Tour a welcoming front yard deck
Lessons for your own entry from a little piece of paradise
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.
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.
Because the bubbler does little more than stir the water, there’s no need for a reservoir beneath the bowl.
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).
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.
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.