Looking for ways to decorate your outdoor living spaces? This post is full of ideas for cozy conversation areas, outdoor dining space ideas, and fire pit inspiration. Come tour my outdoor living spaces.

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About My Outdoor Living Spaces

My two favorite outdoor living spaces right now are my deck and fire pit areas.

I love hanging outside and both these spots are perfect for summer hangs.

What I love most about them is they are warm, cozy, and inviting with views of my backyard gardens.

My decorating style is a garden-inspired, rustic farmhouse.

As an avid gardener, I love to bring the outdoors in and decorate my home based on what’s going on outside.

So it’s no surprise that my exterior spaces would be centered around my flower gardens.

I love to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful blooms.

Outdoor Living Space Home Tour

Welcome to My Home!

As you walk up to my house, you’ll see expansive flower gardens.

While not part of my outdoor living spaces per se, they add to the curb appeal of my home.

Oftentimes, I’ll grab a seat and enjoy the views.

7 Tips to Get the Best Curb Appeal
7 Tips to Get the Best Curb Appeal

As you walk to my front door, you’ll be greeted by gorgeous perennial and annual flowers in the front walkway garden.

This garden has been a labor of love since adding to our small 3 bedroom ranch home 15 years ago.

And I love to sit on the front porch and enjoy the hard work that I put into my cottage garden.

Gardening for Hummingbirds
Gardening for Hummingbirds

But that’s enough of the front gardens.

Let’s hang out in the backyard where we love to relax and entertain our family and friends.

Gardening For Hummingbirds

Welcome to My Backyard Garden!

As we head into the backyard, you’ll see the garden shed that I made over and then refreshed again.

Directly in front of the shed is my vegetable garden where I am currently growing different tomato varieties, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, strawberries, zucchini, sweet peas, peppers, basil, cilantro, and parsley.

7 Tips to Get the Best Curb Appeal

The Fire Pit Garden

The fire pit area is to the right when we walk into the backyard.

This is one of our favorite spaces during the summer.

We love to listen to good tunes, roast marshmallows, and enjoy some good quality family time in front of a roaring bonfire.

Outdoor Living Space Home Tour

We don’t always sit here with fire though.

Sometimes, we enjoy the view of the backyard gardens while sitting under the tree.

I love sitting in the gardens and enjoying all the pretty flowers.

Outdoor LIving Space Home Tour

We bought these adirondack chairs several years ago from one of the local woodshops.

They used to be barn red.

But I decided to paint them after painting my garden shed this year.

I had leftover paint and it was time to get rid of the red.

Doesn’t the neutral color just blend in with the rest of the hardscaping?

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Now that my kids are grown, we dismantled the playset that used to be here in the in middle of the backyard.

It used to be the view from the fire pit garden.

The only remaining piece from the play set is this ladder that sat like an A-frame when we dismantled it.

I thought it would be fun to keep it for sentimental reasons.

And then grow some climbing roses up it.

Outdoor Living Space Home Tour

The backyard looks so strange now without the playset.

But I’m getting more used to it.

We recently added a bunch of solar lights to this area.

The solar string lights not only help with lighting but also add a lot of ambiance.

It looks so pretty with a fire going at night!

Garden Shed Makeover

I hung some solar lanterns on shepherds hooks and strung solar string lights around the area to add ambiance and visibility.

Do you believe these are solar lights?

They work really well.

The lights turn on at dark and off in the morning.

And they have a soft warm white glow too. I really love them.

To learn how to hang string lights in the garden when there is nothing to attach them to, click here.

Outdoor Summer Living Spaces Tour

Outdoor Living on the Deck

In addition to the fire pit area, we have a multi-tiered deck that houses both a dining area and living space with an outdoor fireplace.

We are out here as much as we can during the warmer New Jersey months.

Outdoor Summer Living Spaces

I bring all of my houseplants outside to summer out here on the deck.

And I also plant several container gardens with lots of pretty summer flowers.

This year’s color theme is pink.

Outdoor LIving Space Home Tour
Outdoor Living Space Home Tour

We probably spend the most of our time out here.

Coffee in the morning, brunch a bit later, then dinner on the deck is the place to be.

But it is even better at night when we turn on these gorgeous twinkle lights.

Outdoor Summer Living Spaces

The outdoor living room area is probably the least used outdoor living space.

Not that we don’t enjoy sitting here, because we do.

But we tend to sit at the dining table under the gazebo or the fire pit more often.

This deck is enjoyable mid-day when it is shaded by the trees.

It offers a great view of the backyard gardens and is a great spot to read a book.

We’ve had this wicker deck furniture for too long.

I would love to update it with an outdoor sectional sofa.

Maybe next year.

Outdoor Living Space Home Tour
Outdoor LIving Space Home Tour

I really appreciate you stopping by the blog today.

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour! I can’t wait to follow along with yours! xoxo

  1. Your space is more than lovely but there’s no word that comes to mind! It’s so lush and peaceful. How in the world do it keep it so clean on the decks? I love it all.

    1. Thank you Cindy!! It’s a chore – we have to blow them off weekly but it’s not too bad! Thank you so much for your kind words – I really appreciate it and am thrilled you stopped by! xoxo

  2. Oh Stacy I loved your garden tour! That backyard fire pit with the Adirondacks is such a pretty area! I would never want to leave! I also am so intrigued by your shed makeover and can’t wait to see more!

  3. Stacy this was all amazing. We have been trying to decide on a firepit we want for here in Maine and Vermont too honestly. And yours is exactly what I want for here in Maine. YES thanks so much my friend. It was so beautiful

    1. Thank you Ann! I can’t wait to see what you guys build! I love ours because it is tall enough where the dogs can’t get too close.xoxo

  4. You’ve created so many beautiful areas in your yard Stacy. Thanks for joining our summer outdoor spaces blog hop.

  5. What a calming space you have created! I could sit there for hours with a good book! Always love seeing your spaces and gathering inspiration from you, thanks for hopping along!

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