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March 20, 2014
A quintessential backyard element, the swing adds levity to outdoor spaces. These seven pieces give new perspective to their homes whether hung from a tree, on a porch, and even inside.
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At a shared vacation home outside Toronto, an outdoor swing is a space for play as well as contemplation; from its position on the porch, the swing marries the comfort of indoor spaces with the glamour of the outdoors. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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Originally appeared in Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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Gabriella swings on the rope swing hung from the podocarpus tree. The twenty-foot-tall, steel-framed, custom-built wood screen provides enough privacy to give the outdoor space the feeling of a room, with the 50-year-old polocarpus tree acting as a roof.

The podocarpus tree running through this San Diego home shelters the deck and supports a swing in active use. Photo by Noah Webb.

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Originally appeared in The Family Tree
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Mason and friends scramble around his soon-to-be tree house as Muriel swings. What remains of the original brick house can be seen on the right side of the structure, with the new master bedroom on top and living area on the left. A hot tub and seating ar

A 1940s brick home in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming mixes modern design with that timeless characteristic of a family home: a big backyard. Photo by Chad Holder.

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Originally appeared in Home Schooled
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Campbell’s Little Bird swing flies high alongside modern classics like the Eames shell chairs and Saarinen Tulip table.

Beside the Eames shell chairs in the living room of this home on Maine's Penobscot Bay, Campbell's Little Bird swing offers an indoor place for fidgety youngsters to play year round. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Originally appeared in A Northern Haven
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Julie, James, and Christian enjoy an unexpected bonus of living in a house on stilts—–a pair of swings suspended from the base of the structure. The family often goes for walks on the property, looking for wildlife and playing in the tepee they built in a

A dramatically sloped piece of land in Kansas City, Missouri, resulted in a raised home for the Arnold family. The home's stilts structure a sheltered enclave, perfect for swinging. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

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Originally appeared in A Lot to Love
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Hammock by bottom floor level porch

In a Seattle treehouse, a porch serves as a rest space, play area, and work spot and a hammock shows adults too can play on the swings. Photo by Philip Newton.

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Originally appeared in A New Slant
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A modern renovation near Milwaukee

Southeast of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a renovation that opened a home's structure to its site, produces aesthetic harmony between the two, with simple, clean spaces uniting the interior and exterior of the home. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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Originally appeared in One With Nature
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outdoor wooden hanging bed

At a shared vacation home outside Toronto, an outdoor swing is a space for play as well as contemplation; from its position on the porch, the swing marries the comfort of indoor spaces with the glamour of the outdoors. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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