Deck with plants, chairs, umbrella, and lights

Thomas J. Story

In two weekends the owners of this small Palo Alto, California, rancher revamped a worn-out deck and tamed an overgrown lawn. Now they have a colorful outdoor living room that's party-ready.

Resources: Deck treated with Bio-Wash Woodwash and Natural Deck Oil ( or 800/663-9274). Patio umbrella in Canvas Fern Sunbrella fabric on an aluminum pole by Treasure Garden from the Teak Patio ($470; or 650/494-9020). Similar chairs (Saucer Chair in Autumn Leaf; $89) and string of lights from Pier 1 Imports ( Desert Gold ⅜-inch-diameter crushed-granite gravel from Lyngso Garden Materials ( or 650/364-1730). Composite decking (used as edging) from Trex (

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