Grown up Tree Fort

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Why should those darn kids have all the fun? Tree Forts are all grown up. A new book by Philip Jodidio explores the essence of place, perched high among the treetops. Elegant, Modern, and uniquely connected to nature. There is something downright magical about a birds eye view and the opportunity to take pause, to look at the world with fresh eyes. A great summer DIY project, a tree house need not be ‘fancy’, rather a simple retreat even in our own back yard offers a fresh perspective. An opportunity to create a focal point and tranquil destination in the landscape.

treehouse4An excerpt from the book:  ”a perch from which to contemplate life—the tree house can take as many forms as the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of space. Climb into this trove of tree houses and enjoy a new perspective on the world.”

Images sourced at the publishers website:  taschen.com

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Why Don’t You…?

…decorate the exterior of your house – all year long?

A creative landscaping job on the side of a home can make a world of difference, yes? Imagine walking by this house on a daily stroll; peering up to be welcomed by a cheerful sign that all we need in this world is love, love, love.

Even better? The possibilities of decorating with moss, greenery and shrubs are endless. Have a favorite shape, or perhaps some fun typography? Go to town! The more personalized, the better.

And here I thought unexpected decor was relegated to interiors. Happy landscaping!

Image Credit: CalliCrates2003

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A Green Approach

The approach. It’s an important design element, at once both a landscaping and architecture. The driveway and walkway are often under utilized design opportunities. Many times an impervious field of blacktop or concrete, creating runoff directed through drainage systems into ponds and streams.

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Black, White & Green In Scandinavia

I’ve written before of my admiration for Scandinavian design with its form, function, clean lines and minimalist tendencies. Yet it wasn’t until I saw these photos from Hus & Hem that I realized a prime element missing from the story: nature.

In this Swedish retreat, all the usual suspects are present. Black, white, pattern and function – but with a twist: fresh, green elements plucked straight from nature’s bounty. And although the home furnishings are a breath of fresh air, every piece takes a back stage to the true star of the show: lush scenery.


The look is more greenhouse than house, and I’m loving it more than I ever imagined. What do you think? Too green, too natural? Or just enough Mother Nature for your taste?

Photos: Hus & Hem

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