One of the biggest challenges for people who are serious about their landscapes is to make them beautiful and also kid-friendly. “I think the solution lies in using plenty of imagination and choosing features carefully,” says U.K. designer Clare Matthews.
The oak boards of this oversize "deck chair" are smooth enough for bare feet, and the angle of its back was carefully set to be "relaxed but not too relaxed." Such raised platforms can be hidden by plantings such as the Stipaarundinacea used here.
Matthews’ daughters (pictured with Matthews) and their pals often turn this deck into a stage, performing for audiences (parents) seated in the grass below.