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79 the stairwell to the second floor is bright and airy, with white walls and high windows that filter in daylight. The stairs lead to a more decorative drop zone area that provides a welcoming feel with visual interest and a window seat. Around the corner is a gathering room and play area with French doors that open to a balcony with kid-sized hammocks. The cable railing that allows an unobstructed view, the wood porch overhang and visible treetops create a treehouse feel for the children to enjoy as an extension of their interior play space. Stachowicz helped arrange a collage of black-and-white photographs in the play area along with kid-friendly touches like flying pigs above the television. “The homeowner has always been very clear and stayed on the same path with what she likes,” Stachowicz says. “She has a defined style but was open to fun and quirky things like the flying pigs.” It was important to the family to hang photographs of the children and include baby pictures in each of the kids’ rooms. “When we got these up, it felt like a home,” the homeowner says. Each of the children’s bedrooms reflects their personality — a boy’s bungalow with a sofa bed, and a bedroom for each daughter showing one’s bold personality and the other’s sophisticated princess persona, as the homeowner describes. The upstairs begins with a cozy window seat that sits between accessorized shelves. The area acts as a drop zone for the second floor, and flows into the kids’ play spaces. Walls are adorned with family photographs and the playful flying pigs that hang above the television. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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