More Wall Trees . . .

Endicott West

For those interested in "domythic" decorating, here are some more Wall Trees for you -- this time at the Endicott West Arts Retreat in Tucson, Arizona (which I helped to create and design, along with Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner). For this desert enviroment, the painting technique is just a little different from the "wall trees" in my cottage in Devon.

Above, the kitchen table in the Main House at E-West sits in a grotto of white sycamores. Below is another white sycamore (they're my favorite desert tree), painted in the rustic little Bunk House in the barn -- which is where I stay when I'm at the Retreat.

Endicott West

The colors I use for the desert Wall Trees are brighter than the ones I use here in Devon. It suits that gorgeous desert light, and reflects the regional influence of Mexican design. (The Mexican border is just a short drive south.)  The branches of of the tree in the photo above go around the corner (on the left) to arch over wooden shelves full of dishes and pottery. On the right, they arch over a dusky blue door that opens into a charming little Mexican bathroom. Alas, I don't have a picture of that -- but here is the rest of the room. (The photos come from a different year, and somebody has swapped the wicker chair for a purple one. Things move around a lot at E-West.)

The E-West Bunkhouse

The E-West Bunkhouse 2

Wall trees at Endicott West

There are also trees in the E-West Library (in the right-hand picture above, and below), spreading their shade over a blue velvet couch and chair passed down from my Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother. The walls are painted with adobe clay paint, to which I added chopped up straws and grasses to give them an interest texture.

Endicott West

And here's one of the shy little magical people who inhabit the place, at least in my imagination.... 

Desert Fairy

To sleep, perchance to dream. . .

Tree Bed by Attiladesign
The next best thing to sleeping among the trees is a bedroom turned into a forest. I love (and covet) the "Apple Tree Canopy Bed," above, by Attiladesign in Finland -- as well as the magical two beds below: "Tree Bed" from the Shawn Lovell Metalworks in California, and a fairy tale bed from La Lune Collection in Milwaukee.

Magical Beds
At Weaver's Cottage, the little 16th century stone house where I lived for many years (in the center of the same Devon village where I live now), I made my own forest by painting the shadows of trees on the old cob bedroom walls. Being shadows, they're a little hard to see in a photograph, but they're there. (Click on the photos for larger versions.)

Woodland bedroom, 1

Woodland bedroom, 2

Woodland Bedroom, 3

Woodland Bedroom, 4

My village neighbor Danielle Barlow recently created the "Enchanted Forest Bedroom," below,  for her daughter Maddy. (Lucky girl!) Follow the link to Danielle's blog to see more pictures and read about it's creation.

Maddys room nov 12