Susan Upton 2017-04-13 05:22:49
Spring is finally here and it’s time to get outside and start enjoying our outdoor living areas. For this issue’s Focus section we chose a beautiful backyard area with a pool and a tree house, and three different home owners’ greenhouses to show you. Along with perusing these fascinating outdoor spaces, we hope you find many ideas to take and implement in your own backyard area. Enjoy! We begin our tour with Sherry and Harmon Jackson’s backyard area in Brandon. Sherry wanted something fun and different in their outdoor space for the adults in the family, but she also wanted areas for children to play. The result is a fabulous outdoor entertaining area including a pool redo by Philip Vinson of P & P Pools and a magical “adult tree house” by ProVision Design. Jackson tree house & pool The new, elaborate outdoor structure was a collaboration between Sherry’s dream vision, interior designer Dot Reedy’s expertise, and the knowledge of outdoor structures by John Hertel (owner of ProVision Design). An ingenious fact is that the stairs are wrapped around a pine tree so it can loosely be called a tree house! A covered porch on the west side protects the inside from the weather, and it also houses an escape to the 480 degree tubular slide for the kids. An upstairs deck with a bar area and colorful bar stools overlooks the pool on the north side, and a variety of swings for kids and adults are underneath the tree house for entertainment all year long. The inside of the tree house is indeed magical with its fabulous views of the property, the pool area, and the backyard entertaining area. Custom-made swinging beds are available for conversation during the day or for spending the night. A wine barrel table from California doubles as a coffee table and storage for the bedding. A custom-made, stained glass picture hangs behind one of the swings depicting Seven Sisters mountains in Asheville, North Carolina, where the Jacksons previously lived. Draperies were custom-made out of Sunbrella fabric and installed on drapery rods of black pipe. A faux-finished wooden table is surrounded by benches and chairs for casual dining, and a custom-made live-edge buffet is against the east wall. A bar area on the west wall was made out of two antique sewing machine bases topped with a marble countertop. The amazing view from the deck overlooks the pool area and many conversational seating areas. And we can’t finish the article without mentioning the “land shark” floating around in the pool! This whimsical structure is part of the unique landscape in Kit and Mark Fields’ home in Ridgeland. Not only is it a tool shed that stores lawn tools, fertilizer, and garden tools, but it also doubles as a green house. Kit is a talented artist, as you can see by the bird on the shed, and she is known to bring home found objects and store them in the building until she finds just the right place for them. Planters are abundant in the landscape, and beautiful raised beds are always planted with seasonal flowers and vegetables. As a landscape architect, Rick Griffin is passionate about his garden, and after 21 years of landscaping his personal garden in Jackson, this chapel is an amazing element. Rick’s theological background is Lutheran and he has always had a strong desire to have a small chapel somewhere in his garden. His wife, Shirley, thought it was a great idea when Rick suggested that the chapel could double as a greenhouse. They collected stones, bricks, and old wood for years to build the chapel. The focal point of this beautiful chapel is the antique stained glass window that was salvaged from the hometown church that Rick’s family attended before it was torn down. Nancy and Tom Buchanan have a passion for gardening, and they enjoy working in their beautifully-landscaped yard in Ridgeland. They have a true working greenhouse in their backyard that provides a stable, warm environment for ferns and potted plants to be stored in the winter months so they can thrive. The greenhouse also allows the Buchanans to get a jump-start on the growing season by storing planted seedlings until they can be moved out into the garden and planting beds in the spring and summer months.
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