Magazine article Sunset

Chic on a Shoestring

Magazine article Sunset

Chic on a Shoestring

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Glam out your backyard without breaking the bank

It's hard enough to plan a garden on your own, let alone plan one on a budget. But leave it to a Hollywood production supervisor to pull it together. Di Zock designed her backyard for the house that she rents in Venice, California, for less than $2,800. She created three outdoor rooms: a living area, a shed office, and a dining space. Her tools: paint, slipcovers, and patience. Creating a garden on a budget may take longer than a week or two; you have to shop close-out sales and haunt thrift stores. "But relying on imagination more than dollars has its benefits," Di says. The result is more original and more personal. And career changing - Di left the film biz for garden design, info Di Zock Gardens (dizockgardens.com)

ROOM *1

OUTDOOR LIVING AREA

CHOOSE THE INSPIRATION PIECE

That's what Di did when she selected this ceramic fountain from the Jungle Nursery (thejungle.biz). Its turquoise hue inspired her garden's striking color scheme.

$220

YOU LOVE IT? THE PRICE IS RIGHT? BUY IT

Di had no idea how she was going to use these ceramic elephants when she saw them at a thrift shop. "But I knew they were just the right touch of whimsy."

$100

PAINT INEXPENSIVE POTS

Between discarded pots and "wainscoting" a terra-cotta pot in blue, Di coughed up only $10.

$10

GROUND THE SPACE

This turquoise-and-brown rug, made from recycled plastics, dresses up the garden. vivaterra.com

$125

ROOM #2

THE SHED OFFICE

PECK OUT THE OFFICE

The number-one expenditure, the shed from the Home Depot was outfitted in Di's quirky style with art - including a Spanish cross. …

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