Homeowner Lynne Knowlton says the porch’s hammock chair is one of the tree house’s most popular spots. “It’s a nice place to simply enjoy the surroundings all day long,” she says.
In the kitchenette, details like the live-edge countertops and row of untreated wood cabinets reinforce the treetop setting in an authentic yet decorative way. To maximize storage, the island features open shelves on one side for keeping small appliances within easy reach.
The living area reflects Lynne’s design brief of natural wood paired with white accents. The daybed can sleep two additional guests. Accessories – finds from garage sales and antiques stores – placed directly on the exposed framing give the space a finished feel while maintaining the rustic look.
An avid traveller, Lynne has spent a lot of time in Bali, where she found the banister that borders one side of the bedroom loft. “It’s intricately hand made and was originally used as a gate on a Balinese fence,” she says.
Lynne spends time at the kitchenette’s bar area, which is accessible from inside and out. The countertop is made from reclaimed lumber, and it’s a fun spot to serve drinks and savour the scenery.
The hammock offers shady respite on hot summer days.
Pendant lights, distressed furniture and breezy drapery transform the covered space beneath the tree house into an outdoor dining area. “It’s a great place to eat dinner,” says Lynne, noting that she bought the reclaimed wood table and chairs in Bali. “We also love to play board games here.”
A side view of the tree house reveals a splash of red, visible on the right. “It’s an adult-sized slide attached to the upper deck,” says Lynne. “Tree houses are all about fun, and what’s more fun than a slide?”
Echoing the tree house’s kitchenette, the bathroom cabin features a live-edge countertop. “The detail on this piece is remarkable,” says Lynne. The stone sink is another find from Bali.
In the bathroom cabin, the rustic wood scheme gets a contemporary complement from a metal walk-in shower. “The metal is simply roofing panels,” says Lynne.
Positioned beneath one of the bedroom loft’s windows, the bed sits on a cozy rug – a departure from the exposed barnboard floors downstairs. “Keeping cool summer mornings and evenings in mind, we thought guests would be more comfortable with a rug on the floor,” says Lynne. “I love how it warms up the space and the tootsies!”