Of interest this long weekend: the Settle Times has a section dedicated to outrageous treehouses in Tina Potterf's Saturday article "One-of-a-kind tree houses that really seem like home."

One of Smith's favorite tree houses is near Poulsbo. The 500-square-foot house, built as a studio and getaway space, is loaded with amenities and homey touches. The interior features a sleeping loft, a fireplace and a fully functional kitchen and bathroom.

The walls are done in hand-hewn recess pine paneling and fir timbers, and the kitchen countertop was constructed from a thick slab of fir. Ample windows, including reclaimed stained-glass panels, keep the space light and airy. The interior is modern, with stucco and an exposed stone finish.

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