It's almost summer and that means, among many other things, outdoor lounging. Like everyone else, we can't wait to get outside when the weather turns nice, and if you're lucky enough to have a backyard space (or even the smallest of porches or patios), chances are you're going to want to spend most of the summer out there with as many friends as you can gather. The key to having a backyard that your friends will love (and a spot where you can really kick back and relax after a long day) is to make it as cozy and as comfortable as your indoor living space. New technological developments in outdoor fabrics means that the rugs, pillows, and poufs that go in your outdoor room can look nice enough to put inside—which means no more rough, unpleasant textures or weird plastic smells. In fact, when it comes to textiles it can be a good idea in general to put outdoor rugs or pillows in high traffic areas (especially if you have kids or pets), because they're built to withstand the elements. That being said, it's also nice to have dedicated accessories for the outdoors so you don't have to worry about them getting dirty or caught in the rain.
You're going to want to stay a while, so make sure there are tons of comfy elements like pillows and throws to soften up the atmosphere (and keep guests snug after the sun goes down). Lighting is also clutch—make sure to swap out that ugly overhead one with some well-placed candles in lanterns and strings of cafe lights. It's all about creating a mood that's conducive to hanging out and relaxing. Here, some of our fave products to make the outdoor room of your dreams.