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Come sleep amongst the trees in the #treehouse

You know, I started to do some serious thinking

Uhhhumm, a rare moment indeedy : thinking YES, serious NO

I bet most writers plan their blog writing.

Well, not me. I am one of those “fly by the seat of your pants” kinda gals.

Yesterday was no exception.  Well, except I flew by the seat of my pants from the tree house.

IDEAL WORLD: Everyone should have a #treehouse

 The tree house held me ransom for a day.

Grabbed a hold of me yesterday.

It needed to.

 I have heard of hump-day Wednesday but yesterday was crap-day Tuesday.  I would insert some very large potty mouth words in there but I don’t want to scar you.

 No – not SCARE….SCAR.

 I would be pardoning my french for days, maybe even for weeks on end with my *!%# language.

IDEAL WORLD: Everyone should have a #treehouse

Yes, I am IN THE FORT.

Much, I am sure, like Elvis.  For those of you as OLD AS ME…you will remember… “Elvis is in the building”. Well, “Lynne is in the tree house “

Two differences :

Come on – he was ELVIS after all. I have no illusions of such grandeur.

I am still in the tree house and I MAY NEVER LEAVE.  At least Elvis left the building.

So here I am ( in my so-called low tech~ no tech zone )

~ Seeking Refuge ~

  ~ Taking a Breather ~

IDEAL WORLD: Everyone should have a #treehouse

  Need to seek refuge somewhere?   Join me IN THE HOUSE

We all need that refuge.

Been there, done that, and I have the tree fort poster.

Treehouse by @lynneknowlton Design The Life You Want To Live

Come join me.

 Note: It can be HAIRY out there, but not in here.


Treehouse by @lynneknowlton Design The Life You Want To Live



We all have those days where you seriously contemplate spiking your coffee.   K, I didn’t do that.  Does it count if I THOUGHT about it?  Cause I did.  I mean, I sat there, looking over these almost dead flowers thinking….



Barn life near the tree house

Bailey’s would taste really nice in my coffee right now” 

I kid you not.

Ok – Ok – I kid – I kid

I had illusions that if I had in fact spiked my coffee, I may have felt all warm and fuzzy like this….

Misty view from the barn

Morning misty view over our fields

Confession:  If I had the goods, I would have mixed it.  I officially have the worlds best recipe for homemade Bailey’s.  A friend of mine that I have known since GRADE 7 gave me her WORLD FAMOUS RECIPE.  Seriously, THAT kind of recipe is pretty top drawer.

Bird feeder near tree house

On to the tree house.  You can take the designer out of the house, but you can not take the designer out of the gal.

Treehouse by @lynneknowlton Design The Life You Want To Live


Put on the fleece pajamas’. Yup, the ugly kind that you pray to Gawd that no one will ever see you in.

Wore the big fuzzy slippers.  You know the kind.  The ones that you should not be wearing past the age of 6.

Poured some really nice coffee and DREAMED ENDLESSLY about my contemplated Bailey’s spike.

My imagination is much wilder than my reality.

 I ventured my way over to the tree house.

Half drunk in my thoughts of Bailey’s.

See, even the thought of it is exciting.

In the moments it took to walk to the tree house, my mind, heart and soul settled into TREE HOUSE mojo.


Made my way up these steps.  They are still in progress, but they still rock in my books.

That is the “designer in me” talking…

not the “out of her mind on a crappy Tuesday” gal talking.

Treehouse steps with reclaimed iron railing

I contemplated doing the big fat crazy walk UP the slide.  Remember the days of wild-wild west SLIDE-VILLE ? A.k.a walking up the slide, hands holding on to the sides, hanging on for dear life.

 Well, that pretty much equalled my day.

Treehouse by @lynneknowlton Design The Life You Want To Live

I have it nailed.  Nailed to the wall.


Swear it.

In my ideal world, I think everyone should have one.

It made everything wrong into right again.

Treehouse by @lynneknowlton Design The Life You Want To Live

I kinda think it would be cool to have a tree house in THIS SHAPE…..but confession time again, my camera did that funky move.  The way it shapes to an OVAL, makes me feel like I am in the oval office.


Treehouse by @lynneknowlton Design The Life You Want To Live

Lettin’ the sun shine in

Still in the TREE HOUSE.

Best sleep ever

Everything that went wrong in my world yesterday, is right again.

So now you have it, Wednesday will be a good day.




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  3. Alex says:

    Came across you on Apartment Therapy and this is just amazing work! I’d totally live in there too. My parents live in Port Elgin so having driven down there, your area is lovely. And totally OT, the font on your comments is kick ass!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Alex !
      Thanks for your comment !! I didn’t even know I was in Apartment Therapy until you sent me the comment. Woohoooo !!! Made my day !!
      The font in the comments is called Architects daughter. Sahhhweeet font, in my humble font opinion. 🙂
      Cheers! Lynne

  4. Leanne says:

    Here ya go!! now you don’t have to reveal your world famous recipe!!

    Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

    1 C light cream (I used heavy whipping cream, which made it even richer)
    14 oz sweetened condensed milk
    1 2/3 C Irish whiskey (I used Jameson’s)
    1 t instant coffee
    2 T Hershey’s chocolate syrup (I used Torani)
    1 t vanilla
    1 t almond extract (I skipped this entirely)

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
    Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using.
    Will keep for up to 2 months.

  5. This is just bliss, Lynne. Complete bliss. Good for you. Enjoy!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thanks Barbara
      It was so great to talk to you on twitter yesterday. Loved it !! Big hug, Lynne xx

  6. Hi Lynne,
    I can’t believe this tree house! Incredible. I went to send you a DM on Twitter, but you’ve unfollowed me. Hope I didn’t offend you in anyway.
    Love the site, love the treehouse and totally agree with Cancer Sux!!!!!!
    Imen x

    • Ohhh no Imen, quite the contrary. I am even subscribed to your blog. I was just drooling over the Swiss Coffee Rolls this morning! Twitter unfollowed some of my best twitter buds this week. Not sure how that happened, but it happens sometimes. I will go and fix that right now. Lynne xx

  7. I want to come sit, drink and sleep in your tree house. Feels like I have crappy Tuesdays (Mondays, etc) a lot! The photographs are beautiful – I can feel the beauty and tranquility. Would certainly get me past the bad day.

  8. You slept in the treehouse? how wonderful. I have a good recipe for homemade Bailey’s as well. Perhaps a taste test is in order?!! I am sorry your Tuesday was so bad but hope that your weekend is fabulous! By the way, I try to have a few blog posts planned but more often than not life happens and the posts have to be postponed.

    • Hi Jess ! Yes, I sleep in the tree house every single chance I get :). It sleeps 4 people with an upper loft. Girlzzz road trip for the #tweehouse gals! Too funny about your blog posts…I could write a million of them…they are so exciting to write…but “life” gives me a chance to post one or two a week. Sounds like you are on the same blog ride. See you in NY !!! Lynne xx

  9. Susie (@Remodel_w_Feia) says:

    I so enjoy reading your blog! A bit of mediation imagining myself there in the treehouse. Keep posting your beautiful pictures so we can all “escape” there when we need to!

  10. Sam says:

    Mmmm I need some “Tree house mojo’ and Baileys in coffee on a crap tuesday is not problem at all!

    P.S. You are not only a kickass interior designer but also a bonafide creative photographer genius! Love that last shot!

    XO and Happy Wednesday and Thursday too!

    • Thanks Sam !!! Let’s have some baileys and coffee for breakfast in Toronto when you get back ! Deal ?! 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful compliments…..I want to run outside and take some more pix NOW . hahahaaaa

  11. Lynn-Your getaway in the woods is wonderful- you have me thinking about a place here

    I’m looking at 3 different places around here for solace, one the great tree on the back acres, 2 re- doing my art studio, 3 the wild area on the side of the house (tomorrow a ds is helping me make a path- have a hammock and a new bird feeder – will take before & after pics-joyce

    climbing the #tweehouse ladder now—bringing healthy snaks- peace & luv -joyce

    ps- (this post is on the same note as (I think) @jenniferduchene ‘s new book: LE CHIC COCOON–ts launching today—

    • HI Joyce! It is such a blast for all of us in the #tweehouse. I am LOVING that as much as the tree house. haha. The wild area on the side of your house sounds like a fab place for a tree house. Are you considering making your art studio ~ within a tree house? That would be super cool! I can’t wait to go and check out LE CHIC COCOON. Thanks for telling me about it !!! Lynne

  12. Asa Udden says:

    hmm.. maybe the booked trip with the kids to Germany around Halloween should have been directed to the Tree House instead.. but probably as cold as here in Sweden by that time 🙁
    Looking around our land everyday to try to find the spot for a tree house but I have to give up – nothing that suites well. Will keep buildning it in my dreams instead.
    Hope you all are well!

    • Hello Asa, building it in your dreams is a brilliant idea. It must happen in our minds first before it can happen in reality. You are in the right direction! :-). Until then, I will share the crazy tree house moments with you via my blog. That can be just as fun sometimes 🙂 Lynne

  13. Lynne, you are very generous to share your treehouse (#tweehouse on twitter) with all of us. I agree with Amy…this adult writing this comment could sure use a hideaway at times. I seriously want to know if you give photography lessons….or at the very least …tell me what kind of camera you use.

    • Hi Mo, I am happy to share my camera info with you. I also put the model number in my blog too. You may be able to search SONY in my blog search bar. If you have no luck with that, I will email you the model number. To tell you the truth, the camera does all the work for me. Super easy. One button touch. No lens to add, no nuthin’. Goof proof. Just what I needed, and sounds like you would enjoy it too. It is my fave camera ever ! Lynne xx

  14. Gail Wyer says:

    Remember what your mother taught you….sleep on it and you’ll feel better in the morning! So there, it worked! One for Mom….Seriously, keep those pj’s and slippers just in case !!!
    And I have a wonderful recipe for Rum Balls to go with your Bailey’s !!! Glad you’re happy again!

  15. abcdragoo says:

    omgosh. that is something else – what adult wouldn’t want a hideaway like that? you should go into business making them – flying all over the world installing them.

    p.s. I love that you ladies meet in the #tweehouse on twitter too

  16. Raniya says:

    Don’t make this look too good, I am warning you…I have miles!
    One morning you might find me sleeping in a corner of your tree house exhausted from the 2000 mile trip to come see you…and the house, ..and the coffee. with Baileys…jajajaja….