Somehow I hadn’t heard about the treehouse before we moved here. What a wonderful, unexpected surprise!

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The details continue to make me smile — like this scalloped metal trim.

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This bell waits at the front door.

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The front door opens and closes with this little knob.

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A small shelf (to leave gifts of seashells) and a place to write a note. You can open the cupboard by pulling the ribbon and leave a message inside.

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The scalloped trim on the awning is amazing. And so are the walls made of woven sticks.

Inside, you’ll find a collection of antique keys…

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…and some dishes ready for tea time.

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Let’s admire the shutters. They open and close.

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This is the view from the back. Do you see the heart cut out of the wood?

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A hanging picture frame to gaze through. Genius!

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So many great ideas — I hope to copy them all some day.

Update: Here are some more details I just received from the homeowners. “As you probably guessed, Hugues [the husband/father] built the treehouse around that big walnut tree several years ago. It was a labour of love, and he spent the good part of a summer constructing it. The wonderful thing about it is that we didn’t buy anything to make it (apart from nails). We had all the materials either in the house, the barns or in the local forest. The decorative woodwork is in hazelnut. The antique keys are [my daughter’s] key collection and we thought that a good place to display them.”

How about you? Did you have a treehouse growing up? Have you built one for your kids?