When I first laid eyes on this wonderful outdoor space it reminded me of one of my favorite childhood stories, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, “The Secret Garden”. And just like The Secret Garden, this magical outdoor oasis is the stuff fairytales are made of.
Originally an “overgrown mess”, wedding cake designer Debra Adams and her husband Bill, decided to tackle the backyard after updating the inside of their 1900’s home in Greensboro, Georgia. They wanted a space where their granddaughter could play and where they could comfortably entertain guests al fresco.
And the final result is nothing short of enchanting. A vintage inspired playhouse, garden and eating area where joyful memories can be made and where their young granddaughter’s imagination can run wild.
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
We have a four year old grandaughter and the playhouse was her birthday gift when she turned three”, says Debra. “We had it built adult size, so she would always be able to use it. It is built out of wood, inside and out…our vision was vintage inspired.”
“I found an antique window with an arch to match the arched door”, explains Debra.
“We bought a wooden kitchen, doll crib and bed, table and chairs… and a whimsical 1940’s kitty cat clock.”
“We have a firepit area and a covered pavilion – the outdoor space is rustic to match the wooded area.”
My granddaughter absolutely loves to play in her house! She dresses up in her play dresses, has make-believe and real tea parties, cooks, takes care of her dolls and writes on her chalkboard. She loves having friends over! Debra Adams
Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places. Frances Hodgson Burnett,