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  • Reed's Nursery Rhyme Nursery, This mural includes children's songs, fables, nursery rhymes, and tons of tiny critters and animals to keep a baby entertained.  I created this nursery for my first born son Reed.  I was 8 months pregnant when I began painting it.  This was my favorite project because it was the first time I got to create a project for my own child.   , Nurseries Design

    Reed's Nursery Rhyme ...

    10 photos, 1,820 Views, Flag

  • Seaside done simple, This is the 2nd bathroom in the new home im leasing.  it was just psinted when we moved in so didnt change.  storage units were there, so i used what i had.  the ann geddes prints made me go with the seaside/shell theme, Bathrooms Design

    Seaside done simple

    3 photos, 158 Views, Flag

  • Master bed & bath, My husband is away on business a lot!  When he comes home its to this very boring and plain masterbedroom suite.  I would love to welcome him home to a romantic tropical retreat that we can escape to together! Any ideas?, Bedrooms Design

    Master bed & bath

    9 photos, 390 Views, Flag

  • The Chocolate Blues (An update of my Vera Bradley-inspired kitchen), I'm a total Vera Bradley fan so when I learned of their home collection I knew it would be the basis of my kitchen. I wanted the kitchen to be a bright color so I used the teal's found in my Vera placemats. The blue makes me cheerful yet somewhat relaxed at the same time. I still have yet to find the art for my walls but with some great advice from my fellow RMSers I have added and updated somethings in this space., Kitchens Design

    The Chocolate Blues (...

    18 photos, 1,170 Views, Flag

  • Almost Done!, This is our living room/dining room.  We have eliminated our dining space and made it into a music space because we have an eat-in kitchen.  We've refinished the 100 yr. old hardwood floors (ourselves) and only have to put up the quarterround to finish the room., Living Rooms Design

    Almost Done!

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  • Modern Brown Nature, I used different tones of browns and tans to help tie in the fireplace and built-ins.  My husband collects CD's and DVD's, so I used the boxes to help conceal them and make the space look uncluttered.  Out of sight, out of mind!, Living Rooms Design

    Modern Brown Nature

    23 photos, 370 Views, Flag

  • House of Hargrove, Welcome to our home, Living Rooms Design

    House of Hargrove

    17 photos, 734 Views, Flag

  • 1966chic Hide Away, I love purple and green which are the colors of my bedroom and bath. Take a look.    , Bedrooms Design

    1966chic Hide Away

    19 photos, 92 Views, Flag

  • our whole house remodel since 2006, Our thirty year old house was pretty tired, so we did the new kitchen/dining room/living room three years ago.  The rest of the house was finished four months ago. We did all of the demo, framing, tile work and millwork ourselves,except for the plumber, electrician, and plasterers., Other Spaces Design

    our whole house remode...

    18 photos, 662 Views, Flag

  • master bedroom, Added tin to ceiling to blend with the rest of the house., Bedrooms Design

    master bedroom

    16 photos, 305 Views, Flag

  • Updated New house.., Updated photos, of master suite and kitchen, living room and outside., Other Spaces Design

    Updated New house..

    25 photos, 260 Views, Flag

  • Winter Wonderland, This is a picture of our backyard before., Yards Design

    Winter Wonderland

    5 photos, 386 Views, Flag

  • This photo album is experiencing technical difficulties., Here you see part of my little girls back yard playground that I have been building over the past seventeen or so months.  These Tree Creations in Geneseo, NY are a growing tree house village (at a private residence), consisting of themed tree houses connected with rope bridges for all to enjoy!

My Tree Creations were inspired by Maurice and Marie Barkley of Henrietta, NY. A visit while in college made me think "This would be nice to have for my grandchildren one day," and the thought was filed away. 

In May of 2011, a freak accident happened that took the eyesight from my left eye. A dry paint slug from an unplugged, disassembled latex paint sprayer shot out like a rubber bullet, hitting my nose. The Doctor said that if it had hit my eye, I would not be here today. This experience helped me realize the true meaning of "carpe diem" (or "seize the day") and that I may not be here for my grandchildren. When my daughters  asked for a tree house, I got to work. 

Being the princesses that all daughters is to their father, the first tree house started was one with a Castle theme. With a deck size of almost 120 square feet, it was to be grand in every way. 

During construction of this castle, we took a trip to the Long Island Children's museum. At the museum, some automotive parts were used in creating a make-believe automobile that was being enjoyed by all who touched it. Jokingly, I said to my wife, "we should put a Pinto in the tree" and then in an "ah hah" moment, my wife and I said "The Triumph."  (the car seen as my HGTV's profile picture).

In February 2012, a 1946 Triumph Renoun was dragged out from my scrap pile to breathe new life. The Triumph and the Castle were being built simultaneously with a purpose - to entertain children. I immediately remembered Maurice and Marie Barkley and their tree house village. 

I invited Mr. Barkley to see what he inspired me to build, and he informed me that he could no longer perform maintenance on his tree houses, and made a decision to donate the remains of their MYSTREES tree house village to the Tree Creations complex.  I am presently trying to restore some of these tree houses in honor of the work and inspiration that Mr. Barkley gave me.

The car was resurrected and re-purposed as a tree house and perched upon telephone poles with rigging that I designed and built.  Each of the tree houses (including the castle) are suspended by aircraft cable to allow for trees to sway in different directions (as not to tear the decks apart), to let the trees grow (without drilling into the trees), and to allow for adjustment (in case the rate of tree growth differs from tree to tree).  Most tree houses are between 10 and 12 feet in the air, with the lowest being the car (at 8 feet), and the highest being our church themed tree house deck at 20 feet.  The tallest point in the tree houses is the Church steeple where the tip is just over 32 feet off the ground!

Our village presently consists of a 1946 Triumph 1800 Saloon automobile, a veranda, a village square (roughly 250 square feet, which features a retractable set of stairs, a dumbwaiter, an elevator, and built in seating), a tea room, a wizard's den, the Margrose castle (on roughly a 120 square foot deck with towers over 15 feet tall), and a church (complete with stain glass windows and bells in the bell tower). 

Present items under construction to add to our other seven tree houses  include a "House of illumination", Galilean themed observatory, and a music themed tree house that includes a hand built / home-made pipe organ and other instruments for children to play!

Being a fourth generation "Townie" of Geneseo, NY, the tree house village will be around for generations to come as positive memories to all who help me build and play in it. 

Since the tree house complex is at a private residence, we would request that any visits are by appointment please. All are invited to come and play!  These are difficult economic times and I do not want to exclude anyone, so I am trying to keep this at no charge to enjoy!

Keep in mind, "we are on this earth but once, so any happiness we can bring or any joy we can give, do it now - without haste, for we shall not pass this way again" -unknown. 

Now let's have some fun! , Other Spaces Design

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  • Bare Canvas, Newly remodeled home with a bare canvas of a yard.  Desperately need ideals to create a masterpiece.  , Yards Design

    Bare Canvas

    22 photos, 82 Views, Flag

  • Tranquil Spa Bedroom, I set out to make our master bedroom feel like a upscale hotel spa suite. I love a very clean minimal decor. This space makes you feel very relaxed and calm. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!, Bedrooms Design

    Tranquil Spa Bedroom

    5 photos, 7,258 Views, Flag

  • GA house, This is a 2 story home built in 2005.  It has 3800 sq feet with 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths.  The pool was added this Summer.  Please comment on any changes that would improve the look of my home.  I have had no professional help so any comments would be appreciated.  I have few accessories in my home.  Please note that I do not have a plug-in for a lamp in the great room between the sofa and love seat.  Thanks.  , Living Rooms Design

    GA house

    30 photos, 6,980 Views, Flag

  • Chicago Timber Loft, My condo is located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.  It was formerly the Stiffel Lamp Co. until the conversion in 1999. The living room dining room and kitchen are essentially all one space with an old exterior brick wall running between the kitchen and the dining room. , Living Rooms Design

    Chicago Timber Loft

    17 photos, 1,474 Views, Flag

  • Country Primitive Dining Room, Here are some pictures of our dining room. I know there is allot to look at...lol But this is the way we like it. I love all the old things....they give me such a "homey" feel. We just finished our "remodel" on the Dining Room about 6 months ago. Nothing needed to be done but to make this house our home this is what we have done....We add new fixtures boarding up the ceiling & painting the walls & trim. , Dining Rooms Design

    Country Primitive Di...

    19 photos, 9,585 Views, Flag

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