Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the Tree House design. The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.
Surrounded by a berm for insulation and lined with cedar shingles, this reflection area at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 is a cozy respite from the winds off the nearby San Francisco Bay. The centerpiece of the design is a 15-year-old coastal live oak, which thrives in salty air and is tolerant of California's drought conditions.
In the middle of this Austin, Texas lot stands a live oak tree. Instead of tearing it down, designers decided to incorporate it into the design of the house, allowing it to be a focal point for the construction of this home. To include it as part of the living space, designers built a deck around the tree, giving shade to the house and the sitting area that rests around the tree's trunk.
Landscape design firm Siol added a berm to create an intimate space for reflection and meditation in the backyard of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. A crane was used to lift a 15-year-old, drought-tolerant coastal live oak tree into the mounded area, which is lined with cedar shingles.
The focus of the interior of the home is on the view of the nature that surrounds it. Geometric windows on the front wall of the home allow in plenty of filtered sunlight and a prime view of the lot's design inspiration-the Live Oak Tree. A neutral color palette and stained concrete floors reflect the sunlight and make the space feel connected to the outdoors.
Reclaimed oak wood floors and beams give a warm and earthy tone to this Craftsman-style living room. The living room bears all the hallmarks of the renowned style, from the wood floors to the clean-lined furniture to the woodwork on the walls and natural light filling the space.
Pocket doors open to reveal the home's formal living room where one of it's seven fireplaces is a focal point. Multiple pairs of french doors line the back walls of the living and dining room for easy access to the home's extraordinary outdoor space.
This 8,000-square-foot home is carefully integrated into the surrounding landscape, which includes more than 130 live oak trees. The bedrooms are buried into a hill and beneath a green roof of edible herbs.
The woven design of the umber-hued lounge chairs on this cozy deck resembles classic wicker furnishings. A grand live oak, saved during the home's construction, provides a shading canopy over this outdoor sitting area.
This light green and white bedroom overlooks the majestic live oaks on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, with features like exposed beams, a four-post bed that centers the room, and a sturdy, wooden daybed beneath the arched window.
The second floor balcony of this New Orleans home, built and restored in Second Empire style, invites guests to sit along the wrap-around deck, lined with wrought iron, and overlooking views of the live oaks growing along Esplanade Avenue.
The upstairs master suite has new, large windows that provide a view out onto the branches of a large live oak, creating a natural green and tranquil backdrop for the bedroom. Gray linens decorate the bed, while a black metal bed frame and nightstand add contrasting touches.