A basic swing set is great — but integrating extra features like climbing nets and walkways will really keep the kids busy for hours. Treehouse and play structure designer Barbara Butler likes to encourage physical play as well as imaginative play when she designs play structures. “I create lots of ups and downs, with a variety of challenges with some easier to accomplish than others,” says Butler. “I concentrate on making ‘loops of play’ to keep kids running around, and I avoid creating dead ends – a balcony with no exit, for example.”
Bold-pattern textiles animate this colorful teen bedroom. Billowing curtains frame the bedroom, helping to set it apart from a small seating area anchored by a graphic rug. A rope swing adds a whimsical touch beside a red ottoman.
The look of the porch is transformed with fresh white paint, khaki trim, painted concrete floors and a ceiling fan in a more classic design. But the star of the new porch is the set of twin chair swings — Ben's custom take on the traditional Southern porch swing. Each is a variation on the familiar Adirondack chair design, and they were handmade by Ben using reclaimed wood from demo of one of the home's interior walls.
Set under pergolas for shade, this contemporary outdoor deck is a getaway in the city. Comfortable seating areas, from the bed swing to the contemporary sofas and lounge chairs, all center around the stacked stone fireplace.
An antique side table, a brass swing arm floor lamp and a deep rose velvet bergère chair are brightened by white tulips set in a clear glass vase. Balcony french doors allow natural light to brighten the room, framed by heavy neutral curtains.
Grand double doors swing open and welcome visitors to this home. A matching set on the other side of the sitting room leads out to the patio and nearby pool. Open them all and a cool breeze constantly flows through the house.