BrightNest shares a few simple, inexpensive tweaks that help transform any outdoor space—such as a yard, patio, or courtyard—into an ideal cove for alfresco dining, which can save families thousands of dollars per year by creating an incentive to eat at home.

Among the six, budget-friendly suggestions, BrightNest recommends opting for furniture that can multi-task, and adding pots full of perennials to inject the space with color, visual interest—and even add market value to the home.

Go big: This may seem counterintuitive, but a few large pieces of furniture will stretch your dollar further than a collection of several small pieces. Plus, if you have limited outdoor living space, using large furniture instead of smaller pieces will prevent the area from feeling too cluttered.

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