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Recycled ceramic flooring
Photo by Marion Brenner

Before: Broken dishes, After: Patio flooring

Tumbled pottery bits with rounded edges are sturdy enough to walk on and settle nicely on the ground. Their vivid colors and patterns lend a playful note around a blue Concreteworks lounge chair (510/534-7141) in a San Francisco garden designed by Shirley Watts.

Cost: About $2 per pound at Red Shovel Glass Co. (415/285-7814)

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