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Open-air living room: this Hollywood patio merges indoor comfort and secondhand style.

1 Comfortable seating

Along with two vintage metal rockers, a custom-made sofa with a Douglas fir base and cushions covered with weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric (sunbrella.com) provides ample space to lounge.

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2 Garden art

An old neon sign, which the garden's owner and designer, Greg Sanchez, found at a swap meet, looks like a floating painting. The slender galvanized pole that supports it is nearly invisible in the greenery.

3 Multifunctional piece

A recycled metal bench, refitted with a teak top, serves as a perch for swimmers and a place to stack towels. It also acts as a barrier to keep guests from backing into the pool.

4 Fire bowl

A 48-inch-diameter cast concrete planter from CDI (concrete-designs.com), plumbed for gas, warms the area on cool evenings.

5 Area rug

Stripes of Dymondia margaretae set into one section of concrete add a carpetlike pattern that points toward the shapely Brazilian pepper tree. Its blue-gray color matches nearby succulents.

DESIGN Greg Sanchez, GDS Designs, Los Angeles (gdsdesigns.com or 323/466-4266)

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Title Annotation:Design that works
Author:Cohoon, Sharon
Publication:Sunset
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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