The outdoor furniture industry researched the popularity of outdoor living recently. According to the industry, a slow housing market has caused homeowners who find themselves staying in one home longer reconsidering their outdoor spaces.

Giovanni Marra, director of marketing at Nourison, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

"At first, we were only seeing this movement in California, Texas and Nevada,. But over the past 10 years, I've seen major upticks across the country as families everywhere are taking more time to dress up their outdoor living spaces. You can forget about the green-turf carpets that were so popular in the 1970s. There is now a large selection of colors and textures in indoor-outdoor carpeting."

Some of these trends come from homes that now feature more sliding glass doors and windows that open out to patios and backyards. It's seen as an opportunity to redesign those parts of the home that are just outside the doors.

It's a trend that's grown significantly in the last decade. Read More