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Outdoor Living: Comfort Alfresco

A Seattle landscape architect takes the indoors alfresco

Written by Ethne Clarke

Access from the street is through an arched gate. The tiny enamel sign warns Chien Lunatique–"Crazy Dog."

LuLu, the 7-year-old poodle, calls the lawn her own, racing her tennis ball across it to see who will reach the garden gate first—ball or dog.

The chandelier was a bargain find in an ethnic-furnishings store; modified to hold votive candles, it casts a soft light over the table for evening dinner parties.

The broad, glossy leaves of Acanthus mollis dominate the lush planting around the dining area.