures. Here are tips for how to set the scene for enchanting patio entertaining.
Outdoor Rooms You'll Love

Take your porch, patio, deck or yard to the next level. Browse our photos for inspiration to create a beautiful outdoor room, including living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens.