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Raised garden beds around the deck makes for a good flower box visible while on the deck. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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String Lights

String lights used as a creative alternative to outdoor fixtures. Creates a beautiful glow! Get your custom length stringers to fit your space: http://www.partylights.com/Commercial-String-Lights/Commercial-C9-String-Lights-Bulbs

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Maceteros para la terraza a partir de dos palets

Instead of placing candles on the edges, I think I'd make little hanging glass candle holders.

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Framework for a Garden Retreat

Amazing little garden house from Better Homes & Gardens. Could do a guest house in the back yard!

Covered Deck with windowbox container garden is a creative use of backyard space and landscaping idea for vertical #garden designs #garden decorating before and after #garden design #garden decorating| http://garden-design.hana.lemoncoin.org

Love the built in benches benches by the fire pit--this would be perfect for our backyard!

Love the use of pea gravel with the large slate tiles for "laying out area" on left side of house

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How to Build a Raised Bed

raised bed

"backyard with pavers maybe? probably cheaper than a deck and a little unusual." - Unlike a wooden deck, this is something you don't have to stain every few years. I would like to try a cover plant like thyme planted in between the tiles, but that includes extra maintenance. Depending on the material, these tiles could have less of an environmental impact than other deck materials.