How to Build a Stick Fort

How to Build a Stick Fort

Toys that leave something to the imagination are hard to come by.   Even harder are those that actually aim to encourage your kids to go outside and make something original.  So when I stumbled across stick-lets I immediately pre-ordered a couple sets (they are already sold out and so you will have to wait…

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Catching a glimpse of this picture on Pinterest, I was immediately inspired to learn more about the building and artist who created it.  What a find to learn about architect -artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the Hundertwasser House in Vienna, Austria. As a child Hundertwasser and his mother (who was Jewish) posed as Christians to avoid persecution in the time leading up to…

Garden Destination: Garvan Gardens, Lake Hamilton Shore, Arkansas

Garden Destination: Garvan Gardens, Lake Hamilton Shore, Arkansas

Completed and dedicated in 2006, the Anthony Chapel, designed by Jennings + McKee is the new star of the Garvan Gardens.   Garvan Gardens is located on the shores of Lake Hamilton and is the creation and gift of Verna Cook Garvan. From the Garvan Gardens website: “The site for Garvan Woodland Gardens was purchased…

French Treehouse Envy

Envy is almost getting the best of me.  One of my favorite regular bloggers has recently gone on an adventure that I long to embark upon (again) myself.  In February, Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom moved her family to France for a year.  In addition to her regular posts, she is also now sharing the…

Yestermorrow Design/Build Classes in Vermont

I am drooling over the Yestermorrow Design Build School and though it is almost the end of January, I have a new, new years resolution. I will attend a class of some sort (at the yestermorrow school or likewise) and learn a new hands on do it myself building technique. image from the cleaner plate…

Before & After: A Seasonal Treehouse

Which should be the before and which should the the after? I decided, finally, to go with the more encouraging version. While it is snowy and beautiful now, it will turn green and just as beautiful again soon. Tree house belongs to, and was photographed by stocksundgarden.

My Treehouse Inspiration

I found it!! ….This is the inspiration shot that is helping me get my head around the upgrades we plan to make to our tree house this year.   Until I saw this, I didn’t realize how much ‘foundation’ plantings could add to a tree house — a place with no true foundation.  Also, in the…

Garden Destination: Gilroy Gardens: A Little Story About a Tree Circus

Nearly a hundred years ago a Swedish born bean farmer named Axel Erlandson settled in California and in an effort to entertain his family he shaped trees.   Axel could have never have guessed that his playful masterpieces would exist still today and that his tree story would endure long past his death. Having discovered…

Living Willow Structure – Auerworld Palace – Aeurstedt, Germany

Known as the “Mother of all willow palaces” this living structure (palace really) was created in 1998 in Aeurstedt, Germany in the region between Weimar and Naumburg. Weaving live saplings together to form a domed cathedral space, architect Marcel Kalberer and his group Sanfte Strukturen are re-envisioning the way living building materials and techniques can…

TIIIMMMBERRRR!!!

Trees are falling outside and it is SO utterly distracting.  I have the TV on to try and distract from the sound of chainsaws and the occasional building shaking thud — it is simply not working to try and work through this…. I am headed out to take some photos of and then am heading…

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