Tranquil Family Retreat

A backyard in Brooklyn goes from child-centric clutter to family-oriented sanctuary.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionNow the kids have a play area bordered by perennials and the grownups have their own spot for getting away.
Matt divided the backyard into two sections. In the back half, luscious turf provides a new soft play area for the kids. A raised bed holds colorful perennials. Best of all, a swing-for-two nestled in the backyard and surrounded by newly planted shrubs and perennials will be Jon and Shawn's relaxing getaway. Evergreens give the yard's frame the necessary year-round bulk. Ilex crenata and cherry laurel provide the foil for showier plants like Michelmas daisies and sedums. Matt used muted tones in the landscaping and repeated colors around the garden to give it a calming, harmonious feel.