The Short Story: CHEERIUP was born from a desire to provide our spunky, city-mouse daughter a natural and enchanting outdoor play space. I imagined a wholesome place she could call her own, an inspiring place she and her friends could lose themselves for hours in imaginative play, a safe place she could escape to for nurturing solitude, and a timelessly lovely place our entire family could live alongside for years to come (vs. the onslaught of rainbow-colored plastic or digital simulacrums that overwhelm new families.) All this, combined with my own Art, Design, and Education background led to a giant hut made of sticks in our backyard:
a Thicketβ„’

The Long Story: You can read more on the blog here and here.

The unexpected outcome has been how much our ENTIRE family enjoys the Thicket. We share shady picnic lunches together, listening to baby birds cheeping from nests in the tree above. We curl up in blankets, reading books together on crisp Autumn afternoons. And from time to time, once our vigorous kidlet has finally fallen asleep for the night, we parents enjoy an evening glass of wine surrounded by rings of willow flickering in candlelight. Pure magic.

What will you discover in your dream Thicket?


–Kelly English
CHEERIUP