Create a Home-Outside-of-Home Oasis
If scanning your yard makes you sleepy, it's time to wake things up by redefining the layout. Think of your yard as an open-concept interior space. Indoors, you typically define spaces with area rugs, but outdoors, privacy screens act as exterior walls to help form sitting spaces, reading retreats, and alfresco dining areas. Be smart about it — choose sunny, shady, or less windy places for your outdoor "rooms," depending on intended use.
Once you've carved out the space, fill in these enclaves with outdoor furniture, outdoor rugs, weather-resistant accessories, and lighting (think string lights, tea-light lanterns or votive "chandeliers")