Transform A Tree House into a Backyard Retreat
August 3, 2016 | Heather Griesser LaPierre
Be inspired by this transformed tree house – what it lacks in right angles (zero!) and square footage, it more than makes up for in natural light and evening breezes.


Living Room

Instead of retro camp stools, try a plush vintage sofa. In an appropriately outdoorsy shade of moss-green, the 1950s-era seating encourages visitors to linger well past curfew.

Instead of flashlights, try floor lamps. Sure, a flashlight adds drama to a ghost story, but this sort of grown-up retreat calls for full-on fixtures—and, yes, electricity.
What’s hiding in that trunk? A broom closet! Every tree needs a trunk, and this one’s home to a host of cleaning supplies.


Instead of hidden stashes, try open shelving. These 10-inch-wide wood slabs add rustic charm and keep odds and ends within arm’s reach.

Office Area

Instead of flower crowns and daisy chains, try pretty branches. Plants and flowers plucked from the Southards’ garden make the tree house feel (even more) at one with nature.
Instead of a top-secret diary, try a sophisticated writing stationThe diminutive oak secretary, which folds up when not in use, was the first thing the Southards bought for the tree house.


Instead of finger paintings and stick drawings, try watercolor artwork.Emily’s own handiwork adds a fitting dose of flora and fauna to the serene setting.


Instead of sleeping bags, try a full-size bed. The Southards designed the tree house around this iron bed, which was originally in a guest room in the main house. Made of bark cloth, the pillow’s material is aptly named for its environment.

 Reading Time

Okay, kids are allowed. Daughter Wendy Anne likes to hang out in “Papa’s Tree House” and read.

Source - Country Living


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