How to Decorate a Shared Outdoor Space?

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Q: I'm loving all the recent photos and suggestions for creating inviting outdoor spaces. But what do you do when your space isn't really private? The front door to my apartment opens up onto a deck that I share with all of my neighbors. The catch?

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It also serves as a thoroughfare / hallway for other tenants. I can't really wall any space off because people need to walk by all day to get to and from THEIR apartments. I would love to have a lot of green plants and seating out here so it's a place I want to be, but I can't figure out how to make it inviting and somewhat private (or at least relaxing) without impeding the walkway. Any ideas and/or help appreciated!
(Especially the budget-conscious ideas...)

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.