Thursday, April 9, 2009

Among the Trees

When I was little, I was captivated by the Disney film "Swiss Family Robinson." I loved the storyline and the characters, but what I most loved was the idea of living in a treehouse.

Treehouse life seemed utterly romantic and adventurous, and I can remember thinking that Fritz and Roberta were wise when they decided to stay and begin their joint life on the island.

While I can't say that the idea of full-time treehouse living seems quite as fantastic as it once did, I still love the idea of a treehouse escape.

It seems like a perfect tranquil place to step away from the hectic pace of everyday life, whether in your own backyard or perhaps even as a quaint vacation home. I would happily load up with books, magazines, and snacks and sneak away to read and nap in this treehouse featured on Cote Maison.

Should you tire of being among the leaves, a daybed close to the ground would be a perfect accompaniment to your getaway in the trees.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Abstract Paisley

I keep going back to the abstract paisley necklace from Hello Fabulous, and while I am not sure exactly what keeps calling to me, I do know I love the shape and colors. It makes quite a statement and would likely look as good with a cocktail dress as a simple t-shirt and jeans-- gotta love a piece that's skilled at multi-tasking!

Monday, April 6, 2009

One With Nature

While looking through the portfolio of California-based Backen Gillam Architects, I was taken with one project after another, and one of the things that struck me most was how connected each space felt to its surroundings.

There is a blurring of lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces in their work, and I love the wide expanses of windows and doors that tie living areas to nature.

Napa Valley Residence

Stags Leap Residence

Diamond Mountain Residence

Oakville Residence

Portola Valley Residence

St. Helena Farmhouse

Yountville Residence