Design an affordable backyard Bali
Turn your patio into a lush tropical lanai without breaking the bank
Black pillars and beams and a tan ceiling give the patio’s shade structure (originally green and white) a Balinese motif.
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.
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.
Hanging lanterns that hold candles illuminate without the expense of wiring. Tall candlesticks, set on the ground, add romance in the evening.
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.
$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)