The Treehouse School of Portsmouth

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The Treehouse School was one of my favorite projects for many reasons.... Number one: I needed to incorporate color which is always a fun challenge because my design mantra screams "subtlety" (how's that for an oxymoron?).  Color can sometimes be the combatant to this if the big picture is not kept in mind.

Number two: I loved the Treehouse's teaching philosophy which is a combination between building student confidence through independent choice while also strengthening a student's ability to handle direct instruction.  In today's society (not to get too political) but I think the gray area, a middle ground, is needed now more than ever.  We could ALL use some more "hybrid" if ya ask me (adults included).

Number three: The owner of The Treehouse School is my sister!   I have passion for design but when mixed with the ability to help my sister (the second mother to my children) achieve her dream, this project was unparalleled.  Yes, we fought like cats and dogs...

"Katie, I'm not spending that much!"

"Kristin, it's a one-time expense you cheap bastard!"

But through it all (despite our unorthodox client/designer relationship), Kristin articulated her vision and built her magical preschool.  She envisioned it, believed in it, worked for it, and thus created it. What a great example to set for her students!

She chose her school's name because a Treehouse represents a pillar of strength, grounded in roots.  It represents exploration and adventure...climbing to new heights and seeing the world from a different perspective. Kristin, I think you're actually living your own philosophy and I can't tell you how proud I feel to be a part of it!

So how did we start?  Like all Ivory & Bone projects! With a philosophy and a concept...

 

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The Concept

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The Design

* All photos courtesy of Kate at Freebird Photography

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Ring the bell....School's in Session!