Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sneak Peek - Storybook Cottage

I have been crazy busy lately and enjoying every minute of it! The playhouse above is one of the designs I've been working on and am very excited about. It has gone through several changes, but is at the point where I am creating construction documents and a material list. Before it's all said and done, I'd like to look at a few more material options for the exterior. This floor plan could easily go from a storybook style playhouse to a modern play space by simply changing the materials.

This playhouse is perfect for sleepovers!  A bed nook is built into the wall, creating a great place to curl up with a book or just daydream. It also has a trundle bed that pulls out providing plenty of room for guest.  I'm still looking at options, but the sketch above shows a circular hobbit style opening into the bed nook.  Check back to follow the progress on this storybook style playhouse!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

8 Amazing Life Size Gingerbread Houses

What's more enchanting than a house made of candy?  I really can't think of anything.  As a child, I made a few gingerbread houses, but this year will be the first time I make one with my boys.  Candy and architecture...this is going to be fun!  I did a bit of research just to see what was out there, and found some amazing life size structures.  Our gingerbread house building could easily get out of control.  I REALLY want to make something big, but I think in order to finish this project we will have to limit the size to something that will fit on our dining room table, maybe even shoebox size.  I am also reminding myself that the point of this project is to have fun with my four year old.  Any one with a four year old knows their attention span is not that long.  

Now that I'm officially fascinated with gingerbread houses, I feel the need to properly research them.  If you have seen an amazing life size gingerbread house that I've missed let me know.  In my initial research I ran across some beautiful illustrations that I'll share soon too.

If you have a moment to really study these pictures notice the level of detail and ornamentation.  Also notice the shape and proportions.  No surface is left undecorated, and most of them have a very prominent roof line.  They're all very whimsical and fun, and have a distinct storybook style.

I hope these images inspire you to make a gingerbread house with your family!