The prospect of having a tree house at Spring Bird was perhaps one of the more exciting possibilities of moving here. From the beginning, we wondered about its design, but we didn't put a plan in motion until stumbling across the perfect location for its construction. About this time last year, I was going for a walk in the woods and stumbled upon a fallen oak that I had never noticed. I was simultaneously shocked at its magical beauty and the fact that I hadn't ever seen it before. I knew instantly that it was the perfect spot for the tree house, but of course, the kids would have to give their final approval. They quickly ascended the fallen oak finding comfort in is accessible majesty. They continued to scramble on it while combing over stacks of DIY tree house books. Over the summer and fall, Pat built their tree house to their specifications, and by fall, the kids were spending weekends with their cousin creating and commanding their own worlds.
There are a few finishing touches to the tree house before the kids can spend a warm night there, but for now, they have been enjoying making it their own special place.
After relocating my studio to the barn loft from our basement map room, I indulged in repainting and refurnishing this cozy, creative space into a place for office work, games, drawing, and reading. The mattress was built by Martha and David specifically for the counter. It's my favorite place to read, write, and take naps. Furthermore, it was wonderful to reclaim an indoor place as the cold drove us inside. Because of its partial submersion in the hillside and picture windows, you feel like you are nearly outside when you nestled in this room. After all, two injured deer have nursed their wounds near its window. When it is uncomfortable to be lounging outside, this is the next best place to be.
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Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.