Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Lofty Space

The loft is finished in the tree house
My uncle gave several of these wooden plaques to my son.  I painted this one and mounted a 3-D puzzle of a deer.  It can easily be taken down to play.  The puzzle came from Books-A-Million.
I hung the small wooden oars on either side of the loft and a simple yellow lantern to hold a battery operated candle.
I have many vintage copies of old books, like Huckleberry Finn that belonged to my husband when he was young.  The Boy's Book of Survival has been our summer guide and is a great little book to have!
I hung the constellation map above the pillows for learning purposes.  We are learning a few things about the stars, as they relate to direction.
Another plaque hangs opposite the 'deer.'  I think I may get the 'moose' puzzle for this one!
Do you remember these old Eveready flashlights that could take out a person?  This one doesn't work, but the kids use it to hide secret messages.
Surprisingly, this little space stays cool in the summer with the canopy of trees.  I added the $3.99 rug from IKEA.
More on the cage light can be seen {here.}  The fishing creel holds the wires neatly out of the way.
The large fishing lure on the left was found at Hobby Lobby.  Who remembers playing with the can 'phones' as a child?  My kids use these to 'call' downstairs from the loft.
This is a collage of some of the pictures hanging on the walls.  I printed some pictures of my children, some from the computer and purchased some from Hobby Lobby, but my favorites are the kid's art!
The top picture is of my children last July while fishing off the dock and the bottom photo is of an old campsite (
I found these adorable free camper printables {here} and the bottom image came from  I love the tent made from the oars!  You girls who make these free printables, you ROCK! I love these! Please go visit the Handmade Home and see her other super cute printables and creative blog...a favorite of mine!  Tell her you came from 3PL!  I am off to print the retro cars!
The 'rent' sign was found at a flea market and the old red lantern is from England.
I made the 'Lake Club' sign from some willow twigs and a salvage piece of wood.  It is a spoof on the fancier Lake Club just up the road.  We are only members at this one!
We have had some odd weather here in SC lately!  A huge cedar tree came down during one of the storms at my in-laws, so a huge batch of firewood came home with us.  I sanded a few stumps to use as side tables or stools around the campfire...perfect for this tree house.
With all the crazy weather (and many trees blown over) Rob has been prayin' that these two trees wouldn't come down!  Yes, it would be a very sad day for all of us!

I hope you are having a great summer!  The days are ticking away too fast!  What happened to the days of listening to the crickets on a lazy hot summer night, where you sip a glass of lemonade while watching down the street for your neighbors to come visit?  I long for the clock, or really our pace to slow down!

Or maybe I have been watching too much of the Walton's!

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Kimberly said...

What a lucky child!
I could easily camp out there!
I commend you for giving your son a hide away where he can use his imagination and create his own fun. No electronics allowed!

Karen said...

Christie, you have made such a fun place. I see your personality reflected here, "longing for the good ole days". As I looked at the pics, I could not help but imagine them enjoying themselves & mom sending lunches & snacks with them in the metal lunch boxes. :-)
Just Precious!

Marsha said...

Nice spot for the kids. I remember we had a tree house when we were growing up. We played out there all the time. It was attached to four telephone poles and we had to climb a ladder to get inside. I love that your house is tucked into the trees. So nice and with furnishings!

Unknown said...

Great kid's space, I love how you decorated it!
My boys made there own beds and loft out in the cubby and like to sleep out there sometimes!

Creative Raisins said...

Oh my gosh, this is fantastic. Every piece of it, from the oars to the can phones and everything in between. LOVE IT

Kris said...

The kind of tree house every kid longed for!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Another fantastic project by you, Christie. You think of every last little tiny detail that makes the space so special. Yes, the days are going by way too fast. Link this up to my party for others to enjoy!

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

Love it! Can I come hide there?! ; ) Blessings, Sharon

Rae said...

Love it!

At The Picket Fence said...

I adore every.single.thing about this Christie!! You really have created a place that will be forever cherished long after they have outgrown it. What a fantastic space for them to dream and imagine and enjoy the best parts of childhood. I'm truly in awe of it all my friend! :-)
P.S. I've been watching old reruns of the Waltons too! LOL!

Linda @ bushel and a pickle said...

Won't show this to my girls...they will want one too! What a wonderful place to dream and play.

Amy Kinser said...

Christy, This is a wonderful place. I'm thinking it's not just great for the kids, though. I would love it in there.

We are making your cupcakes today for a cookout/birthday party tonight. Can't wait to try one.


Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

As always, your photos are magical. :) Doesn't matter what it is.

Jen @ EmbellishingLifeEveryday said...

I was in love with this tree house before I even knew you had a little loft built in to it! How cool is that. omeday when we are in a home with mature trees in our yard, we will be building a tree house like this one!

Kim said...

Oh, it's so Kit Kittredge!!!

I'm sure your kids will have great memories of this as adults - what a gift you have given them!!

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun this will be! I love all the special things you have put inside, too. We had a tree house as children, and another for our own son. Neither was this grand, but it felt like we could get away - it was wonderful.

The Charm of Home said...

That is super cool! The kids will always remember this space.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I so enjoyed this post!! You did a wonderful job!

Unknown said...

FLIPPEN DARLING! My kids would never leave it... HECK' I wouldn't either just adorable and all the fun details. Going to share it on my COM FB page. winks-jen

Jenna said...

OMG, this is just ah-mazing. Your kids are so lucky! You did a great job making it feel like a real hideout for them. Absolutely love it!


Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

The 3-d deer is such a good idea! You are so creative! Great memories for your kids.

Sarah said...

Wow! What lucky kids. This is fabulous!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Rustic, elegant and charming settings! Lucky kids! Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

a quiet life said...

so adorable, such lucky kids with all your talent!

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