Friday Fun: Quiet Time to Write

It’s been far too busy and sociable this past week or so, and now it’s time to focus on writing once more. So here are some places where ‘escape’ is the name of the game and SO much writing would get done in close proximity to nature…

Dandelion House by Terunobu Fujimori, from Pinterest.
Dandelion House by Terunobu Fujimori, from Pinterest.
Eastate Treehouse, from Buzzfeed.
Eastate Treehouse, from Buzzfeed.
Floating island in France from France Canopy and Stars website.
Floating island in France from France Canopy and Stars website.
Treehouse Beverley Hills, image by Joe Fletcher, from Architecture Now.
Treehouse Beverley Hills, image by Joe Fletcher, from Architecture Now.
Watamu Treehouse in Kenya, from holidaylettings.com
Watamu Treehouse in Kenya, from holidaylettings.com
Wilkinson residence, from thatoregonlife.com
Wilkinson residence, from thatoregonlife.com

 

 

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Friday Fun: Treehouses Ahoy!

Don’t you feel safer and cosier up in a tree? Must be ancestral urgings… Luckily, this is a post for which I did my ‘research’ earlier, as my hard disk seems to be dying and I don’t know how much longer I will be able to use the laptop.

Roost, designed by Antony Gibbons, from his website.
Roost, designed by Antony Gibbons, from his website.
Wilkinson Residence, from That Oregon Life.
Wilkinson Residence, from That Oregon Life.
Interior of the Wilkinson residence, That Oregon Life.
Interior of the Wilkinson residence, That Oregon Life.
Birds' Nest, Sweden, from treehotel.se
Birds’ Nest, Sweden, from treehotel.se
Interior of Bird's Nest, treehotel.se
Interior of Bird’s Nest, treehotel.se
Japanese teahouse by Terunobu Fujimori, treehouselove.com
Japanese teahouse by Terunobu Fujimori, treehouselove.com
Terrace of a treehouse, from Cipriani Charles Designs on WordPress.
Terrace of a treehouse, from Cipriani Charles Designs on WordPress.

Friday Fun: Treehouses – the Luxury Version

Following last week’s perched offerings, I realised that architects and hoteliers have caught on with humans’ perpetual fascination with treehouses. So there are now more new places high above the trees than ever before, where you can eat, study, play or even pray, indulge in your Tarzan fantasy… for the right price.

Loch Goil, Scotland. From 1759 website.
Loch Goil, Scotland. From 1759 website.
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand. From redwoodstreehouse.co.nz
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand. From redwoodstreehouse.co.nz
The space age look for one of the rooms in this treehotel in Sweden. From treehotel.se/ufo
The space age look for one of the rooms in this treehotel in Sweden. From treehotel.se/ufo
Moballizac, France. From chateaux-dans-les-arbres.com
Monballizac, France. From chateaux-dans-les-arbres.com
The Minister's Treehouse in Tennessee serves as a church as well. Probably the world's largest treehouse. From Matador Network.
The Minister’s Treehouse in Tennessee serves as a church as well. Probably the world’s largest treehouse. From Matador Network.
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Quiet Treehouse, custom-made by Blue Forest company. http://www.blueforest.com

 

Friday Fun: Perched Houses

Is it too early to be dreaming about holiday escapes? Or homes where it feels like you’re on holiday all year round? I rather like perched houses: after all, they provided our ancestors with such refuge. There is a beautiful poem by Romanian poet George Bacovia about the ‘lacustrine’ homes on stilts of long ago. Although, this being Bacovia, it is anything but cheerful… I’ll just translate the first stanza for you below:

De-atitea nopti aud plouind,
Aud materia plingind…
Sunt singur, si mă duce un gând
Spre locuintele lacustre.

So many nights I hear the rain,
hear solid matter cry and drain…
I’m all alone, my thoughts go back again
to the lacustrine dwellings.

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Floating House in Australia, from boredpanda.com
And another picture of it, because it is so amazing...
And another picture of it, because it is so amazing…
Amanzi complex, from Decoist.
Amanzi complex, from Decoist.
Villa perched on mountaintop in Canada, from Decoist.
Villa perched on mountaintop in Canada, from Decoist.
Perched high above the skyscrapers. Roofgarden from Domaine Home.
Perched high above the skyscrapers. Roofgarden from Domaine Home.
Perched for creativity: Neil Gaiman's shed. From Shedworking.com
Perched for creativity: Neil Gaiman’s shed. From Shedworking.com
Poised for flight in the Austrian Alps. From Decoist.
Poised for flight in the Austrian Alps. From Decoist.
Hotel Endemico in Mexico. http://www.hotelendemico.com/explore.html
Hotel Endemico in Mexico. http://www.hotelendemico.com/explore.html
Couldn't forget a treehouse, could we? This one is in Solling by Baumraum. From homedsgn.com
This is perhaps closest to what Bacovia had in mind, in Solling by Baumraum. From homedsgn.com

 

 

Friday Fun: Take to the Trees

Alongside a (slight) obsession with chateaux and libraries, you may know that I also dream of owning a treehouse. So here are some that have inspired me over the years…

Forest Hut or Gingerbread House? From Decoist.
Forest Hut or Gingerbread House? From Decoist.
Point Hotel in Washington State website.
Point Hotel in Washington State website.
Some are relatively simple, like this one from The Telegraph.
Some are relatively simple, like this one from The Telegraph.
Others can only be described as... grandiose. From The Treehouse Company Ltd.
Others can only be described as… grandiose. From The Treehouse Company Ltd.
The interiors are enticing too. Canada Farow Partnership.
The interiors are enticing too. Canada, Farrow Partnership.

We’ve come a long way from our tree-dwelling ancestors, haven’t we?

Now all I need to do is find a suitable tree…

Escapist Friday: Tree Houses

The weather is set to change to rain and snow this weekend, but just before it does, what better place to escape to than the height of a tree? From there we can watch all the flowers peek out their cautious heads, listen to birdsong and read our favourite books of course. On her wonderful crime fiction blog, Margot Kinberg recently mentioned places where detectives could retreat and recover from their hectic jobs. Sheds, boats, orchid rooms… We both agreed we would love to hear of a treehouse-dwelling sleuth. Do let us know if you’ve heard of one, won’t you?

Here are some tree houses that he/she might like to try out… Something for every taste, modern to traditional, mansion to modest dimensions. I suppose it’s something to do with our hunter/gatherer roots, that we are so attracted to tree houses.

Chateau de Langeais, Loire Valley, from Wikipedia.
Chateau de Langeais, Loire Valley, from Wikipedia.

 

Ecoperch, www.decoist.com
Ecoperch, http://www.decoist.com

 

Alnwick Gardens, UK; from Wikipedia.
Alnwick Gardens, UK; from Wikipedia.

 

Swedish Mirrorcube, www.treehotel.se
Swedish Mirrorcube, http://www.treehotel.se
E'terra Samara Hotel, Canada; Farrow Partnership; inhabitat.com
E’terra Samara Hotel, Canada; Farrow Partnership; inhabitat.com

 

www.decoist.com
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