Design an affordable backyard Bali

Turn your patio into a lush tropical lanai without breaking the bank

Bargain hunter

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Bargain hunter

Tip from the designer: Brooke Dietrich, owner of Green … Landscapes to Envy in Costa Mesa, CA  looked to bargain sources to outfit her own patio. “Ikea and Pier 1 are my kind of stores,” she says.

Fresh paint

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Fresh paint

Black pillars and beams and a tan ceiling give the patio’s shade structure (originally green and white) a Balinese motif.

Bargain plants

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Bargain plants

Dietrich bought the tree aloe and ponytail palm from a friend who was moving out of state. The Boston fern is from a grocery store, and the cannas are offshoots from another friend’s plants.

Recycled furniture

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Recycled furniture

This rattan sofa had been abandoned in an alley; the sofa in the rear was a swap-meet find. New and re-covered cushions give each a second life. The wicker coffee table was a discounted floor sample.

Colored concrete

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Colored concrete

A tawny stain (Mason’s Select Transparent Concrete Stain #50, in Sandstone; superdeck.com for stores) took a half-hour to apply and makes cold gray concrete look as warm as terrazzo.

Mood lighting

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Mood lighting

Hanging lanterns that hold candles illuminate without the expense of wiring. Tall candlesticks, set on the ground, add romance in the evening.

Accessories

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Accessories

Large loose-weave baskets hang from a beam. Other touches include a centerpiece of succulents, and a 5- by 8-foot rug woven of recycled plastic.

Receipt rundown

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Receipt rundown

$425 Professional painter for structure’s ceiling, plus extra paint to finish lower beams

$85 Potted plants

$285 One sofa; new and re-covered cushions

$25 Concrete stain

$190 Accessories (outdoor rug, $75; lanterns, $75; baskets, $40)

Total: $1,010

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