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Living out front: not much backyard? no worries--you can turn your doorstep into paradise.

Cool water

A 30-inch-wide glazed and sealed stoneware bowl (similar from $100) fitted with a small bubbler pump (from $20; thehomedepot.com) creates the ambience of a fountain without the fuss or expense. Because the bubbler does little more than stir the water, there's no need for a reservoir beneath the bowl.

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Hot color

"The vibrant jungle back-drop turns our deck into Shangri-la," says owner Chris Beddow, who chose most of the plants for this Hawaii garden. 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.

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Easy seating

Owners Chris and Mary Beddow bought their Adirondack chairs unfinished and had them painted to match the roof. Similar ones are available from L.L. Bean (chair $169, footrest $79; llbean.com). 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.

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Recycled lighting

Left behind by the property's previous owner, rusted iron lanterns from Asia sit atop concrete pillars near the deck. 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).

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Budget breakdown

Adirondack chairs and footrests from L-L. Bean $496

Side table from a nursery (base) and Pier 1 Imports (top) $80

Seasons lantern from Rios Clementi Hale Studios $50

"Fountain" from a nursery (bowl) and the Home Depot (pump) $120

Total: $746

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Title Annotation:Decorating
Author:Brenzel, Kathleen N.
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Date:Feb 1, 2010
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