Meet Emily and Sloane
Starting out as a tree house for guests, Emily and Sloane Southard transformed a typical hideaway for kids into a sophisticated room with a spectacular view. The Southards used a stash of old windows from Sloane’s window-restoration business to inspire their design. Having no right angles in the entire house, the two had to be resourceful and inventive with their design choices. Inside it has a plush 1950s sofa, floor lamps, and open shelves. Other features include a broom closet hidden as a vintage trunk and an oak secretary’s desk that folds up when not in use. The surroundings are drenched in natural light with windows spread across the house. Watercolor artwork made by Emily adorns the white painted walls and give the place some more colors and accents. After nearly a year of their hard work, Emily and Sloane finished the house and named it “The Fox House”, taken from a poem by Wendell Berry. Charming and full of character, this grown-up version of a tree house will really capture your eyes and imagination. Take a look at these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
Emily and Sloane Southard had high hopes for the tree house in their Nashville backyard. “Our initial thought was, ‘Let’s turn this into a guest room,'” Emily says. “Once we started, we realized we had to tear it down and start over due to structural issues.” While construction was long and complicated—with full-time jobs and a young daughter, a “tree house reno” certainly wasn’t a priority
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