Chic backyard on a shoestring
$100: You love it? The price is right? Buy it. Di had no idea how she was going to use the ceramic elephants (to left of fountain) when she saw them at a thrift shop. “But I knew they were just the right touch of whimsy.”
$10: Paint inexpensive pots. Between discarded pots and “wainscoting” a terra-cotta pot in blue, Di coughed up only $10.
$125: Ground the space. The turquoise-and-brown rug, made from recycled plastics, dresses up the garden. vivaterra.com
Other costs: Sofa linens, $40.
$240: Repurpose. This tall chartreuse pot (left; rollinggreensnursery.com) was purchased for a client and intended as a fountain. But Di couldn’t make it water-tight, so she “gifted” it to her garden.
Other costs: Pushpin wallboards, $300; desk (old door), $30.
$25: Decorate with plants. Chocolate brown Aeonium and orange Sedum are so stunning that you can get away with cheap pots.
$40: Shake up spray paint. Di bought white Moroccan lanterns at a Venice gift shop and spray-painted them bright orange. Similar ones available from casablancamarket.com