We want to build a treehouse in the back garden for the boys. I’ve been filled with ideas looking at these summer tree homes and grand designs. There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature, amongst the peace and quiet.
My ultimate dream would be this Nendo Bird Apartment (pictured above) which can house up to 78 nesting birds which visitors can observe. It’s in the middle of a forest in Komoro City, Japan.
Tree hotel in Sweden is 7 individually designed contemporary lodges high up in the tall pine trees. These cabins are stylish and eco-friendly and have epic views of the surroundings. There’s even one called Bird’s Nest made of foraged branches.
Terunobu Fujimori and London-based, Japanese architect Takeshi Hayatsu have created an inhabitable charred-timber roofed treehouse (last pic on the right). It looks so beautiful in the spring, surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Charring the wood is a traditional technique that actually protects the wood against rain, rot, and insects for at least 80 years.
Practical interiors are something I’d definitely consider for my dream treehouse, decorated with a Donna Wilson Woolywood blanket and cushions (of course!). I’ve been looking at rustic cabins and I love the utilitarian wooden interior of Inshriach Bothy in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. It’s not a treehouse but a small cabin. Used for artist residencies with can be hired for a season.
The Donna Wilson Easter Bunny is trying to track down a very special egg! She is hunting on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the best looking Easter Egg she can find. We want you to show us a your Egg-cellent Donna Wilson inspired Egg creations and we will reward the Egg-ceptional winner with a cosy Bunny Scarf, your choice of grey or brown. No yolk!
Your entry can be a drawing or a photo of a Donna Wilson style Easter Egg and must contain hashtag #DWEasterEgg so our Easter Bunny can find you! On Tues 29th March we will hop to it and pick the winner.
Get scrambling and submit your entry! Remember to #DWEasterEgg
We recently added a couple new styles to our collection of fabric, which Donna was inspired to design in an effort to encourage people to be more creative and make things at home again.
She remembers: “When I was young, my mum used to make dresses for me and my sister, and I still remember so clearly all the fabrics that she used. I think there was much more of a culture of making things back then… Everyone made clothes, curtains, and duvets. I really believe that if you make something yourself, you enjoy the final product much more as you put your love and time into it.”
And for one month only, we’ll be giving away our Cap Sleeve Top Pattern for FREE when you buy 2 metres of any of our fabrics.
Tell your friends and share on Facebook!
Our collection of fabric features some of Donna’s signature motifs drawn from nature – clouds, trees, and other references to her childhood growing up on a farm in Aberdeenshire, and in keeping with our commitment to support local manufacturing, all of the fabrics in the collection are printed in the UK.
We’re so pleased to unveil this beautiful new blog we’ve been working on for some time now. We hope you like it! And we’d like to extend a very special thank you to Siew who designed it and Andrew who built it! x
In other news, we have also just added to our website a handful of new fabrics for Spring!
The five new styles we have just added to our growing range of fabrics are part of a special series Donna has designed exclusively for John Lewis, and are only available at select John Lewis stores and on our website. All fabrics are printed in the UK.
We hope these new styles and colours inspire you to have a go at sewing this Spring! We’ll soon be posting some patterns and ideas for what you can do with these fabrics. Stay tuned!
New in our kitchen textiles range, we are excited to launch our first collection of matching cotton aprons and oven mitts which have just arrived in our studio this week!
These new aprons and oven mitts feature Donna’s friendly Fox and Lion and signature Mountain Home landscape, and were designed in an effort to encourage home-cooking and collaborative experiments in the kitchen!
Our Lion Mini Apron is sized especially for little chefs-in-training.
These new oven and oven mitts coordinate with our existing collection of tea towels.