TREE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

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Hawaii

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“…Then, for the first time, we stood all together in our treehouse.  I drew up the ladder and, with a greater sense of security than I enjoyed since we landed on the island, offered up evening prayer and retired for the night…”  (Swiss Family Robinson)

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Patrick Dougherty

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The most amazing thing happened when we were in Sun Valley a couple of months ago…I didn’t post about it then as I wanted to compile an entire post about houses made of trees, and trees made into houses, and houses housed in trees… did I cover every permutation?!   But the point is; there we were nonchalantly driving along, when off to my right…I couldn’t believe my eyes…A  Patrick Dougherty twig house – in Downtown Ketchum!  I’ve been a fan of Patrick’s for a long time- I’ve had the photo below (from Santa Barbara Magazine) on my cork board for eons and been eagerly anticipating his new book.  Needless to say, we stopped and went into the house.  I felt a bit like Goldilocks- we had the place all to ourselves. I’m sorry I didn’t get more photos I could use on Slim and oh! it smelled so wonderful…I lament once again that I’m not able to deliver the sense of scent through my blog- Geeees.  Whadup with that WordPress? What’s taking so long? Let’s pick up the pace. They can fit 10 billlion songs onto a teensy weensy iPod Shuffle, you’d think you could get my WordPress to deliver up some olfactory magic.

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The Stick Man

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Patrick Dougherty’s new book available at Amazon

Those of you blessed to be in New York the next couple of months- and I do mean blessed because Autumn is one great time to visit NY,  will have the opportunity to see the

Patrick Dougherty installation at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Click Here

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Patrick Dougherty

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What I thought of…

Edvard Munch’s The Scream

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Through the ceiling of Patrick’s stick house in Sun Valley

Which  made me think of this…

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I see You!

A Birch tree on my property in Sun Valley- isn’t it wild?!

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Mother Nature’s attention to detail never ceases to amaze and entertain me!

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But I digress ( for a change)…

Back to the Tree Houses;

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and a little music while you stroll; Silent House by Crowded House

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Hemp canvas tree house from 02 Sustainability

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The UFO Suite at The Tree Hotel

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The Mirrorcube suite at

THE TREE HOTEL (Click here for more info)

Check out this hotel in Sweden designed by architects Tham & Videgard.

Located 40 miles south of the Artic Circle the Mirrorcube comes complete with radiant floor heating, an eco-friendly incinerating toilet, and last but not least, a film visible only to birds applied to the mirrored walls.

Wow. I can’t believe they stole all of my ideas 🙂

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And a little closer to home…

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And how amazing is this?!

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver, B.C.

(starting at $150,000… not that ‘Free’ 🙂 )

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

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Photo from Gypset

A Treehouse in Kenya

Magical

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A guy who really knew how to throw a Tree Party

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Roderick Romero

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Our Tree house   (only squirrels play there now :()

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Our little man having a snack and a contemplative moment there  many years ago…

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Bauraum Tree houses

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The Yellow Tree House Restaurant in New Zealand

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Zac Steinic photo

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Zac Steinic photo

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Of course we must have the appropriate coloured nail polish for Treetop dwelling…

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Photo from here

Soneva Kiri hotel, Thailand

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For Treehouse Hotels in Africa Click Here

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Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven (from The Life & Love of Trees, Lewis Blackwell)


Did you have a tree house?

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35 Comments

  1. Aloha Slim…. I wish I had known your thing for treehouses. There is a wonderful treehouse in Waipio Valley on the Big Island. You can stay overnight in it!!! I really like the photo of the treehouse in Kenya you posted…Interesting…..thanks!

  2. And, lest we forget, Bart Simpson’s fabulous treehouse and the wonderful house of twigs the Lost Boys made for Wendy.

    They couldn’t get me down from trees when I was a kid and this post took me back to those heady days when I sat way up in the treetops with my books and stuffed animals. It took bribes to get me to come down for dinner.

    Another great post, Slimmy.

  3. I think we all have a bit of a thing for living in the leaves. It is quite primal in a way, because our senses tell us it is safer. I love treehouses just as you do.

    And as for a smell-post, I do remember those scratch and sniff books in the 1970s we thought they were the best. Some things are best imagined… xo

  4. I love the Tarzan type tree houses. I once wrote about Tarzan and my early fantasies of being Jane and living in his tree house. gah.

    great photos, great houses.

  5. As you know my son has his tree house – “Adan’s Hangout” the sign reads. What you may not know is it is a magical place guarded by dragons : ) Every child should have their own treehouse and as clearly displayed by some of these designers .. so should the child in every adult. xoL

  6. Hi Slim
    No I was tree-house -less but my childhood neighbour did have one and I loved it! She sent me a photo recently which is on my blog of me standing in it circa 1975 or 1976, wearing a jumpsuit.

  7. Thanks for taking me back to memories of climbing trees, making huts and Swiss Family Robinson, a most treasured and well read book.

    And as so often, I am transported to countries never seen. What a treat!

  8. Yes!!!! I had a tree house. It was simply the hollowed out space in a very old willow–but to me it was the most magical place in the world. I spent hours imagining how I would expand and decorate it one day. I haven’t thought about it in many years; I wonder if my ol’willow is still giving adventures and dreams to other little girls who will one day love to decorate? I love this post and the magnificent photos. Thanks for a great Sunday.

  9. This makes me want to go climb a tree and read Swiss Family Robinson again. The best plan, though, would be to visit some of these wonderfully designed tree houses!

  10. Great photos Slim and thanks for the Patrick Dougherty photos and links…driving by and watching the Ketchum “twig evolution” twice a day was fascinating. Now I’m mentally seeing it in the falling snow and can’t wait.

  11. We didn’t exactly have a tree house — it was a tree platform — from which to swing through the forest on a Tarzan-style foot swing — what fun! another enchanting post Slim

  12. awww I love this post, thanks Slim!

    That mirrored Hotel is CRAZY, as is the Free Spirit Sphere.

    Wish I had a tree house to get cozy in on this dark rainy Vancouver day

  13. ” I thinK that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree ”
    Brilliant post Slim , loved and was in awe of every photo. I have adored trees forever. Thanks for giving us lovely images to start our Sun. xo.

  14. I’ve been a tree climber from a young age…didn’t have a house in one though. As a young one, it’s pure bliss to be above it all. Our barn loft filled that fancy. And, today…I’d SO wear one of those Chanel polishes while up in a tree! Mmmm!

  15. Oh, I could just hug every one of these trees — so beautiful. I’m heading east in a a couple of months, I can’t wait to see the installation at the Brooklyn BG. I agree, mother nature and her sense of detail is the most amazing thing, always enthralling..

    I hope you will stop by Splendid Market, I am having a great giveaway!

  16. Just returned from a walk with husband from our apartment in tornado devasted Park Slope to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to view the Patrick Dougherty houses per your recommendation….a great treat and as I passed all of the cut-up downed trees and limbs and branches piled up along the way I thought of all of the new stick houses that could be built from them…….if only……….thanks for another great tip and another great reason to be back in Brooklyn.

    • Hi Marsha
      Sorry to hear about the damage from the tornado- what a bizarre thing to happen,
      but I’m glad you took me up on the recommendation to go see Patrick’s installation!

      • You, as I’ve said before, are my secret recommendation addiction…….. here in Brooklyn and at the lake house in NH, I have acquired numerous suggestions, passing mentions, passions, etc. from Slim Paley………I even just got the new Panasonic camera—COSTCO!…….and I am someone who does her homework so you have to know that although YOU start the ball rolling, I do not follow blindly……..I enjoy them all (especially the books and music), and tell my husband that one of my good friends recommended…..whatever…….he wants to meet this new friend, but I keep putting him off………

  17. Thanks for an amazing post which brought back happy childhood memories.
    My husband and son will love your post too as we are all slightly mad about tree houses and are planning to visit the tree hotel in Lapland.

    I had sort of a tree house when I was a child. It was a little log cabin built around a huge old cedar of Lebanon with the trunk growing out of its roof. Maybe that’s when my love of interior design started, although it was a nightmare to furnish, the trunk was always in the way.
    I went back last year to show my young son where I grew up and it was lovely to see the cabin still in perfect condition 40 years later and the new owners’ young kids loving it just as much.

  18. Okay – goofy, I know, relative to what you present to us here – but the Swiss Family Robinson tree house at Disney World – I climbed it a number of years ago with my children and in all the years since, have not experienced another environment that charms me more. What is it about tree-dwelling? Do you suppose it’s primal? Thanks for these, Slim.

  19. hi slim,

    a neighbor had her husband build a tree house just for her in the huge tree in her front yard. at night it is so pretty, lit with a chandelier. i have to get a picture of it.

    my favorite pic here is of your young son having his snack and 7 up. darling.

    ~janet

  20. Fascinating post and your timing could not be better. I am leaving for NYC tomorrow and my NY daughter’s new digs are in Brooklyn so the Patrick Dougherty exhibit is a no brainer. I remember wishing that his magical house at the SB Botanic Gardens would last forever! Thanks, Slim.

    ~jermaine

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