Karuna's Outdoor Oasis

My Great Outdoors

Names: Megan, Aaron & Karuna (2)
Location: Mill Valley, CA

This backyard has been a slow work in progress. On a tight budget, we've upgraded small areas of the yard one at a time, leaving functional surfaces as is - which explains the variety of pavers and ground coverings! Our goal was to create a relaxing space for adults and a fun, natural play space for children.

It was important for us to incorporate water play, sand, and the edible garden for the kids area. I also wanted to create a sheltered nook for kids - so I had the idea to use lattice and climbing green beans for the wall - eventually this "kitchen" area will have lattice roof as well. We know we've succeeded when friends come over with their kids and the adults are lounging on the patio, while the kids are busy pouring buckets of water into the sandbox!

Thanks Megan!

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.