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I didn’t have a treehouse when I was growing up, but I noticed one in the backyard of some of my neighbors that never seemed to be used. The couple built it for their son who had long since gone off to college, leaving the fort abandoned. They kindly told me I could play there whenever I wanted, and I didn’t have to be told twice. Seeing this piece in The New York Times‘ Home & Garden section about the treehouse Alexandra Meyn built behind her Brooklyn apartment brought me right back to those days.

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Photo: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

This structure is architecturally more sophisticated than the fort we played in (French doors!), but still has an air of youthful whimsy about it with the eclectic furnishings. And though it’s in an urban space, the worn wood and mulberry tree foliage lend it a natural rusticity. Meyn and I are neighbors of a sort, since we live in parts of Brooklyn that border each other. I wonder if she’d work out the same visitation arrangement with me that my old neighbors did. It’s worth a try, right?

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  1. [...] Daily Delight: Grown-Up Urban Treehouse HGTV Design Happens Sun, December 4, 2011 10:00 AM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate this story Share (function(){var [...]

  2. manzur alam says:

    what a idea grown-up urban tree house you have done. i really like this post so much…..thank you
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  3. scmh uk says:

    Daily Delight: Grown-Up Urban Treehouse | HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens

  4. Briana@HGTV says:

    Yes! That wallpaper is spot-on, no? Very shabby-romantic. A stove would be dreamy. Maybe right next to the rocking chair on the lower level?

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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