Setting Up an Outdoor Living Room The swing was custom-designed to accommodate a twin mattress, and now it's a sweet spot the kids like to nap on. "I hung it with natural rope instead of a chain, which feels warmer and more indoorsy," Gretchen says.
The photo above was shot by our talented contributor Bethany Nauert and was the winner of last year's first photo contest. I think we were all attracted to it not only because it's an amazing photo, but a wonderfully dreamy place. The photo is a great example of why pergolas are so awesome: the open structures help define space and create an outdoor room that is shaded during the day, and with a few vines and twinkle lights, can be romantic or festive at night.