How to Bring the Indoors Out: Inspiration for Cool, Doable, Outdoor Living Spaces

At Rexius, we’re big fans of spending as much time outside as possible. Creating inviting outdoor spaces that function as extensions of your indoor space is one of the best ways to ensure that you won’t waste a minute of fresh air. If you’re looking for some ideas for how to do this in your own home, look no further.

Make a Meal of It

Adding an en-plein-air dining table is one of the easiest ways to shift your lifestyle outside. If you invest in the right shelter and/or heat sources, you can eat outside year-round, in any weather, and reap the benefits of fresh air.

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Light a Fire

Whether you opt for gas or wood-burning, nothing says cozy like an outdoor fireplace. And no, we’re not talking about a fire pit or even a chiminea. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those, but there’s just something about an actual fireplace that really lends an air of stateliness to a room (or lack thereof).

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Shed Some [More] Light

Lighting can be the difference between feeling like you’re being hunted by the police and feeling like you’ve stepped into a movie about someone who’s living your life — but better. String lights are good because they create an undeniable ambiance, but they’re far from your only option. Look into chandeliers, recessed lighting, and creative ways to light trees to find what works for you.

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Combine Your Love of Lounging with Your Love of Fresh Air

Never underestimate the power of a good, solid sofa when it comes to building a consistently comfortable space in which your family will gather. Many upholstered, outdoor couches now look — and feel — just like the one in your living room, but are made with weather-resistant materials. Choose one that suits your style, grab some blankets, and do your couch potato thing — outside!

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Let Your Bathtub Transport You

Outdoor showers are nothing new (they’re well known and widely loved for their vacation-mimicking, mood-enhancing qualities). Outdoor tubs, though? Oh yes, they’re a thing. A glorious thing that should probably be a part of your life.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Move Your Kitchen Outside

Pretty much any kitchen appliance can be installed outside, as long as you’ve got adequate shelter (and the right hookups). We’ve seen some incredible outdoor kitchens with everything from granite counters and wine coolers to dedicated pizza ovens and unimpeded mountain views.

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When it comes to moving the indoors out, the sky’s literally the limit, so mentally conjure up your dream outdoor living space and then get to work making it a reality! And, of course, don’t forget to share with Rexius on Facebook, Instagram, or via email.