Outdoor living spaces are a wonderful way to expand the size of the gathering areas of your home. Our home has a fantastic pergola and deck off the kitchen/dining area, and it gets lots of use in the warmer months. When it’s just the three of us, we often dine al fresco in the evenings. Plus, it’s like having a second living and dining space, especially when we have guests during warmer months. And while it doesn’t need attention weekly like most indoor rooms, it does require care so that cushion and fabric items last longer than 1-2 seasons.