6. Relaxing Outdoor SpaceIf your mom's more of a "get your hands dirty" type, her own Zen garden space might be a better form of relaxation than a bubble bath. Sweep off an outdoor patio or rake the dead leaves out of her garden and freshen things up with a new layer of gravel and a potted plant or two. Buy a new patio chair or chaise and accent it with a colorful pillow, and you've got an instant outdoor reading and relaxing room. Must-haves: A truly comfortable outdoor space has all the makings of a great indoor space. Side tables for iced tea and magazines, pillows, blankets and good lighting (whether natural or artificial) are worth the extra effort. Decorating tip: Little things go a long way in outdoor spaces. Take the time to clear out any dead plants or leaves, and sweep surface areas.