Okay, okay, I know I’m a bit old to be playing in a tree house, but I’m quickly running out of rooms in my parents’ house that I have any control over! It got me thinking creatively about unused spaces, and my childhood tree house came to mind. I climbed the ladder for the first time in years and found that my parents were using it to store some lumber and old planters. While it’s easy to envision it turned back into a kids’ play fort, I saw an opportunity for a more grown up space. I decided to transform the tree house into a quiet, peaceful and cozy reading retreat. Sometimes it’s nice to just get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the backyard can be a great place to do it if you’re broke like me and can’t afford a vacation. I bought a couple select pieces for the makeover, but most of the decor I already had lying around the house (I’ve tried to remember pricing and stores for the items I already had). Get resourceful! If you don’t have a tree house, think about taking a second look at your patio, or even a tool shed!
Built by my dad when I was small
Full of junk! (heavy junk)
This old chair was in my garage, and came from my father’s childhood home. I love how over the years, the white paint has chipped away to reveal the wood and the vibrant turquoise colour the chair once was. I decided to make this chair my jumping off point. It has a great garden vibe and a nice pop of colour.
Lighting: Found these adorable little turquoise lanterns for only 2$ each at Bouclair Home. I tied them across the top beam with ribbon and lit candles in them to create a romantic, relaxing atmosphere. I slung an old turquoise sheet over the beam so that it can be pulled across to create shade and/or privacy.
I got the log from the wood pile near our fire pit. It can do triple duty as a foot stool, side table, or extra seating. The colourful glass pieces are a great addition that I have been collecting for years. And of course, nothing says relaxation quite like a glass of wine! ;)
Placemat: Bouclair Home, 2$
Jug/Vase: Homesense, 5$
Iron Table: Garage Sale, 30$
Iron lantern: a garden nursery, 20$
Turquoise candle: Bouclair Home, 6$
For the comfy plush area, I simply stacked two patio cushions on top of one another and wrapped them in a white blanket. Throw on a bunch of pillows and voila!
Two of the pieces I bought especially for the space! The crocheted squirrel pillow was too perfect for a tree house space to resist, and I loved the eclectic look of the blanket. (30 dollars each at Homesense)
Tree painting: Painted by me :)
Dream art: Home Hardware, 16$
I can’t even tell you how great it was to just kick back, relax, dream, read and escape in my new space.
I hope you like it!
*all photos original to Tiffany Leigh
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