Lessons for your own entry from a little piece of paradise
Kathleen N. Brenzel
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Creative deck designs: Living out front
Welcoming front-yard deck
Instead of stairs, a three-level deck steps up to the front door of this traditional (raised) Hawaiian post-and-pier-house, located on the island of Oahu.
The deck is built of ironwood using Tiger Deck construction (instead of nails, boards are hammered into metal “tiger claws”). Owners Chris and Mary Beddow keep it looking new with occasional applications of a hardwood oil called Penofin.
Click ahead to see how they outfitted their entry, turning it into a personal paradise.
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Builders Charlie Castro and Randy Hixon used foliage from one of the garden’s red ginger plants as a template for hand-carving this gate’s leaf motifs in wood.
It was then painted to match the deck chairs, resulting in an overall look that's both welcoming and in sync with the garden’s theme.
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A 30-inch-wide glazed and sealed stoneware bowl (similar from $100) fitted with a small bubbler pump (from $20; thehomedepot.com) creates the ambience of a fountain without the fuss or expense.
Because the bubbler does little more than stir the water, there’s no need for a reservoir beneath the bowl.
Left behind by the property’s previous owner, rusted iron lanterns from Asia sit atop concrete pillars near the deck.
For similar lanterns, check import stores, or try the more contemporary Seasons lanterns of perforated powder-coated steel from Rios Clementi Hale Studios, available in four colors and three sizes (from $50; notneutral.com).
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“The vibrant jungle backdrop turns our deck into Shangri-la,” says owner Chris Beddow, who chose most of the plants for this Hawaii garden.
One key element: red-leafed ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa), which glow like torches, waking up the mostly green palette of Manila palms, crotons, and ferns.
In cooler climes, sub Cordyline ‘Festival Grass’, Canna ‘Tropicanna’ or ‘Tropicanna Black’, or some Solenostemon.
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The Beddows bought their Adirondack chairs unfinished and had them painted to match the roof. Similar ones are available from L.L. Bean (chair $169, footrest $79).
For the table, the couple fitted a 19-inch-high glazed container (similar from $50) with a 20-inch-diameter tempered-glass top ($30;pier1.com). Small silicone pads cushion the glass.
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Although carved monkeys aren’t for every garden, this one, bearing bromeliads and a bob of moss on its head, seems right at home among the jungly palms and sansieverias.