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Bargain Bali: turn your patio into a lush tropical lanai without breaking the bank. (Hint: think recycle-style).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

5

MOOD LIGHTING

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

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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

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$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

PLANT NOTES Great in pots, Aloe arbore-scens (top) is lush but unthirsty. Scarlet passionflower (Passi-flora coccinea), an evergreen vine, bears its starburst blossoms in summer. Both lend tropical flair.

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BY SHARON COHOON PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS J. STORY
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