Kid-Friendly Garden Retreat
The homeowner hopes to transform her potentially dangerous backyard into a kid-friendly garden retreat.
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Teri and her baby, Luke, recently moved into their 1950s-style home. Teri loves the open floor plan, spacious rooms and the multitude of windows that allow light to flood in and provide a great view of her backyard. Outside, a fountain leads to a spa and pool, making for a lovely backdrop but, along with the prickly plants, not a child-friendly space. Teri envisions a new garden that reflects her classic taste, caters to her and her young son's needs, and allows for entertaining guests comfortably.
She’d like to address safety options around the pool, spa and fountain as well as remove the toxic plants with sharp textures found throughout the yard. She'd also like a softscape designed to add color, plus a place to entertain. Up for the challenge are designers Rori Gwynne, the team of Brogan Lane and Samantha Cavallari, and designer Gayle Martin.
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Low-cost additions like cottage birdhouses and a rustic window box help carry the cottage-garden theme.