4 Outdoor Living Spaces You Never Knew You Needed


Outdoor home and living spaces are some of our very favorite places. It’s so nice to have places to play, lounge-worthy pieces to relax, to enjoy one another, to share delicious (and long) family meals!  As city dwellers, these types of outdoor spaces are absolutely precious. And while we might put-up strong fights when our friends flee the city for the burbs, truth be told, we love visiting them at what we affectionately refer to as our country homes.

Whether you are a city dweller lucky enough to have a small yard, garden, or roof deck…or a suburban family with a big ol’ back yard, a front porch, or even a pool (SWOON)…we went one-stop shopping at Walmart.com for beautiful and fun ways to make awesome use of those spaces.  Seriously, can you imagine anything more fun than family movie night, sitting in a teepee on a swing, watching a blow-up screen???  Hello home vacation!!!  Or the peace of reading a book on a swing, for hours on end, cuddled up with your favorite people?  Or playing scrabble with your kids, outside on a rainy day?  Or…my personal favorite:  a long lingering family dinner outside where you just sit and talk and eat and laugh…for hours.

Here’s what we found on our one stop-shopping trip to Walmart.com for amazing outdoor home furnishings with these four specific spaces in mind:

  1. Costway 6pc Patio Sofa Furniture Set Pe Rattan Couch Outdoor Aluminum Cushioned Gray
  2. Unique Loom Outdoor Solid Borders Rug
  3. Oxford Garden Piscine Black Chaise Lounge (Set of 4)
  4. Cushion Source 17 x 17 in. Solid Sunbrella Indoor / Outdoor Throw Pillow
  5. Simply Daisy 16″ x 16″ Ikat Tears Geometric Outdoor Pillow
  6. iKayaa Metal Patio Elevated Garden Planter Box Flower Raised Garden Bed Vegetable Herb Gardening Ver
  7. Field Club Stained Tournament Cornhole Set
  8. Flash Furniture 30” Round Metal Indoor-Outdoor Bar Table Set with 4 Cafe Barstools, Multiple Colors
  1. Simply Daisy 16″ x 16″ Lace Up Geometric Print Outdoor Pillow
  2. Simply Daisy 16″ x 16″ Ikat Tears Geometric Outdoor Pillow
  3. Ottomanson Jardin Collection Natural Dark Brown Solid Design Indoor / Outdoor Jute Backing Area Rug
  4. Swing Beds 92 inch Antique Cypress
  5. Simply Daisy 16″ x 16″ Geometric Decorative Outdoor Pillow
  6. Modway Marina 7 Piece Outdoor Patio Teak Sofa Set in Natural White
  7. Simply Daisy, Beach Blanket, Stripe Print Outdoor Pillow
  8. Scrabble
  9. Safavieh Courtyard Finnian Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
  1. Modway Shore Outdoor Patio Aluminium Chaise, Set of 4, Multiple Colors
  2. Sundale Outdoor 10 Feet Aluminum Offset Patio Umbrella with Crank, 8 Steel Ribs
  3. Blossom Linens 100% Cotton Beach Towel and Oversize Bath Towel By Home Fashion Designs
  4. Simply Daisy 16″ x 16″ Geometric Decorative Outdoor Pillow
  5. Modway Harmony Outdoor Patio Aluminum Ottoman, Multiple Colors
  6. Bliss 2-Person Classic Polyester Rope Hammock, Natural
  7. Teak Dining Set:10 Seater 11 Pc
  8. Orren Ellis Grace Outdoor Aluminum 3 Piece Deep Seating Group with Cushion
  9. Kettler Outdoor Table Tennis Table
  1. Skywalker Sports SkyBed Suspended Luxury Swing Bed
  2. Pyle Home PRJG65 1080p HD Digital Multimedia Projector with up to 120″ Display
  3. Sports Festival Wood Washer Toss Game Set
  4. Jumbo Pick Up Sticks Classic Wooden Game, Outdoor or Indoor Fun Strategy and Coordination Game for A
  5. Airblown Outdoor Inflatable 12ft Diagonal Movie Screen for a Backyard Theater
  6. Fire Pit Art Saturn Outdoor Fire Pit with Optional Lid
  7. Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Wooden Cedar Swing Set
  8. Skywalker Trampolines 12′ Round Trampoline and Safety Enclosure

We hope you enjoy your outdoor spaces as much as we do!

Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post!  All of the decorating ideas are our own, and we found so many wonderful things at Walmart.com that we honestly had to work hard to narrow them down!  xo A


  1. Your team found some good looking items at Walmart, however, I can’t bring myself to shop there. Perhaps, when they pay their workers a living wage. And they can afford to pay a living wage; they made over 485 billion in profits in 2017.


    from the USA today article….According to a 2014 report by Americans for Tax Fairness, Walmart receives an estimated $6.2 billion in subsidies every year, primarily from the Federal Government.

    The reason? The world’s largest retailer, infamous for its poor working conditions and unfair treatment of employees, pays its workers so little that thousands of Walmart employees are forced to rely on public assistance programs like food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing. Programs funded by American taxpayers.

    No matter the town or city, if you have a Walmart in your community, you are paying a Walmart Tax. In fact, a single Walmart Supercenter is estimated to cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.74 million per year in public assistance money.

  2. I genuinely appreciate your comment. And the support that followed it. So first, thank you for it. We absolutely appreciate and respect your position.

    We, (the informal TME executive and advisory committee) discussed this very concern prior to agreeing to do the post. We did so with heavy, but honest hearts and plenty of heated discussion.

    We read articles from the past decade from the New Yorker, the Economist, The Wall Street Journal, from the HBR and from Yale Law. And from more right leaning independent sources than any of us normally would have.

    In short: here’s the conclusion we came to: we all do the best we can. And we all, are absolutely certain, that it’s not enough; it’s never enough, but it’s what we do. And what Walmart does too. They ‘do’ something that benefits many, at some expense. Do they come out ahead? And do ‘we’ in terms of what they give to our economy and our retail opportunity?

    We all make choices. And lucky for us…we get to make choices. We absolutely respect your choice not to shop at Walmart; they do in fact, need to manage their pay and employment practices ‘better’ and this is well documented. Luckily for us, there are, in our country, (imperfect) systems that hold them accountable to do so, and are well into the process in this specific instance.

    That said: more people shop at Walmart than voted in the 2012 election. Let that sink in. Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue with close to 500 billion dollars in 2017. They also employee 2.3 million people world wide, more than 1.5 million people in the US.

    I pause and think this: they started as small family business. And they grew to their current size and structure. Is this not US capitalism ‘working’ and ‘succeeding’? And in so, where would those 1.5 million Americans be employed if not by Walmart and would their economic condition be better for it not existing? I’d challenge that. Walmart creates and offers more jobs in our struggling economy than any other one company might be credited with. And by scale, contributes more to our economy by an order of magnitude than what it takes from it.

    The US News cited article is an interesting one to me, and not one of the ones that I personally read when researching Walmart. The article is interesting to me b/c I think it calls to question our government programs of assistance (which I as a registered Democrat, and flaming Liberal per my own father’s assertion, I fully support.) My take away from that specific article was more positive than negative. It was effectively: hmmm…maybe Walmart is actually contributing as an effective government program of assistance, with a small (relatively speaking) contribution from the Federal Government via the local Walmart Tax, yes, we are all paying into a business that then contributes jobs and revenue to our economy. I can actually be on board with that.

    We can applaud Walmart’s efforts to facilitate sustainability, the environment, and animal welfare in their practices. We are the people that did award a Nobel peace prize to Al Gore rather than Irena Sendler. We make choices. How do you prioritize those politics of human lives specifically vs. the environment and it’s impact on all of our human lives and ours on it? Does this mean her work wasn’t worthwhile? Hell no. Nor does it mean that we don’t prioritize it. It just means a choice was made.

    I shop at Walmart, personally, when I go online, find an item I’m interested in, and find it at the best price and that’s where I land. Not unlike what I do on Amazon, or through Google Shopping, or through multiple searches to find best prices and selections and free shipping and basically, now, delivery.

    Walmart might be applauded for their opportunities for career advancement as 75% of those in management positions at Walmart began as minimum wage employees and worked their way up. There aren’t many places in America, let alone the world where that is possible at this scale in this day and age. WaWa and their management programs comes to mind, but while those are also fantastic opportunities, the scale just doesn’t compare.

    We could slam them for not offering health insurance to anyone that doesn’t work 24 hours per week. Or we can applaud them for offering health insurance to everyone that does.

    We could slam them for driving, with full capitalism force, retail prices downward, or we can applaud them when we’re the parents who are ‘price shopping’ for back to school at the best prices. This, is capitalism; for better and worse.

    We all make choices, we’re lucky to have the ability to do so, and we’re all better off that we also have access to information and data and that we can make informed choices. With each of those informed choices, we weight the good against the bad, the positive against the negative and then: we choose.

    In general, my personal position on larger politics has always been, start at home. So I’m glad we had the discussion we did at TME headquarters before agreeing to do the post. I’m relieved that you posted your concerns, obviously, that wasn’t our role, but we’re not numb to the issue and appreciate it being raised, and raised well. It is also of concern to all of us at TME. I’m glad that it prompted a very interesting conversation with many folks whose opinions I respect. I’m good with it. Genuinely. I’m good with talking through real issues. Pushing against one another about what matters and doesn’t. I’m good with finding the good in everything, and working hard on the negative, from the inside out. I’m not afraid of a challenge, never have been. The only real way to change things, is from the inside out, always.

    If shopping at Walmart isn’t in your heart, don’t. What you did do, was to call to task an organization for it’s implied support of another organization, and that we appreciate. We’re nothing if we don’t talk about these things. They are real issues. It is super duper complicated to solve complex economic and political and human issues. Does more good or bad come of Walmart? That was where we landed. And we, after reading countless background articles we decided: good. More good comes. We acknowledge the bad, but more good comes. And that, to us, is what matters. Thank you for your comments, genuinely. Thank you for raising the larger issue and for prompting the discussion here. Our ‘job’ was to choose home furnishings that are being resold by Walmart and that are produced by many companies we know something about and stand behind, and plenty of others we’ve yet to research and don’t know anything about. But our larger jobs, as humans and moms is also always to consider our choices. In so doing, we are just lucky to have them and respect yours. xo A

    • What a thoughtful response! Although I’m not a Walmart shopper (plenty of other options in my neighborhood), I do think the answer to whether or not it’s “ok” to support the business is more nuanced than many people want to believe. I think your comment reflects this so well. I appreciate it!

  3. Yep. No to Walmart. But I won’t shop at amazon either unless I’m desperate. Their exploration of workers is well-documented as is the fact that they are big corporate welfare recipients on many fronts. It’s not hard to dig up the facts, or as many alternative facts as one pleases. We all have to decide where truth lies based on research. That said, most shopping comes with some sort of exploitative corporation behind it, so I try to shop less, live with less. What I take from his blog is how to wear what I already have, or how to purchase things more wisely that will last, rather than consuming a mountain of stuff.

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